onViz embodies all the features listed on the CourseBuilder
feature list and has been updated with dozens of new
features, including the ability to send and retrieve data
over almost any network including the Internet, integrated
QuickTime, and support for newer Apple and Microsoft operating
- You only need one application to create stand-alone
applications for both Macintosh and Windows computers.
The applications you create with onViz run on Windows
95 through Windows XP and Power Macintosh running OS 8.6
through 9.2 (OS X support coming soon).
- Applications you create are stand-alone, self-contained
files (.exe on Windows, application on Macintosh). No
additional files or plugins are required. (NOTE: use of
digital video requires installation of QuickTime on your
- Supporting documents are common on both platforms (i.e.
you do not need separate supporting files such as graphics,
video and sound for Macintosh and Windows computers).
Alternatively, you can bundle all media assets into a
single self-contained file. This is useful if you are
distributing your application on CD-ROM, DVD, or want
to protect the media assets by embedding them in an application.
- Your application can launch other applications or open
documents such as pdf files. You can set up a contingency
path if a file is not found.
- Built-in frame-based animation with transition effects.
Additional features include controlling on-screen object's
position and visibility, tracking mouse events (mouse
over, mouse down, mouse up) and controlling animation
or program flow based on these events.
- Eight different question and answer modes:
- Text input
- Numeric input
- True or false
- Multiple choice input with one answer correct
- Multiple choice input with several answers correct
- Correct sequence. Verifies if the question is answered
in the correct sequence
- Draggable sprites. Drag and drop a text or graphic
object into a "hot" area to determine the
- Essay or statement. Scans for exact words, or key
phrases and words in an answer
- Bookmarking to allow users of your application to save
their place and later return to where they left off
- Report options include choosing when a report is saved
and what information you want it to contain. You can also
have your application 'save milestones' - a text file
containing report data up to a specific point in an application.
Reports can be automatically saved to the user's disk,
a specified server location, or sent to a specified individual
- Conditional branching supports evaluating up to 64 different
conditions on a single branch - this allows creation of
sophisticated programs such as "expert systems"
and simplifies the task of creating non-linear multimedia,
sophisticated courseware, e-learning programs, and games
- File maintenance. This is the onViz interface to a specified
network server or Web site. Applications can be designed
where a user downloads only the starting application that
will thereafter retrieve components or modules as they
Programs you create with onViz can access media assets
(sound, pictures, text, digital video) from specified
directories on hard disk, CD-ROM, DVD, streamed from a
Web site, Local Area Network (LAN), Wide Area Network
(WAN), Peer to Peer network, or a combination of these.
This is useful for delivering a small application over
low bandwidth network connections and having centralized
file directories where other programs might access the
same files simultaneously through the same network.
For example, you could provide a CD-ROM with graphics,
video, and sound to your users, then deliver a small core
application you create over the Internet. This core application
would prompt the user to insert their CD-ROM when they
start the program. The core application would then seamlessly
integrate all of the media assets from the various sources
you specify into a complete multimedia program.
- SendMail support. Send an e-mail from any point in your
application and designate an e-mail subject and message
it will contain. Includes an option to attach a report.
- Show Web Page. Open a currently installed browser on
a user's computer and go to the specified Web address.
You can also designate a timeout option to quit the browser
and return to your application.
Playback and access of files from the web or a server
does not require a Web Browser.
These are just some of the features onViz offers. To see
a complete listing, download the Overview and feature list
below (Acrobat reader is required to view this document).
NOTE: this feature list is particularly helpful for
users of DSI's CourseBuilder product as it describes the
new features available in onViz.
Click below for onViz: