Dr. Michael W. Allen of Control Data Corporation (CDC) developed a visual version of PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations). When CDC expressed little interest in the project, Allen was permitted to to make a bid for the technology. He then founded the Authorware company in 1984, and soon captured 80% of the computer-based learning market.
The company's flagship project was first released as Best Course of Action for Macintosh before being renamed to Authorware Professional in early 1992. Authorware Inc. then merged with MacroMind-Paracomp to form Macromedia in March 1992.
In December 2005, Macromedia itself was acquired by Adobe Systems. On August 3, 2007, Adobe announced that Authorware development would be discontinued as the eLearning market had migrated to its Flash and Captivate products. The final released version was 7.0.2.
- Definition of: Macromedia, PC Magazine. Accessed 2019-11-03.
- 'Interactive Multimedia' bringing it all together by Tony Bove and Cheryl Rhodes, Chicago Tribune. 1989-03-19.
- Computing Calendar: Using Multimedia with the Best Course of Action (Authorware Professional), U-M Computing News vol.5 no.11 p.22, University of Michigan. 1990-06-18.
- Merger builds multimedia powerhouse by Jeanette Borzo, InfoWorld, p.9. 1992-03-09.
- Adobe Completes Acquisition of Macromedia, Adobe Systems. 2005-12-05. Archived 2005-12-07.
- Authorware Support Center at Adobe
- Authorware.com by Dazzle Technologies (Flash required)
- Authorware at EduTech Wiki
- Macromedia Authorware at IT History Society
- Macromedia Authorware at the Adobe Wiki
- Adobe Authorware at Wikipedia
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