Update to ZebraZapps Makes It More Appealing

While we regularly write about Articulate, Lectora, and Captivate, we are often asked our opinion about ZebraZapps.  I’ve been impressed with the power and ease of use of that tool since I first saw it demo’d about four years ago.  I’ve always been hesitant from giving it my full recommendation for one key reason: up until now, your published course resides on their servers.  With their new release of Pro Plus, you can now download your published courses to run directly from your desktop, LMS, or web server.

So what’s the big deal?  Because of early experiences from some not-so-good vendors about a decade ago, I’m always hesitant to go with a solution where I am tied to a vendor.  If your courses lived only on the ZebraZapps servers, then you are tied to them to a) still be in business, b) still offer the product, c) be working all the time.  If they went away, so would your course.  I’m not comfortable with that risk.

With the new ZebraZapps Pro Plus, you have control over your published files.  This means that if they went away, you could still run your course for as long as you wanted (or until it was technologically obsolete.)  Now your source/authoring files are still in the cloud on their servers.  That does still pose risk, because you’d need access to those files if you ever wanted to update that course.  But, in my opinion, that isn’t as much of a risk as having your run files tied up.

This new ability to download your published files, along with recent improvements in LMS compatibility, makes this tool much more viable in the marketplace.

Diane Elkins
Diane Elkins leads Artisan E-Learning, a custom eLearning development company specializing in the use of rapid- development tools. Diane has been in the eLearning industry since 2001, speaks regularly at national conferences about eLearning, and is co-author of the popular E-Learning Uncovered book series.

One Response to “Update to ZebraZapps Makes It More Appealing

  • Hi

    Thanks for this interesting article. However no matter how good the development tool is, there is absolutely no way we would use a solution which relied on having the source content and code for any development sitting online on someone else’s server. This is not only risky and potentially costly in terms of not being able to reconstruct or amend past developments, but really bad corporate governance. Our large corporate clients would be appalled if they thought that we did not have 100% guaranteed future access to all the material and development that went into their courses.

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