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The EnterPage 2-01

The ToolBook Developer's Newsletter
February 22, 1999

Issue 2-01

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The EnterPage 1-01

The EnterPage
The ToolBook Developer's Newsletter from Platte Canyon Multimedia Software
http://www.plattecanyon.com
March 20, 1997

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Best Prices on ToolBook(R) from Platte Canyon
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More information available at: https://outlaw.securewebs.com/plattecanyon/store/

Instructor 6.0 full Version: $2,125
Instructor 6.0 upgrade from 5.0: $425
Instructor 6.0 upgrade from 4.0: $846

Platte Canyon has recently been recognized as a Gold VAR for Asymetrix. This premiere VAR status, allows us to offer the best prices on all Asymetrix products. But the Value doesn't stop there. Platte Canyon offers $100 credit on any Platte Canyon products and provides its acclaimed advanced technical support services via e-mail to all customers.

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In This Issue
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-Best Prices on ToolBook(R) from Platte Canyon
-In This Issue
-Introduction
-Tracker Offers Exceptional Student Tracking Capabilities
-Administrator: Even More Power for Tracker
-Navigator Provides Multiple Paths Defined By User
-Plug-Ins 3.0 Just Released
-ToolBook Tips
-Subscription Information


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Introduction
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Welcome to The EnterPage, the newsletter from Platte Canyon Multimedia Software Corporation (http://www.plattecanyon.com). The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you informed of new products available from Asymetrix and Platte Canyon as well as offer some pointers on ToolBook(R) development.


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Tracker Offers Exceptional Student Tracking Capabilities
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More information available at: http://www.plattecanyon.com/progresstracker.aspx

The Platte Canyon Progress Tracker™ for ToolBook(R) brings professional student tracking to any ToolBook(R) application. This incredibly powerful tracker gives YOUR training applications a tremendous set of features including detailed status tracking, question pools, special features for accessing information in your training application, and much more.

Examples of CBT using the Platte Canyon Progress Tracker™ may be found on the ToolBook(R) II Trail Version CD (...\rhodes directory) or the Assistant™ Trial Version CD (...\platte directory).

Price: $1,795 ($1,295 Educational Users)


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Administrator: Even More Power for Tracker
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http://www.plattecanyon.com/progresstracker.aspx

Tracker Administrator™ allows developers to easily add high-end student reporting to their ToolBook(R) applications. For CBT applications used on a local area network or on dedicated training machines, Tracker Administrator™ gives training managers a wealth of data on student progress. After logging in with a password, the manager has access to reports on all training participants. These reports are able to be sorted as well as printed or exported to a tab-delimited file for use in a database.

Tracker Administrator™ allows developers to easily add high-end student reporting to their ToolBook(R) applications.

Price: $595 ($395 Educational Users)


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Navigator Provides Multiple Paths Defined By User
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More information available at: http://www.plattecanyon.com/progresstracker.aspx

Navigator provides the incredible ability for a manager to create custom navigation paths through a ToolBook(r) book. For instance, a manager could assign novice users a remedial path through a training application and advanced users a different path. Navigation paths are defined and customized via an easy-to-use editor. An unlimited number of paths may be created.

Price: $495 ($295 Educational Users)


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Plug-Ins 3.0 Just Released
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Plug-In LE™
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Plug-In LE™ is a full featured product that greatly improves the ToolBook(R) development process. Plug-In LE™ contains over 30 utilities and shortcuts to do everything from aligning objects with the graphical alignment editor to creating objects based on user defined "styles." Version 3.0 brings more than ten brand new utilities to help developers.

Price: $150 ($95 Educational Users)

Plug-In Pro™
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More information is available at: http://www.plattecanyon.com/pluginpro.aspx

Plug-In Pro™, already used by Intel, Lucent, Delco Electronics, The Trane Company, SUNY, and many others, has just been substantially enhanced. Besides including all the new features of the LE version, it has editors that allow you to edit all relevant properties, content, and scripts for all fields, recordfields, buttons, combo boxes, or CBT question widgets on a page. Or you may edit the value of hotwords and page/book properties. This is a tremendous time-saving feature. For example, you can edit all answers, immediate feedback, and delayed feedback of a CBT question from a single entry screen. Or set the "activated" of all 20 fields on a page with one menu selection.

Price: $495 ($295 Educational Users)


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ToolBook Tips - Command Window Scripts
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The following Tips and many more are available in an article entitled "OpenScript Techniques for Improving User Interaction" written by Jeff Rhodes. The article is available in the Platte Canyon Developer's Corner.

All of us have to do some repetitive tasks while developing CBT or other ToolBook(R) applications. I have found that looking for ways to use the command window can reduce the repetition and boost your productivity. I keep a special text file of command window scripts that I might want to reuse. Here are a few examples

A. Name all fields on a page in sequential order
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This example names all fields in the format "field 1", "field 2" , etc.

    fieldObj = getObjectList(this page,"field", false)
    fieldCounter = 1
    while fieldObj <> null
         pop fieldObj
         if text of it <> null
              name of it = "field" && fieldCounter
              fieldCounter = fieldCounter + 1
         end if
    end while

B. Change font and point size for all fields on a page
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This changes the font of all fields on the page to Arial 11. It also sets the borderStyle and the indents properties.

    fieldObj = getObjectList(this page, "field",false)
    while fieldObj <> null;
         pop fieldObj
         if text of it <> null
              tempVar = text of it
              text of it= null
              fontFace of it= arial
              fontsize of it= 11
              text of it= tempVar
              borderStyle of it= none
              indents of it= 0,0,0
         end if
    end while

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Subscription Information
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The EnterPage is distributed 4 times a year, with occasional special issues. Individuals who have expressed interest in Platte Canyon Multimedia Software Corporation or its products receive The EnterPage. If you do not wish to receive future issues, simply send an email message to EP@plattecanyon.com with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject line. New subscriptions are available by sending an email message to EP@plattecanyon.com with the word "subscribe" in the subject line and the person's name and company in the text of the message.

 

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