Efficiently and painlessly work with media files stored outside your ToolBook application.

Now available!

Take Control of Your Graphics and Media Files
Tired of messing with clips? Need to manage Flash movies or MP3 files? Media Connection can build your clips for you and allow you to change their source based on language or audience. You can do the same for bitmaps and other resources. Manage your references to other media types via simple OpenScript calls that return current file locations. Store narration or other content for each clip, resource, or media file in the database.

Special Tools
Media Connection has special author-level tools for creating the database based on your ToolBook file.

Media Connection Price

Description Price
Media Connection $595
1 year Media Connection technical support (email only) $145

Educational and multiple-copy discounts are available.

User Comments

  • Prior to having Content Connection, we would have a separate set of books for each language and we would spend hours copying and pasting (which leaves lots of room for error - especially when we don't speak or read the translated language).
  • We use the TB Connection products from Platte Canyon (actually just finishing up an English to Portuguese project :-). We primarily use Content Connection, but also Media Connection for graphics with text in them. They work very well and our translators (Portuguese and Chinese) both like using them.
  • We offer our programs in multiple languages in both a native and web-based format. To do this, we use Platte Canyon's Content Connection which stores the text in a database for native TB use. Then, when we are ready to publish the foreign language version to DHTML, we select the language that we wish to publish to. The fields are populated with the correct language and we do the export.
  • I've used TB Connection for a very large project, a math application in Danish that needed to be translated into Norwegian. And it is a very very cool tool indeed. Another side effect besides translating is that you could use it to speed up development by creating "template" applications. So instead of different languages, you could "translate" from one level to another (a Physics app from 5th to 6th grade and so on.) Doing it this way allows your subject matter experts to create new courses based on the same "framework" as one original book. And they don't even need ToolBook to do so. This puts some restrictions on the structure of the new files, so it won't work on all applications. But it is a very cheap/quick way to get stuff done. (BTW I don't work for Platte Canyon:-), I just think it's a cool tool).
  • I wanted to let you know that we use the TB Connection products from Platte Canyon and are extremely happy with them. The products are not cheap but a quick and dirty cost-benefit analysis convinced us that we needed to make the investment in the product. TB Connection makes the whole translation process go VERY smoothly :-) We are a small company and don't have the financial resources to contract a professional translation firm to do our translations so instead we barter with distributors of our products in foreign countries to do the translations. That means that we have subject matter experts, but not skilled translators doing the work for us. We needed an easy to use way for our translators to do their work with minimum hassles. We also don't have a large staff to maintain multiple versions of each of our products. The TB Connection product allows us to maintain ONE (yes ONE) version of each program (natively) and the audio and graphics are swapped out with the click of a button depending on the language. If you have experienced any of the nightmares of maintaining multiple versions of your products, you know how valuable just this feature alone is. (I know that I am sounding like an official spokesperson for the product, but I am not in cahoots with Jeff and Chris. I just think this is a great product.) By the way, we have successfully translated our products into Portuguese and Chinese and are now going to begin working on Spanish. I would recommend that at least you demo the product to see for yourself how well it works.
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