About three months ago, Trivantis released Snap! by Lectora – a PowerPoint authoring tool à la Articulate. Today they announced their 1.1 update.
Normally I only comment on major releases, but this one has some important features. I’d put about half of them in the keeping-up-with-the-Joneses category, meaning the addition of basic features that Articulate already has. The rest of the new features provide some differentiation.
“Keeping Up” features: Add FLV video, branch using the player’s Next/Back buttons, hide slides in the navigation panel, disable navigation on individual slides, and customize/translate text labels.
Full list of features as presented by Trivantis.
Here’s an update on my previous comparison:
|Single file .swf output (sort of)
Drag and drop question type
Snap! Live: an emerging hosting site with new features coming gradually
Post to Facebook and play on the page itself
Record video and sync animations to video
Have more than one .swf per slide
Add a YouTube video
Supports ActionScript 3 (but I wouldn’t be surprised If Articulate fixes that soon)
Include PowerPoint page transitions
Add controller to audio or video embedded in PowerPoint slides
End show action to close the course window
Submit quiz/survey results via CGI
|Engage (Snap does not have an equivalent)
More choices for customizing the player template
Slide view and branching in Quizmaker
Go back and tweak animations without re-syncing the whole slide
Branching via the player’s Next button
Note that one side being longer than the other doesn’t necessarily mean that one is better than the other. What matters is how important each differentiator is to you. The gap between the two programs is a little bit smaller today. For me, here are the biggest differentiators:
Overall Advantage Snap!: The price. $99 makes this software much more accessible to a lot of people.
Overall Advantage Articulate: Engage. Both packages let you create learning interactions through quizzing. And both let you create screen interactions using PowerPoint action buttons and (now) Next/Back branching, but Articulate still has a big advantage in having these convenient template-based screen interactions.
In addition, Articulate is a little more stable. As you might expect from any version 1 software release, Snap! is still a little buggy. But I expect to see the Trivantis working on the bugs as well as other feature enhancements.