I wanted to get a quick Newsletter out in time for the release of
the 8.6 upgrade as I have some tips that will help make the upgrade
a little easier for you. Also wanted to let you know that I
have completed my Copy Protection Widget and have a demo available
for that. Finally, I am interested in getting some input on a
new product that I am considering adding to my line of ToolBook
Developer Products. And, oh yes, I have two new
ToolBookDeveloper Tools that you might want to check out. All
of my existing customers* get $25 off of either or $50 off of both
of these tools if you purchase before June 1, 2003.
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*If you aren't already an existing customer, all you
need to do is buy one of my other products along with one of these
new products to get the existing customer discount!
There are two types of
upgraders: Those who upgrade the minute that the upgrade is
available and those who avoid upgrades like the plague.
Regardless of your upgrade "style" this FreeBee tip (actually there
are a whole bunch of tips) will help assure that you don't do
something that you will regret for weeks and months to come.
If you are a seasoned developer and have already been through lots
of upgrades you probably already know most of this. But if you
have ever ended up pulling your hair out after an upgrade, I will
provide you with a process that will make the upgrade a little
easier pill to swallow. Access FreeBee Developer
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TBCon is a lot of fun and for that reason, you just don't want to
miss it. But, "fun" is probably not the reason your company is
going to pay for you to go to the conference. You need to be
able to cost justify the expense and show that there will be an ROI
for the investment in the conference. But, how do you do that?
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time to time folks on the ToolBook List ask about copy protection (aka,
"how do I make sure that others don't steal my content by copying
disks or running the program on unauthorized machines?"). I am
now using the Software Key Protection Plus system with several of my
clients and because they are so happy with the system, I have
developed a widget that enables ToolBook users to easily integrate
the Protection Plus system into their own ToolBook projects.
To learn more about the Widget and the Protection Plus system, click
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Would you be interested in this type of a tool??? I have
recently developed a storyboarding system for a customer that uses
PowerPoint as the storyboard. The PowerPoint template is where
the content for the program is developed. The customer for
developed the system creates graphics, adds text, page titles
and subtitles, audio text (narration), and pop-up text right in the
powerpoint template. All proofing for the program is done
with the powerpoint template as well. Then, once the project
gets final approval and final graphics are created, their ToolBook
developer uses a special ToolBook template that I created and literally with
the push of a button (in the toolbook) the project is transferred
from PowerPoint to ToolBook. In the conversion process, all
navigation is set, graphics are put onto the appropriate pages, and
audios are assigned to the pages. At this point, finishing the
project is just a matter of adjusting the graphics on each page,
assigning the pop-up text to a trigger, and doing a final check of
Several customers of mine have expressed an interest in this type of
a system. I am wondering if there might be a need for this
type of a development tool. I know that there are a lot of
Assistant users out there who can get along just fine with that tool
for their SME's. But, there are a lot more people who
understand and can use PowerPoint. If you think that this is
something that you or your company might be interested in, please
let me know.
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ToolBook Developer Products - Special Price $49 each
Extremely easy to
Have multiple progress bars for
unit, lesson, section...the possibilities are endless.
pop-up message boxes with an attractive frame.
Users can move
the box anywhere on the screen.
simulations - Helps conserve valuable screen real estate.