History[edit | edit source]
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. Authorware captured 80% of the computer-based learning market in about 3 years; 30% of the company's revenue came from consulting services.
Merger[edit | edit source]
Authorware Inc. merged with MacroMind-Paracomp to form Macromedia in March 1992. Authorware CEO Bud Colligan became president and COO of the combined company. In December 2005, Macromedia itself was acquired by Adobe Systems. In August 2007, Adobe announced that Authorware development would be discontinued as the eLearning market had migrated to its Flash and Captivate products.
References[edit | edit source]
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- Authorware.com by Dazzle Technologies (Flash required)
- Authorware Inc. at the Macromedia Wiki
- Adobe Authorware: History at Wikipedia
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