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Something we want from e-learning providers is a relationship – someone who understands uor business, our needs and strives to value-add. Richard from Openlearn informed me about a recently published comparison of authoring tools, which I am sharing with you now. Thanks Richard. E-Learning Uncovered is an organisation whose business focus is to support people to develop skills in e-learning authoring tools, such as Articulate and Lectora. They offer free resources, books and training. They are US-based. In last week’s podcast I spoke about getting to know what authoring tools are available, and what they do. Choosing the right authoring tool is all about fit-for-purpose. E-Learning Uncovered has published a very handy 1 page feature comparison of authoring tools from Articulate Studio 09, Captivate 5.5, Lectora Publisher X.4, ZebraZapps Creator Tier (A new tool from Allen Interactions) and Flash CS5. This comparison was compiled in May 2011. Some of my clients ask me for a comparison of Captivate and Camtasia. Here is the best comparison I’ve found, from the Easy Learning Blog. It is one of the most recent comparisons, although it is still dated January 2010. Remember, new versions of these tools are released every 1-2 years. Functional offerings do evolve. Camtasia 7 was launched in April 2010. Captivate 5.5 was launched in May 2011. Fit-for-purpose considerations should also include how simple the tool is to learn, and what support and training is available. In Australia, I offer Articulate workshops to clients. The E-Learning Academy online courses are authored in Articulate Studio 09, providing an example for workshop participants to critique. The Articulate website itself is rich in online support. ICT Learning offer Lectora licenses, training and support.