The ToolBook® Companion

Solutions, Techniques, Expert Information, and OpenScript® Tips

If you use ToolBook to create training, this book is for you. With 450+ pages of articles and explanations, there is something here for every level of ToolBook developer.

The first section, Training Solutions , contains articles on various aspects of using ToolBook to create training. These range from case studies to specific examples on when and how to use 3D animations in training. Learn about incorporating media into ToolBook as well as one approach to creating a tracking system in ToolBook.

ToolBook Techniques, the book's second section, gets into more ToolBook-specific content. Creating Let-Me-Try simulations, OpenScript techniques, Installation approaches are all covered here.

Expert Information includes over 200 important pieces of information on ToolBook. Whether discussing undocumented features, unexpected approaches, or critical solutions to common problems, you'll find valuable information here.

Finally, OpenScript Tips include OpenScript examples with running commentary. You'll find approaches here that are unique and very helpful, even if you are going to export to the web.

For a detailed listing of articles, please see the book's Table of Contents.

Text from the back cover:

We've been using ToolBook since 1993 and still consider it to be the best product around for computer and web based training. This book contains a unique collection of articles about using ToolBook for training, technical explorations on programming and advanced ToolBook techniques, a large compilation of Expert Information topics, and an array of documented OpenScript Tips to help you harness the power of ToolBook's scripting language.

Training Solutions addresses needs that may arise when developing training with ToolBook. The collected articles in this section cover case studies, creating study guides, 3-D animation, student tracking, incorporating media into ToolBook, and more.

ToolBook Techniques gets “under the hood” to help you become a power developer. It includes articles on using OpenScript to save time and improve interactivity. We go behind the scenes of Platte Canyon's popular Learning & Mastering ToolBook... series to learn how to use the Agent ActiveX control, simulate software applications, and more. We extend the boundaries of catalog objects by introducing “Extended Page Templates.” Finally, the section includes a very popular tutorial on using InstallShield® Professional for ToolBook installations.

Expert Information includes over 200 explanations, helpful hints, and programming nuggets to expand your horizons as a ToolBook developer. In addition to topics from the authors, there are important contributions by Tim Barham and Denny Dedmore of SumTotal Systems as well as other leading developers.

OpenScript Tips presents a full collection of tips and tricks on using OpenScript in ToolBook. With actual script on the left of the page and corresponding descriptions on the right, this section offers a rare glimpse into the mind of the ToolBook programmer.

About the Authors:

Jeff Rhodes and Chris Bell owned Platte Canyon Multimedia Software corporation (at the time of this book), the leading third-party ToolBook product company in the world. To help fulfill their motto of Improving the Lives of Training Developers™, they hosted The ToolBook User's Conference as well as created and sold such popular products as Tracker.Net™, the Plug-In Pro™, TBK Tracker™, and Exam Engine™.

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User Comments

  • It’s a great book – thanks for the autograph!
  • I have now gone through all of your book and several sections more than once, a great resource and one which I can see myself returning to time and time again.
  • Got mine last week. More of a coffee table book than a racy thriller. Seriously, it is excellent .... worth every cent/penny.
  • A few days ago I received the new book from Jeff and Chris (Platte Canyon), The ToolBook Companion. It's really a very valuable companion for every ToolBook developer - I even shared my bedside with this companion the first nights - for the pleasure of my wife ;-) There are hundreds of nice and tiny solutions, as well as very helpful techniques to get the right direction for new issues. It will be a very helpful companion for my next project to do things much easier, smoother, and faster. Thank you Jeff and Chris for sharing your profound knowledge and experience with us.
  • I think your both did a great job. The many examples are worth the money. I like it just to look at the work of experts. The book has a handy format as well and the design is good. I do think it is not a book for beginners, but for me it is excellent. I just want to give you a feedback, all praise.!!!
  • I'm really pleased you've decided to publish The ToolBook Companion because the first question I get asked by every new user is, "Can you recommend a good book on ToolBook?".
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