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, which was incorporated the following year.
The project was first released as Best Course of Action for Macintosh before being renamed to Authorware Professional. The filetype of early versions was COA. The Windows version had been scheduled for 1990, but was finally released in 1992. The Authorware company also provided consulting services for commercial users.
- Authorware Professional 1.0, for commercial use, with a list price of US$8,000. A 50% discount was offered to developers who participated in its Creative Partners program.
- Authorware Star, an entry level version at lower cost, sometimes bundled with other products.
- 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.
- Top Notch, Top Dollar, Authorware Is a Serious Multimedia Tool by Paul Murphy, PC Magazine. 1992-01-14.
- Authorware 1 at the Macromedia Wiki
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