Learning Now v1 software is written with Adobe Flash and Actionscript 3, the latest Internet Application software rated as the best on the industry since the infancy of the Internet. The Student Module and the Editor Module have recently been converted to Actionscript v. 3. All the improvements are too many to be listed here. Enough to say that the new version is much faster in loading (files are smaller), in processing data (the speed increase is quite amazing) and the modules are much more stable with all major browsers.
Learning Now v1 is an Internet and Stand-Alone application that runs an extensive relational database with two main interfaces: the Student Player reads the database and displays the information in the form of interactive screens.
The Editor or Wizard is the main database editor. Its graphic interface and use of Drag & Drop allows the user to navigate and manage the database transparently.
The Wizard hardly looks and feels like a database manager.
Learning Now v1 is built using ActionScript as its main core. Most of the software is written in code. Adobe Flash is used for its graphic interface to create templates and modules that can be used to transfer the content of the database into a simple-to-use and friendly graphic interface.
The software has also an extended modular structure, with small and efficient modules. This modular structure and extended relational database make it easy to customize and expand. New modules can easily be added to the structure for new features. Modules are very small in size, since most of the action is defined by code. Recurrent elements are stored in shared libraries. All this allows a very fast loading process from CDs and over Internet connections.
Learning Now v1 Student Player comes as a stand-alone application that can be run from CD or self-installed on the user's computer when inserting the CD the first time. The Internet version is also available, as demonstrated on this site.
Software works on Windows, Mac and Linux. The intranet can be set on Linux with Apache web server (all available for free). Apache web server can also be installed for free on Windows computer using the “Web Developer Server Suite”.
Actionscript 3 compiled files are smaller than previous version, which allows a faster download of the modules. The capability of streaming sounds allows also a great improvement in speed since none of the sounds have to be downloaded prior to display lessons or help menus.
The new version displays a much better feedback to the user when loading files. The display includes a percentage and a progress bar and integrates all files being downloaded in the same progress report.
he list of courses, as well as the lists of Activity Areas and games in rooms are displayed using new components that automatically adjust to the number of items to display. When the number is greater than the space available on screen, a scrollbar appears and allows the navigation to additional items. This new feature allows an unlimited number of courses, activity areas and games.
The two modules are written in Actionscript v.3. They counts about 100,000 lines of codes, i.e. 2500+ pages.
Learning Now v1 Internet version allows the easy creation of Web Training Centers. The software when installed on the server can manage as many sections as needed. Each section includes its own set of data files and resources (images, sounds, clips). Each section is fully autonomous from the others and can be individually customized with its own sets of help figures, images and sounds effects.
When entering a new section, the Internet Player loads the data files that define this specific section and displays it to the user. The same interface can display all sort of styles, looks and feels. The same web site could hold 100’s of courses all organized in sections.
The current demo is a brief presentation of the possibilities. As time provides, a more elaborated set up will demonstrate all the potential of this new educational software.
Learning Now v1's potential is enormous. See our Current Status report for additional technical information.
For more detailed information about this new interactive educational tool, its features and its potential, open Learning Now Help Book.