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Macromedia Authorware 3.5

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us (281.65 MB)
MD5: 0e0e8f609820174b7d5d36ece66d4408
For System 6.x - Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
AW352Non-Com.UD_.hqx (5.10 MB)
MD5: 13d864d0df01194b3fc3f1bb41a50950
For System 6.x - Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
AW352Comm.UD_.hqx (5.10 MB)
MD5: 88953d9875268c5ee39dd50b589aebb5
For System 6.x - Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
GETFILENAME.SEA_.hqx (112.71 KB)
MD5: 8d1c5651c7e1718bb2a5d36e1568fdd2
For System 6.x - Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
APM_VDK.sea_.hqx (190.69 KB)
MD5: cdbc2fe106d4550014eb7dc7412d2309
For System 6.x - Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us (1.18 MB)
MD5: 10954669aeaa6b21a39a407988bc0962
For System 6.x - Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
AW3.5_Shockwave_Portfolio.sea_.hqx (807.86 KB)
MD5: 4fe0b5dc24795b5295227179b5e9ed98
For System 6.x - Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

The authoring language Authorware, previously known as Course of Action, and latterly also known as Authorware Professional, or Authorware Attain, was first developed in 1990 as a means of enabling individuals without interest of proficiency in traditional programming, to create multi-media courseware quickly.

According to Michael Allen, the designer of Authorware, the language originated from studying how people created instructional material for the PLATO system, and from considering what programming background they had. In consequence, an iconic-based interface was developed, that required a minimum of learning by the author before he or she was able to create interactive courseware.

   - excerpt adapted from ERIC ED430541: Authorware Professional as a Research and Teaching Tool, with additional info and corrections from An Overview of Authorware 7 —and Its Evolution.

The third major iteration of the PLATO-inspired authoring tool for computer-based training, and the second under Macromedia.

Hot links
Version 3 introduces hyperlinks through a HyperCard-inspired Navigate palette. These tools, with the capacity to create links, a glossary, and searchable "hot" text, can be summoned through the new Framework and Navigate icons.

Director 4 support
For complex animations and greater interactivity, Director 4 content can be embedded in Authorware. Authorware-generated courseware can send messages to Director "movies" through Lingo scripting with the TellLingo icon.

More embeddable content, better performance
Beyond Director, 16-bit AIFF audio and RTF text can now be embedded along with QuickTime 2.x movies, HyperCard XCMDs and XCFNs, and PICT images. Applications created with Authorware 3 compute graphs and calculate loops faster than ever.

To the Internet, PowerPC, and beyond
3.5 extends Authorware further with Shockwave support through a downloadable Afterburner app, brand new PowerPC-native authoring tools and runtime, and a plug-in API based on Xtras for Director 5.

CD-ROM goodies
The included CD-ROM includes more than 1,000 pieces of clip-art and multiple tiny sample projects, demos, and a completely rewritten help system.

Install code: 21935-0556-0180-15712
With thanks to krausjxotv for this addition to the Garden archives and for the enabling code.

See also: Authorware Academic 2.2, Authorware Academic 3.5, Macromedia Authorware 4.0, Macromedia Authorware 7 Web Player

Architecture: 68k PPC

Installs as a FAT application (68k & PPC)




Duality's picture
by Duality - 2020, February 19 - 10:07am

Thank you! I'm impressed with how difficult it is to find resources and retrospectives on Authorware, this upload is absolutely a gem.

With Director, there's Jamie Fenton's bio, there's multiple summaries of its version history, there's mailing lists on Rhizome, John Henry Thompson's blogs and GitHub, and then some. For HyperCard, far more. Authorware, however, has trade publications frequently complaining about its initial price ($8000), and only the occasional praise from a handful of educators in the 90s.

Perhaps the problem was that Visual Basic beat it to market in 1991 as Authorware's Windows port was delayed to 1992. Either way, it seems that only the crippled "Academic" versions resonated with an audience, and it got stuck in an eLearning niche.

I admire that Authorware is based around flow based programming. The manner in which it's used is similar to the 1987 Fabrik concept architected within Apple, which itself was inspired by Dan Kimura's Show and Tell Language originally presented in 1986. In that regard, it's simpler and more rigid in the use of icons as pre-packaged logic.

I imagine those were Authorware's primary inspirations, as Authorware the company wasn't founded until 1987 or 1988. Wikipedia is extremely scarce on details and good primary sources.

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2020, February 12 - 6:31am

@krausjxotv: That was what was missing. Thanks for this copy and the enabling code.

krausjxotv's picture
by krausjxotv - 2020, February 12 - 2:48am

Serial number 21935-0556-0180-15712

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2020, February 10 - 3:36am

No luck here with this one either. Discovered it installs as a FAT application on PPC, so that info was updated above. Pity about the activation tho'...

Duality's picture
by Duality - 2020, February 9 - 8:55pm

If anybody happens to know how to open and run this version of Authorware 3.5, let us know.

This might be an Academic or limited "not-for-resale" version of Authorware 3.5, as the serial number I have isn't recognized.

One upshot; Authorware 3.5 projects can be converted and run in Authorware 4. As a content CD, there's some nifty stuff in here. Not as much as in the early Director CDs, but some things.