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neu5eeCh
January 12th, 2010, 02:10 PM
The ongoing sage of me trying to get my wife switched over to Ubuntu (so I don't have to deal with anti-V, windows upgrades, etc...

My wife is going to be taking an on line course. She just discovered, last night, that she will need to install Adobe Authorware (http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/alternates/). What the fr%$ck is Adobe Authorware? Does anyone here have any knowledge of it? Adobe doesn't seem to offer a version for linux...

Is there a substitute?

Advice needed.

[Don't know why the hornd one showed up in the subject heading?]

audiomick
January 12th, 2010, 02:25 PM
Hallo
here is what it is
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authorware

I had a bit of a look, but couldn't find any linux related info.

HarrisonNapper
January 12th, 2010, 02:30 PM
What organization is offering the course? I find it woefully ironic that a course on Ubuntu would require proprietary software. There are lots of pamphlets, books, etc by Canonical and by members of the community that might be worth checking out. Seems like someone would have also made a YouTube video that has an introduction to Ubuntu and Linux.

Bucky Ball
January 12th, 2010, 02:41 PM
I find it woefully ironic that a course on Ubuntu would require proprietary software.

Who said anything about a course on Ubuntu?

neu5eeCh
January 12th, 2010, 03:46 PM
Hallo
here is what it is
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authorware

I had a bit of a look, but couldn't find any linux related info.

Thanks, seems that Authorware is longer in development.

However (and having inquired further into this) the course is only requiring that she install the Authorware Webplayer.

I guess no one in the community has had to use this extension?

And, by the way, the online course has nothing to do with Ubuntu or Linux.

Finally, here is a HEAVILY edited course description (so as not to waste your time). And all of it is sounding less and less doable on linux:

WELCOME to TIME Online!

Part I: Introduction

We are delighted to welcome you...

You will need to complete several online tasks within our course website as part of this lesson....

...The main content of the course will come to you on DVD disks that will receive through the mail...

...You will need the QuickTime Player in order to access the video presentations on the DVDs. You can obtain this free player from Apple Computer by following the link below, or in the Course Outline: (both MAC and PC Users need this player.)

http://www.apple.com/quicktime/

[I'm wondering if mplayer would work for these and if it's available from the Ubuntu repository?]

Directions for opening the DVDs follows....

Windows Users:

....If the disk still does not open, right-click the disk icon and select “explore”. The contents of the disk are then shown. Double click the icon MAPCD1.exe (or MAPCD2.exe) to launch the program.....

....MAC Users:

When the MAP disk icon appears on the desktop, double-click to open. Then double click the MAP CD1 StartFile.apm (or MAP CD2 StartFile.apm) to launch the program.....

Our third means of communication will be through online Chat sessions....

....Exercises can be repeated as often as you wish. To use these exercises, you will need the Authorware web player, also available at no charge from Adobe. To obtain this free download, follow this link:

Authorware Web Player [See link above.]

.....We wish you a successful and rewarding experience with TIME for Teachers™ Online.

Bucky Ball
January 13th, 2010, 03:53 PM
Quicktime player is not a problem in Linux. <snip>

Sef
January 13th, 2010, 06:12 PM
I found this site about running Authorware under Linux (http://www.archive.org/details/RunningAdobeAuthorwareUnderLinux). Another possibility, if you have a Core 2 duo 6600 processor or equivalent is to run it XP virtualized. (Windows 7 Home Premium cannot run Authorware.)