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Allen Communication Upgrades Training Design Tool

Allen Communication unveiled version 3.0 of its popular training design and planning tool, Designer's Edge.

Among its enhancements are facilities for task analysis and report customization, plus consistent interfaces that are intended to increase user productivity, the company reported.

"Designer's Edge 3.0 really opens up the training design process beyond subject matter experts and designers," said Steve Allen, CEO of Allen Communication. "It has become a real group productivity tool with its combined interfaces, logical storage structures and open formats. The ability to work with individual pieces of the design project, rather than with the course as a whole, supports the movement toward learning objects--or the creation of training pieces that can be reused in multiple formats across multiple courses by multiple groups for multiple purposes."

An enterprise version of Designer's Edge 3.0 has both desktop capabilities and enterprise database support through ODBC connectivity, according to the vendor. It can export training titles directly to HTML and Java via the vendor's Net Synergy product.

Widely used by education, commercial and government/military training professionals, Designer's Edge is intended to deliver a step-by-step process, which, said the company, "speeds productivity, standardizes design processes across organizations and facilitates effective design and development for trainers."

Scheduled for availability in the fourth quarter of 1998, Designer's Edge 3.0 runs on Windows 95 or NT, and costs $2,495 (desktop edition) and $3,995 (enterprise edition, single-seat license).