Posts Tagged ‘Kineo’

And another Articulate skin to giveaway!

December 5, 2011

skin_desktop_thumb[1]And let’s the giveaway continue with another, very different but no less attractive skin for you Articulate users.

This time the skin doesn’t have the logo XML driven logo from the previous skin, so it is a lot simpler to use and just as good looking.

Although some people think that desk themed skins are a bit old-fashioned, Paco Garcia Jaen, eLearning developer and Graphic Artist who did the art direction for this skin (thought he can’t remember doing it, it might be someone else’s, but it doesn’t matter…) disagrees with the statement.

Paco says: “Real life desktops are a dynamic space that people customise until they feel comfortable and ‘at home’, so it’s only natural that people like desk themes as they can also feel comfortable. Using every day items, like a cup of coffee, clips or a pen, provides with a familiar environment for the learning to make it more attractive to the learner”.

So there!

Of course without the talent of Rob Hiklin this skin wouldn’t have seen the light of day. Unless another of the developers had created, but the point is that Rob did and he did a great job with the original art direction!

You can download the skin by clicking here.

Hope you enjoy it!

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Apply a custom template

November 15, 2009

Kev blogged a little while ago about Kineo’s free Articulate player template. You can get that here. A couple of people have asked for a demo on how to install and apply the skin, so you can see that here.

P.S. I used Screenr to create this demo. It’s really handy.

Moodle musings

November 3, 2009

Hiya, this is Ryan Holder.

I have recently become part of the Kineo Moodle team, which is still in formation. I have been mostly developing (building courses) so far but there has been a big increase in the need for people aquainted with Moodle, and PHP programmers in particular. I have some programming experience but am relatively new to PHP so I bit the bullet and enroled mysef on the Moodle developer course: Introduction to Moodle programming. The course is free, and aptly offered through the Moodle medium.

The first thing that I learned was what exactly Moodle is; “Moodle is software that can be used to produce web-based courses and web sites to support collaborative projects. It is designed to support a social constructivist model of education.”

In my own words, Moodle is an Internet-based platform that hosts and manages E-learning. This can be full programmes or single courses and everything inbetween. It is used from Schools to corporate environments. The Open University is the largest use of Moodle in the world.

One of the most attractive things about Moodle is that it is Open Source, which means it is free. But this goes further than just ‘no money down’. Anybody is free to download, examine and alter the program. (There are ten main points that make software Open Source. You can read all about it here)

There is a large community at moodle.org who are working to continually make improvements either in the way of minor add-ons that can be installed, or by updating the main program. I look forward to becoming an active member.

Creating a custom skin for Articulate

November 2, 2009

I’ve just started learning how to make custom Articulate skins. The skin replaces the default Articulate Presenter navigation controls and buttons with new visuals created in Flash. What’s new is that the guys over at Articulate HQ have now provided a ‘skin package’ system whereby the skin will install itself into Presenter to be selected as a player template when publishing, saving a tremendous amount of time at the publishing stage.

Previously a custom skin would have to be manually applied after every publish by copying the files from where they are stored over their counterparts in the player folder of the outputted project – tantamount to manual labour in IT terms.

These days, however, once the skin is ready, one can now zip everything up into an articulate package file which can then be distributed around, and simply double-clicked to install the skin into Presenter – couldn’t be simpler!

I created my first skin package earlier this week. You can get it from kineo’s site here.

I’ve just finished creating a custom skin for use with Articulate.I’ve just started learning how to make custom Articulate skins. The skin It replaces the default Articulate Presenter navigation controls and buttons with new visuals created in Flash. What’s great about creating a custom skinnew is that the guys over at Articulate HQ have now provided a ‘skin package’ system whereby the skin will install itself into Presenter to be selected as a player template when publishing, saving a tremendous amount of time at the publishing stage.

Previously a custom skin would have to be manually applied after every publish by copying the files from where they are stored over their counterparts in the player folder of the outputted project – tantamount to manual labour in IT terms.

These days, however, once the skin is ready, one can now zip everything up into an articulate package file which can then be distributed around, and simply double-clicked to install the skin into Presenter – couldn’t be simpler!

The custom skin is available to download at the end of this post. I created my first skin package earlier this week. If you want to give it a go follow this link

Hello world!

October 24, 2009

What do you write in a first blog entry? I’m going to be boring and just tell you what this blog is all about. I’m Theo, the head of e-learning development at Kineo. My team and I have decided to create this blog so that we can share our experience of using e-learning tools and technologies.

We’ll be sharing our experience of working with Articulate, Captivate, Mohive and Moodle, along with anything else we try out along the way.  We want you to know our tips, tricks, frustrations and successes. And we hope that you will comment on our blog and share your experiences with us.