Q&A from "Raptivity Launching ‘Raptivity Evolve’ Mind Map. Why Should Instructional Designers Care About Mind Maps?"
Does this tool support SCORM? If yes, which version? Yes, Raptivity interaction modules support SCORM 2004 and SCORM 1.2
How to import it into Articulate Storyline? Click here to follow the steps to integrate Raptivity output with Articulate Storyline.
How much space is there for navigating left and right? User can scroll till infinite towards left, right, top and bottom.
Can audio be plated or synched as the different nodes populate? Audio can be played as introduction sound. This feature is not available at each node as it would make the file heavy.
Could I get the pricelist for the Mind Map Interaction? Raptivity Evolve can be availed free by Raptivity Premium Customers. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org to find how to qualify for Raptivity Evolve.
Where are the callouts that lead to more information on a node? The callouts are used to share more information about the selected node. This information can be presented in the form of text, image and video format.
Are mind maps capable of portraying 3D connections, or only 2 D? Currently Mind Map is capable of displaying 2D connections.
Is the finished map exportable to a website or a learning management system (like Moodle), or only accessible from within Raptivity? Raptivity Mind Map output is Flash and HTML5 supported. This output can then be integrated with LMS or displayed on website as well. Click here to know more about integrating Raptivity output with other tools.
If you have a product more than Raptivity Essential do you need the support program to get the Mind Map template? Basic requirements to avail Raptivity Evolve are (i) Raptivity Essential (ii) Active Raptivity support plan
Q&A from "Learning Interactions On Mobile Devices. What works? What doesn't ?"
What is the future of html5? As flash had a firm development associated to it, where will html5 almost 5 years down the line? (OR) What other advantages does HTML5 have over Flash. Has Flash really lost to HTML5? HTML5 is a standard that is evolving. So as opposed to Flash, development means the standard getting finalized and all browsers basically supporting the specifications and features outlined by the W3C for HTML5. The standard should be finalized in less than 5 years from now. Browsers would probably have consistent support for most HTML5 features, unlike the disparity that exists today. In context of mobile at least, HTML5 seems to be where things are headed, especially since Adobe has announced that it will not support Flash on mobile devices.
Can you tell more about the Adobe Wallabe product? Adobe Wallaby is a project that Adobe Labs has undertaken to create a Flash to HTML5 converter. The idea is to take a Flash file (.FLA) and convert it to HTML5. This project is still in Beta. There are limitations of course and one main one is that interactions are lost in conversion and you have to program them back in using HTML5. You can read more at: here
Is it better to convert Flash to HTML5 or building content in HTML5 from scratch ? Firstly, there is no direct way yet to convert from Flash to HTML5. Even though Adobe Wallaby project is in Beta and is an attempt to create just that converter it is not perfect. But you can use that as a starting point if it helps. Most often though you are better off starting from scratch, because some things that are possible in Flash may not be possible with HTML5 anyway.
Can you give some references for SCORM local storage? I would like to read more about this. Check out Project Tin Can, the new SCORM standard that is expected to be released later this year. In terms of HTML5 local storage, you can look into ‘LocalStorage’ and ‘SessionStorage’ objects introduced in HTML5.
What about use of Quick Time for video? MOVs work on iOS devices but are not Apple's preferred format.
Which is best? Sencha, Appcelerator or Phonegap? Phonegap is owned by Adobe now and is free. Sencha is similar to JQuery Mobile and maturing quickly as a development environment for web kit-enabled mobile browsers. Finally, Appcelerator is independent and innovating faster IMO
Will an iOS native app work on Android? No. The programming language that is used to develop native apps for the two platforms is different. iOS uses Objective C while Android uses Java.
Is it possible to create an eLearning course which would work across various devices? Yes, for e.g. an HTML based course could probably play on all these devices, or even some video/animation.
We have heard that HTML5 won't be standardized until around 2015. It's still an evolving tool. Still work is in progress but enough is present to get you started.
Can you give some references for SCORM local storage? I would like to read more about this. Check out Project Tin Can that's coming.
Isn't Flash on the way out? Why not just HTML5? Flash is on the way out but will be supported for a year or so on select devices. HTML5 is on the rise and tools are supporting it better.
Are there huge differences in the costs in developing HTML5 vs. Flash? On the cost parameter, HTML5 is cheap because unlike Flash HTML5 is free and standard and there is no requirement of any software to be purchased and there are no plug-ins. HTML5 is an open standard and free, so there is no cost. Flash requires you to purchase the developer license, even though the player is free. So really the cost difference will depend on how many developers you have.
What are your experiences in the long term maintainability of Flash vs. HTML5? Initially, HTML5 might need more maintenance as it is still a developing standard and level of support provided on various browsers is varying. Compared to that Flash is stable and provides ubiquitous support on various browsers and devices.
How is Windows Mobile developing? Microsoft has essentially ended development support for their older Windows Mobile operating system to focus their attentions on their newer Windows Phone 7 OS which proves far more flexible and stable. The foundation of Microsoft's partnership with Nokia is delivering next generation phones based on WinPho7 and beyond.
Any issues with Adobe CS6? Adobe's recently released Creative Suite 6 launches offers a wide variety of tools for creating mobile-friendly content/courseware and has several features that are aimed at making mobile content creation and delivery easier for practitioners. The overall focus on these tools is still HTML and Flash-oriented but extensions and methods to output fluid template designs and HTML5-based content are appearing in number across the suite making delivery to handsets and tablets more practical. There are a few included utilities that aim to convert Flash FLA files into HTML5 content but full support for converting action script is still in the wings. Significantly, there were no announced updates for Adobe's popular eLearning Suite tools including Adobe Connect and Captivate to support HTML5.
What is this BBNX all about? BBNX is the name for RIM's upcoming new mobile operating system that will replace their traditional BBOS offering. It is based on QNX, a real-time OS (thus supporting true multitasking) and the suite of tools associated with BBNX appears to be quite rich for creating both native Apps and mobile web apps. It is slated to appear later this calendar.
What are the "average" costs of development? About the same as "e" in practice or a little less but it depends on the tools you're using. Most "m" courses are not nearly as long, involved or complex as their "e" counterparts meaning development time can often be shorter thus cheaper but exceptions exist for sure.
What is "e world"? "E" world is a generalization of content delivered via standard online learning through a PC/laptop connected via a web browser. This contrasts with "m" which is the experience while on a handset or tablet.
Which is a good tool to use for creating apps that can be deployed on multiple mobile devices? There are many rapid development tools that we mentioned in the presentation including our own, Raptivity. For the complete list refer to the Technology matrix slide in the slide deck. You can also use frameworks like PhoneGap and Sencha to package content as native apps for various devices.
How can we convert an existing Raptivity Games Turbo Pack or Wordplay Turbo pack interactivity (Version 5.5) for iPad and iPhone format ? If not, when will it be possible to publish for iphone and ipad with Raptivity Games Turbo and Wordplay Turbo packs? Raptivity has announced that all packs would support HTML5 by end of the year. As of now, HTML5 support for Games Turbopack and Wordplay Turbopack is under progress.
Can I easily learn to use HTML 5 in Raptivity? Yes, Raptivity is D-I-Y tool.
Can Raptivity be integrated with Symbian OS? Raptivity supports Flash and HTML5 format. We haven’t tested Raptivity output on Symbian. However, if Symbian supports any of these formats, Raptivity would definitely work on it.
What plans do you have for more Raptivity HTML5 creations or support? Raptivity has announced that all packs would support HTML5 by end of the year. To know more details, please visit here
Are Raptivity packs available to be installed into Moodle? Raptivity output is SCORM/AICC compliant and supports Moodle. http://www.raptivity.com/resources/raptivity-integration/html5-output-integration#raptivitywithblackboard
Can we use Raptivity HTML5 output in Articulate Studio? Yes.
If I build an interaction with Raptivity and publish to HTML5, what is it that gets published if I want to insert that interaction into a Lectora title? Is it a folder hierarchy or what? Raptivity HTML5 output is a folder hierarchy.
Is the Gamification included in Raptivity? Which packs are based on game based learning? Yes. Raptivity supports Games Turbopack, Wordplay Turbopack, Mindplay Turbopack and Booster Pack.
Q&A from "Get Started with HTML5 using Raptivity Interactions!"
Are you converting more of your activities to HTML5? We have recently released Essential pack with 35 interactions for HTML5 mobile devices and the remaining interaction templates will be released soon.
Can we convert pre-existing Interactions from our older version of Raptivity to HTML5 with this update? Yes. Interactions created using Raptivity v5.5 and above can be published to HTML5 output. Write to email@example.com more details about conversion.
Can I convert an existing eLearning course having interactions built in Flash to HTML5 format? If you have already created Raptivity interactions in flash using Raptivity 5.5 and above, then you can convert it in HTML5 using Raptivity 7.0.
Can we view the HTML5 output of Raptivity on all mobile platforms? It will work on mobile devices like iPad, iPhone. We have tested on iPad 2 and iPhone 4.
Are other tablets (like Samsung for example) also supported? Yes. Raptivity output can play on other tablets such as Samsung also.
Does Raptivity support both orientations on iPAD? Yes. Raptivity supports both orientations.
Can we customize Raptivity templates to change it to some other design and colors? Yes. Definitely you can customize the templates to a very great extent.
Do interactions created in HTML5 are compatible with all browsers such as Chrome and Firefox? HTML5 output of Raptivity is compatible with the browsers which supports HTML5. Best browser to use is Chrome, Firefox and Safari. It doesn’t work on IE due to limited support of HTML5 elements.
How can HTML5 interactions be integrated into any Learning Management Systems (LMS)? Raptivity HTML5 published output can be viewed in LMS that supports HTML5. Right now we have tested this on Moodle.
Is it possible to customize HTML5 interactions in Raptivity? Yes it is.
Do you support Arabic, right-toleft language? Yes.
From the output provided by Raptivity to Moodle, can we do a straight export in SCORM 1.2? Yes. Raptivity output is SCORM 1.2 compliant.
Is there a way to zip these multiple output files into a SCORM package so it can be loaded on LMS? Yes, For SCORM package, you can zip HTML5 output and can view it on the LMS which supports HTML5.
Can PHP and HTML5 interact with each other? PHP and HTML5 can definitely interact with each other. HTML5 is the front end for PHP language. Hence, we do not see any issues in their interaction
Are the HTML5 published interactions 508 accessible? ALL IMs of Raptivity Essential are 508 compliance. But HTML5 output doesn’t support 508 compliance.
What format do the files support in the HTML5 program? You need to have image files in .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .png formats. Video files formats are .f4v, .ogv, .mp4 and audio files formats are .mp3 and .ogg.
What version of Flash do you need to view Raptivity? Raptivity interactions work with Flash Player 8 or above.
Is your pricing per license? Yes, Raptivity is based on per license usage model.
Do you have site licensing options? Yes. Raptivity provides site license option. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Can you use Raptivity with other tools like Captivate, Articulate or PowerPoint? What versions? Raptivity works with tools like Captivate 4 and above, Articulate, PowerPoint 2003 and above. To know more about using Raptivity with other tools please visit following link: http://www.raptivity.com/resources/raptivity-integration
Raptivity is basically for creating interactions, can we create a complete package of an elearning course for mobile devices? We also have an authoring tool called Elicitus (www.elicitus.com). You can create HTML based eLearning with that and also embed Raptivity into it. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
In a quiz or assessment is it possible to present the questions in a random order? Yes, it is possible.
Has Raptivity made any improvements to resizing? Sometimes it’s hard to resize and import to Lectora It depends upon type of interactivity you use since the design of each interactivity differs from each other. Recently released Raptivity v6.9 has made quite a few improvements in terms of resizing elements within interactivity. Also, there is an option of "Target View Size" which allows a user to display Raptivity interaction as per the requirements.
If I upgrade my license and then open an existing interaction created in my older version can I modify the IM using the new tools/features of 6.5? No. To use new features the interaction needs to be developed using the new software. However, previously created interactions can be customized using the new software.
Is adding video new for 6.5? Adding a video through the Media Toolbox is a new feature in 6.5 and the number of templates and components in each template with the option of including a video file has greatly been increased.
What is the advantage to using video files in F4V format? The main difference between F4V and FLV lies is that F4V supports high definition video encoded in H.264 and code rate can be up to 50Mbps.
Can you start a video with a click or is it set to automatically run when the IM is opened? Video component inserted through media toolbox is set to play when the IM is opened. You have customization option to mute other audios when video starts playing.
Can the video be resized when it is running? No
Are the videos streaming? Yes
Can videos be included in the flip book? Yes, you can insert videos in the Flip the Book template in the Essential Pack and also the 3D eBook in the 3D TurboPack.
Would we be able to reference internal websites that are on our LMS or LCMS or Intranet? Yes. All types of links are supported which can be opened using a browser.
Does the location of a hyperlink have to be absolute (online), or a relative location? It has to be an absolute link.
Can the button destination be to a file on a server? Button has four actions associated with it – Popup text, image, video and link. Image and video can be a local file which is included in the Publish folder. To refer to a file on a server one can use a link option.
Can you import your own buttons and images Yes
Can you hyperlink to other interactions? One can refer to other interactions using link option. Hence, if an interaction is present online it can be definitely be used.
How do you link to an internal document? If the internal document is shared on a portal or is accessible over intranet, then you can definitely use it as a link in an interaction.
Can we layer the images and choose which one is on top? No
In older versions images would get distorted when imported in. Has this been enhanced now? No, this feature is not yet released in Raptivity.
Were there changes to the scenario builder -- expanding the text boxes? Text boxes now have a flexi option by which you can set the height and width of the text box as per your requirement.
Does 6.5 still have limited screen resolutions or will it allow for resolutions greater than 1024x768? Raptivity 6.5 allows resolutions greater than 1024X768
Is text still limited in 6.5 or is it unlimited? That is the biggest problem that we have with Raptivity. The questions, answers and explanations are always longer than what the program allowed. This limitation has greatly been addressed in the Raptivity 6.5 release. Many interactions now have flexi feature which would help users to set the text length as per their requirement; for few of the remaining interactions where flexi could not be provided, we have increased the area to accommodate maximum possible text.
Can I access a sample mobile example online to test my tablet and phone? Yes, the mobile sample can be uploaded on a web server and can directly be accessed through phone that supports flash. Also, you can test some of the interactions on raptivity website at www.raptivity.com/touch-raptivity.html
Does the mobile output include output to BlackBerrys? We have not tested on Blackberry. We have tested on Android and it works fine.
Since Apple products do not allow the viewing of flash products, will we be able to export as a html 5 file? We have a specific HTML5 add on TurboPack. For these the output is HTML5
What HTML5 packs will be available? Currently, we have an HTML5 pack available with 6 interactions.
Does Raptivity run on Actionscript 2 and 3? Action Script 2.0
Does Raptivity support audio in AMR format? No
Does the audio recorder in Raptivity work on Windows 7 for this version? Yes
Can we communicate information from one interaction to another? For instance, if they get the answer wrong on the first interaction, we show something different in the second interaction rather than what we normally would? No, this facility is not available.
How can I get upgrade pricing? Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org and we would get in touch with you about the upgrade pricing details based on the licenses you have.
Do you have templates that can be viewed on iPhone and iPad? Yes. Raptivity has total 17 templates which can be viewed on iPhone and iPad. These templates are a part of HTML5 Starter Pack and HTML5 TurboPack
What is mlearning? It stands for mobile learning. HTML5 works on iPhone & iPads, which don't support Flash.
Does the mobile publishing output support .swf files? Yes.
Are all packs on version 6.6? Apart from Standard Packs, all other packs are on v6.6
Do you have a question bank library feature? Yes.
Can you resize the interaction for various devices (e.g. a desktop with 1024 x 768 might work fine but what happens when the interactions need to display on an iPad? You can set the target view size to suit your output needs.
What languages does Raptivity 6.6. support? Specifically can you enter all characters from Afrikaans into interactions? (i.e. the vowel characters have accents or umlauts). Also, can Modern Standard Arabic be included in interactions now also? Yes. Raptivity supports all characters such as accents and umlauts. Arabic support is now provided using RtoL feature.
Can you publish one template to various output forms for multiple devices needs? Yes.
Does Raptivity work on Win7? Yes. Win7 is support from Raptivity 5.5 and above.
I just purchased Raptivity, how do I get my upgrade? Raptivity upgrade is free for customers who have purchased it in last 3 months. For others, please write to email@example.com for upgrade related information.
What version of ActionScript does Raptivity work with? ActionScript 2
What types of training are available? In person or online? Raptivity offers training in both online and in person mode. For online training sessions charges are $100/hour/learner. We estimate maximum 2 hours total training to master Raptivity.
Some of our targeted users do not have broadband internet/ cable. What is your recommendation of minimum requirement regarding internet speed when using Raptivity activities? We recommend not making it a heavy media rich interaction for low-bandwidth connections. To have a smooth experience of using Raptivity interactions we would recommend having 256 kbps network speed.
Different browsers may have different level of compatibility with HTML5. Can I find the information on your website? Browser compatibility information for HTML5 is not on the website, but we can share a HTML5 whitepaper if you like. One useful link to check the list of features supported by a browser is – www.html5test.com. It gives you the details of the features a particular browser supports. Also can point you to some more resources online regarding HTML5 compatibility if you send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can the project be output in IOS for Apps? The HTML5 interactions will work on iOS
Does the project live in the Cloud, or on the developer/designer's computer. Raptivity is not on the cloud. It’s a desktop tool. We do have a similar product called SiteJazzer which is on the cloud.
Can you add Flash content in place of a Video? No.
Can you give more details on the features of the Media Toolbox? Media toolbox feature allows a user to add components like video, audio, textbox and images to an interaction. This allows a user to add more elements to an interaction template as per the requirement without any coding.
Will the upgraded packs work on older versions of Raptivity? No. To use the new features of upgraded packs one needs to have the latest version of Raptivity software.