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Macromedia Authorware is a series of web learning applications that were marketed by Macromedia after its predecessor merged with Authorware Inc.[1]


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.[1] He then founded the Authorware company in 1984,[2] and soon captured 80% of the computer-based learning market.[3]

Release history[]

The company's flagship project was first released as Best Course of Action for Macintosh before being renamed to Authorware Professional in early 1992.[4][5] Authorware Inc. then merged with MacroMind-Paracomp to form Macromedia in March 1992.[6]


In December 2005, Macromedia itself was acquired by Adobe Systems.[7] On August 3, 2007, Adobe announced that Authorware development would be discontinued as the eLearning market had migrated to its Flash and Captivate products.[8][9] The final released version was 7.0.2.[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 An Overview of Authorware 7 — and Its Evolution by Joseph Ganci, The eLearning Developer's Journal, p.4-5. 2003-09-22.
  2. Definition of: Macromedia, PC Magazine. Accessed 2019-11-03.
  3. Authorware Fulfills Multimedia's Promise With Product and Direction by Ruthann Quindlen, InfoWorld, p.98. 1990-05-07.
  4. 'Interactive Multimedia' bringing it all together by Tony Bove and Cheryl Rhodes, Chicago Tribune. 1989-03-19.
  5. 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.
  6. Merger builds multimedia powerhouse by Jeanette Borzo, InfoWorld, p.9. 1992-03-09.
  7. Adobe Completes Acquisition of Macromedia, Adobe Systems. 2005-12-05. Archived 2005-12-07.
  8. Authorware is officially dead. by Michael, Adobe Community. 2007-08-03. Archived 2019-11-04.
  9. Authorware from Adobe, Adobe Systems. Archived 2007-10-12.
  10. Authorware Support Center, Adobe Systems. Archived 2010-10-07.

External links[]

Macromedia Authorware
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Discontinued in August 2007