SmartBuilder features

Everything you need to create powerful elearning, faster

Key benefits

Unique action block authoring

Traditional authoring tools use popup windows and menus to create logic. SmartBuilder’s action blocks require no popups and fewer clicks. Here’s how it works:

  • Select an object directly on the page
  • Grab an action block for the selected object
  • Snap the block into your action statement
  • You’re done!
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Blocks combined into an action

Fewer clicks for faster authoring

Combine multiple triggers, conditions and responses into a single action. Go from creating dozens of actions in other tools, to just a handful in SmartBuilder – a huge time saver.

Create truly unique course interfaces

Make your elearning stand out from the crowd with course interfaces that meet your unique needs and branding. With SmartBuilder masters, you can:

  • Freely layout navigation elements and resources
  • Place page content above, below or in-between masters
  • Associate multiple masters with any page
  • Create triggers on pages which invoke responses on masters, and vice versa
Course Interface
SmartBuilder's Flexible Authoring Environment

Arrange your workspace however you like

  • SmartBuilder’s new interface lets you undock panels and arrange them however you prefer
  • Work efficiently on two monitors
  • Open multiple lessons at the same time for easy copy and paste

Beginners can build too

SmartBuilder is the only tool that allows authors to create wizard-based templates using the tool itself. So, the library of wizard-based templates is always growing. Have a request for a new template? Give us a shout – in many cases we can build it for you at no charge, and if your organization has technically advanced users, you can also create your own wizard-based templates.

Template Wizard Panel
Advanced Action Featuring Many Action Blocks

Power that advanced users crave

This one is for the geeks out there. SmartBuilder is the only authoring tool that provides the power and time savings of programming logic, without requiring external scripting. SmartBuilder supports:

  • Variables
  • Arrays
  • Tags
  • Text manipulation (split, join, replace, etc.)
  • Looping (“for each item”,”while”, etc.)
  • Stored procedures

Professional-looking content

Choose from a palette of professionally designed pre-built styles, or configure shapes and buttons with your own shadows, gradients, images and icons.

Buttons and Shapes with various styles
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Author on PC or Mac OSX

Animations & motion

Timeline

  • Create timed presentations using a visual timeline
  • Control the timeline with a customizable player bar
  • Create multiple show-hide ranges for the same object

Animations

Choose animations such as fade, slide and shake. Apply animations when objects are shown and hidden, or to call attention to an already visible object.

Motion

Use action blocks to move objects:

  • on a custom drawn motion path
  • in a specific direction
  • to a specific XY coordinate
  • to snap to another object

Layout & design

Object Alignment Panel

Alignment and spacing tools

Align objects to other objects or to a grid. Quickly space objects evenly.

Custom window backgrounds

Create courses with a modern look by using background graphics that fill the browser, or with no edges by matching the color of your course background and window background.

Custom Window Background for a lesson
Pre Loader

Custom pre-loader

Import any GIF as your pre-loader, such as an animated company logo.

Layers

Use layers to show and hide multiple objects at once. Layers themselves can also be grouped for quick and easy displaying. This is a huge time saver for multi-step tasks.

Stacks and layers in the cast panel
Lesson Interface

Masters

Make your elearning stand out from the crowd with course interfaces that meet your unique needs and branding. With SmartBuilder masters, you can:

  • Freely layout navigation elements and resources
  • Place page content above, below or in-between masters
  • Associate multiple masters with any page
  • Create triggers on pages which invoke responses on masters, and vice versa

Templates

SmartBuilder is the only tool that allows authors to create wizard-based templates using the tool itself. So, the library of wizard-based templates is always growing. Have a request for a new template? Give us a shout – in many cases we can build it for you, and if your organization has technically advanced users, you can also create your own wizard-based templates.

Template Wizard Panel
Lesson Content looks the same on desktop computer and on tablet

WYSIWYG text (What-you-see-is-what-you-get)

Text is positioned and wraps the same on all browsers and devices, so you can rest assured that text appears exactly as you authored it.

Testing & tracking

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Question templates

Use out-of-the-box templates for common question types such as multiple choice, multiple response, fill in the blank and drag-and-drop. After templates are applied, they are fully customizable and extensible so you can, for example, add images or audio for feedback.

Custom questions

Score and track any custom interaction; you don’t need to use a standard question format.

Lesson with custom question featuring hotspots and timed response
Drag and Drop in a lesson

Drag and drop

Use templates to quickly set up typical drag-and-drop interactions. Or, get under the hood and configure a custom drag-and-drop with almost any behavior you can imagine.

Randomization & pooling

Randomize radio buttons, check boxes and dropdown with a single click. Randomize and pool questions using special question randomization templates.

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Interactivity

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Action blocks

Traditional authoring tools use popup windows and menus to create logic. SmartBuilder’s unique action blocks require no popups and clicks. You can also combine multiple triggers, conditions and responses into a single action – a huge time saver.

Objects

Objects such as buttons, videos and checkboxes are the building blocks that you’ll use to create cool learning experiences. Each object can communicate with other objects, so the variety of what you can create is almost unlimited.

SmartBuilder Objects Panel
Complicated Action with many action blocks

Programming logic

This one is for the geeks out there. SmartBuilder is the only authoring tool that provides the power and time savings of programming logic, without requiring external scripting. SmartBuilder supports:

  • Variables
  • Arrays
  • Tags
  • Text manipulation (split, join, replace, etc.)
  • Looping (“for each item”,”while”, etc.)
  • Stored procedures

Branching

  • Visually lay out different learner paths
  • Group related pages into to subflows to visually organize and quickly reorder pages of your course
  • Create actions to jump to any page based on any trigger or condition
SmartBuilder flow chart showing branching

Publishing

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HTML5

SmartBuilder HTML5 output plays on all modern browsers and platforms including Windows, OSX, Android and iOS. No apps or players are needed.

Web link share feature

One-click upload your published lessons from SmartBuilder to our hosting server so that you can provide a web link to reviewers, or to learners where tracking isn’t required. Also, a password protection mode can be used for any content.

Sharing Feature with links to uploaded lessons
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SCORM, AICC

SmartBuilder automatically generates the files required by an LMS to import content and track results using SCORM 1.2, 2004 or AICC standards.

xAPI

SmartBuilder question templates will automatically generate xAPI statements. Authors can also create custom xAPI statements.

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