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Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline

I’ve been using Articulate Storyline in my new work place.

I like this software.

I think it edges out Adobe Captivate and Raptivity in terms of features, standards, usability, stability and overall productivity.

I haven’t played with Lectora yet but I have heard this is a good suite of products also.

My personal learning journey continues in this area of elearning.

Exciting times!

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I’ve been setting up for Android development with PhoneGap on my PC work computer.

The instruction I have been follwoing are http://docs.phonegap.com/en/2.5.0/guide_getting-started_android_index.md.html#Getting%20Started%20with%20Android

It’s not a simple plug and play setup, definitely not for the tech-faint hearted.

Following are some screen shots of my journey.

Ended up being about a 2hour process with some good, enjoying challenges that needed to be solved.

Setting up for Android development with PhoneGap

The instructions from the PhoneGap Android Getting Started Guide, (the link is above).

Setting up for Android development with PhoneGap

Adding the JAVA_HOME and ANT_HOME path variables to the system variables in Windows 7. I had to re-boot for the path variables to work.

Setting up for Android development with PhoneGap

Woo hoo! Java and Ant working! Use ‘ant -version’ to test if ANT is working else you’ll get a ‘build.xml file missing’ error message, this is ok for now. I had to download JDK from the Oracle website. I only had JRE installed. I used the JDK version 1.6.0_43.

Setting up for Android development with PhoneGap

Eclipse installed and running with Android Developer Tools plugin installed and also running ok. This install came with the ADK bundle file. No need to install seperately. But the PhoneGap files need to be downloaded, unzipped and saved to a location on your choice. Then you need to use the ‘create’ command from a command line prompt to create the initial PhoneGap project. (Shift-right click on Windows Explorer to open a command prompt already ‘cd’ to that location).

Setting up for Android development with PhoneGap

Running the Android SDK Manager to install the Intel x86 Emulator Accelerator (HAXM).

Setting up for Android development with PhoneGap

Adding an Android virtual device. In this case I have added an HTC Desire which is the current physical test device we have in the team.

Setting up for Android development with PhoneGap

Woo hoo! The Android virtual device is running ok. Took a while to load though, about 60 sec.

Setting up for Android development with PhoneGap

Loading some of the existing project files that are from the team SVN code repository into Eclipse.

Setting up for Android development with PhoneGap

The Android virtual device with the project loaded.

Setting up for Android development with PhoneGap

The project running?

The next steps are,

  • to load all the source files and test compile to emulator and to physical device
  • research on video playback (I’ll need to understand and define the problem first)
  • lower priority, but also setup on my MacBook Air

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Who am I?

Who am I? start screen

Who am I?

One of the screens from Who am I?

http://www.yippyio.com.au/who_am_I.htm

I recently decided to have a personal mini 12hr game jam.

I wanted to make a game with my CV and it’s contents.

Well it set out to be a game but has turned into more of an interactive short story.

I tried to get a straight 12hr (yeah, right) block but ended up doing a 3hr and a 9hr block over 2 weekends.

There is scope for many improvements like,

  • using a technology/platform/software other than Flash like Game Maker, GameStar Mechanic, Unity3D, Construct, Styncl Works
  • making a tablet and smartphone friendly versions and making use of mobile functions like GPS, accelerometer, vibration, light sensors
  • publishing to other platforms like Mac and PC desktop
  • code refactoring, making it more object oriented
  • playing with HTML5
  • turning it into a real game
  • developing the narrative, mechanics, aesthetics and technology/platform

The interactive is called ‘Who am I?’.

I played on the idea of a re-discovery of who you are.

Notebook

Initial ideas – Considerations of narrative, platform, aesthetic and mechanics.

Notebook

Further exploration of the discovery idea and what’s in a CV?

Notebook

Some initial ideas of the flow and screen components.

Photoshop

Photoshop file and the visual design.

Flash

Flash with the scripting.

Some overall reflections,

  • I’ve enjoyed the design process and the creating as much as the playing of games/interactives
  • Being a 1 person project it’s been very agile
  • Good enough is good enough
  • 12hr is not long
  • Good games are not easy to make
  • The more games you create the better your games will eventually be
  • I’ve had fun and I’ve (re)learnt useful things
  • I play games but I need to make more games! (all types of games)

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