Easy authoring. e-Learning authoring software for rapid development.

Create amazing eLearning at rapid speeds using Lectora Publisher eLearning authoring software.

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eLearning Authoring
Easier Than Ever Before

Lectora Publisher 11 e-Learning authoring software

A completely new design to make eLearning even easier.

Lectora Publisher pioneered the rapid eLearning category more than a decade ago. After 12 years of continuous improvement, Lectora is better than ever before with intuitive, easy-to-use tools to make online course development fast and simple.




NEW Look What’s New in Lectora Version 11.3

Use a variety of reports to track your online training.
Enhanced Design Tools

  • Fade in images and text, apply a modern fly animation and apply other transition effects to Web-based objects, such as elastic and bounce animations—all HTML5 compatible.
  • Globally increase or decrease the font size for all of the text in a title with the new Text Size tool.

Go Global
  • 11.3 supports 7 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Chinese and Brazilian Portuguese.
  • Develop and publish content with Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other double-byte language text.

What Took Hours, Now Takes Minutes
  • It’s now faster and easier to display the current status (Not Started, In Progress or Completed) of chapters, sections, tests, surveys and pages based on the learner’s interaction with your content.
  • Choose among Lectora’s 12 stock Status Indicators or create your own custom images. Learn More!

WCAG2 AA Support
  • Create titles published to a Web-based format (HTML, CourseMill, SCORM/Web-based, AICC/Web-based) that comply with the standards set in Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 – Level AA.



Intuitive Interface

This sleek, new interface makes it easy to develop courses fast with access to all the tools you need. Use the Title Explorer and thumbnail view to navigate and edit your online training quickly.

Lectora Inspire e-Learning software makes getting started a breeze.
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Easily create courses in Lectora Publisher e-Learning authoring software.



Design Wizard

Jump-start online course creation with customizable templates and themes. Choose your size, style and theme to design the framework of your course quickly.

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Jump-start online course development in the design wizard.

Question Creator

Create tests and quizzes stocked with different question types and styles including drag-and-drop and hotspot. Customize your feedback options and track user attempts.

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Use the question creator to add tests and quizzes to e-Learning courses.
Drag and drop games, characters and media in your online training.

Slide-Out Media Library

Tap into endless media, games, characters, animations and our online media gallery. Simply place your cursor on the Media Library tab to instantly browse all your multimedia and resources to drag and drop into your course.

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PowerPoint Import

Have content already created in PowerPoint? Quickly import your file and transform into an engaging online training course. Add custom navigation, buttons and more to give your learners an interactive experience.

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Import PowerPoint files for quick e-Learning development.
Add interactivity to online training with actions and variables.

Actions & Variables

Discover the real powerhouse of Lectora. Use Actions and Variables as the building blocks to create custom functionality in your online course. The new Action tab provides a simple, visual way to make images, objects and anything else in your course interactive.

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Publish your way

Sharing your content is just a click away. Whether it’s to smartphones and tablets or to your LMS, Lectora Publisher online training software makes it easy to put your courses in the hands of your learners.

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Publish e-Learning to HTML5, LMS or mobile devices.
Use a variety of reports to track your online training.

Lectora Express - The Easy LMS NEW

Why wait weeks or months for an LMS when you can get up and running right away? Get started immediately with no installation fees and no hassles! With Lectora® Express, you can deliver, host and track AICC/SCORM e‑Learning content as well as informal content like videos, documents and presentations. It’s the light LMS that is heavy on features.

ReviewLink™

Publish eLearning content right from Lectora to the cloud for seamless eLearning review. It’s the easiest way to get feedback for your courses.

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Publish content to ReviewLink for seamless e-Learning review.
Publish e-Learning content to the Tin Can API.

Tin Can API 1.0

Track and record your learners with the next generation of SCORM. The Tin Can API 1.0 allows you to see how your learners interact with your courses anywhere – even on multiple devices. Lectora also makes it easy to publish to AICC and SCORM for your LMS, Flash and HTML5 for the web or to a CD.

Social Media

Allow learners to share content on popular social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter using share buttons and other Lectora objects.

 Share online training on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Truly Rapid eLearning

Online Course Development Made Easy


Ease of use

Don’t worry, you don’t have to be an expert to use Lectora. With our
intuitive, easy-to-use tools, you’ll be up and running in no time.



NEW  Look What’s New in Lectora V11.3

Enhanced Design Tools
  • Fade in images and text, apply a modern fly animation and apply other transition effects to Web-based objects, such as elastic and bounce animations—all HTML5 compatible.
  • Globally increase or decrease the font size for all of the text in a title with the new Text Size tool.

Go Global
  • 11.3 supports 7 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Chinese and Brazilian Portuguese.
  • Develop and publish content with Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other double-byte language text.

What Took Hours, Now Takes Minutes
  • It’s now faster and easier to display the current status (Not Started, In Progress or Completed) of chapters, sections, tests, surveys and pages based on the learner’s interaction with your content.
  • Choose among Lectora’s 12 stock Status Indicators or create your own custom images. Learn More!

WCAG2 AA Support
  • Create titles published to a Web-based format (HTML, CourseMill, SCORM/Web-based, AICC/Web-based) that comply with the standards set in Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 – Level AA.
Intuitive Interface

Whether you’re new to eLearning or are experienced, you won’t have to spend a lot of time learning how to use Lectora Publisher for online course development. Everything you need is easy to access and easy to use.


Templates & Themes

Get started quickly with Lectora’s professionally-designed templates and themes. You’ll save you tons of development time and have a great looking course fast.


Title Explorer

Who knew with just a few clicks you could make one big change? With the Title Explorer, you can view the entire structure of your content and make global changes across your whole course – it’s as easy as that.


Multi-Object Editing

Easily edit, update and move multiple objects at the same time to boost efficiency.



Timesaving Tools and Wizards

Spend less time and do more. Develop at rapid speeds using Lectora’s handy tools and wizards.



Design Wizard

It’s the easiest way to design the look and feel of your course. Choose your size, style and theme to create a great-looking course fast.


PowerPoint Import

Why start from scratch if you don’t have to? Quickly import your PowerPoint content right into Lectora and make it interactive and engaging for your learners with animations, games and more.


Button Wizards

With this tool, you can customize Lectora’s animations to create engaging elements to fit your course perfectly.


Progress Bar Tool

Show your learners how much they’ve accomplished in your course, test or survey. Track their progress and even show how much time they have left to complete.


Table of Contents and Menu Builder

Create customizable table of contents and menus in Lectora. These helpful tools make it easy to design a simple navigation for your learners.


Translation Tool

Localize your content quickly. Export all the text you would like to translate in Lectora – even ALT tags in published HTML – and import right back into your course.


Status Tracking Tools

What used to take hours, now takes minutes! The Built-In Completion Status Tracking, Set Completion Status Action and Status Indicator Object allow you to quickly and easily track where your learners have been, control completion status and display their progress in a course.



Engaging Multimedia

Need graphics? Check. Animations? Check. Games? We have those too.
Don’t spend time searching for the perfect media to keep your learners engaged.
We have everything you need right here.



Slide-Out Media Library

This is where you’ll find just what you need to keep your learners interested. Tap into endless media, games, characters, animations and even examples and inspiration in our online media gallery included with Lectora Publisher online training software.


Characters

Bring your courses to life. Stocked with more than 300 photos of real-life professionals, Lectora includes 33 models from a variety backgrounds and professions to fit any eLearning scenario.


Video

Don’t worry about compatibility or functionality of your videos – Lectora supports all the major formats. Embed, stream or record and edit your own video. You can even play the world’s most popular video content from YouTube right in your courses.


Web Windows

Give your learners the examples and resources they need from the web right in your courses. Embed a web window and bring the web-browsing experience right to your learners.



Interactivity Made Easy

Your online course should be dynamic, interactive content you imagine. Lectora
has all the power you want and the flexibility you need to get the job done.



Actions & Variables

If you want interactive content, actions and variables are your building blocks for truly powerful development. Transform the custom, dynamic course you imagine into a reality with Lectora Publisher eLearning authoring software.


Pop-ups & Scroll Bars

Sometimes all it takes is a simple, eye-catching way to increase interactivity. Easily add pop-up windows and scroll bars to display information and engage learners.



Publish & Review

Sharing your eLearning should be simple. We have seamless,
worry-free ways to share your content any way you like.



ReviewLink™

Experience easy eLearning review in the cloud. Instantly publish your Lectora eLearning content to ReviewLink and get feedback. It’s that simple.


HTML5 for Mobile Devices

Whether you’re a beginner or expert, Lectora makes it easy to extend your content to learners on the go. Use our pre-created mobile templates and simple publishing options specially designed for tablets and smartphones to easily publish your eLearning to HTML5.


Tin Can 1.0, AICC & SCORM

Integration with your LMS should be easy. Lectora seamlessly publishes to AICC, SCORM and Tin Can 1.0 so you can track and record your learners without a hassle.


Lectora Express - The Easy LMS NEW

Why wait weeks or months for an LMS when you can get up and running right away? Get started immediately with no installation fees and no hassles! With Lectora® Express - The Easy LMS, you can deliver, host and track AICC/SCORM eLearning content as well as informal content like videos, documents and presentations. It’s the light LMS that is heavy on features.


Social Media

Allow learners to share their eLearning content on popular social media platforms including Facebook® and Twitter™ using share buttons and other Lectora objects.


Multi-Language Content

Localize your eLearning content easily by publishing your courses to all the languages you need at the same time.


Section 508 and WCAG AA Support

Use Lectora’s Web Accessibility Settings to publish titles that comply with the standards set in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 - Level AA, and Section 508 - 1194.22 of the Rehabilitation Act.


UTF-8 Support

Develop and publish content with Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other multi-byte encoded language text.



Quizzes & Tests

Keep your learners on track with virtually any learning scenario using Lectora’s assessment tools.



Question Creator

Create tests and quizzes with a variety of question types including drag and drop and hot spot. You can even customize your feedback options and track user attempts.


Assignable Unit Prerequisites

Design custom learning paths to navigate your learners to a specific part of the course from a quiz, test or survey. This is a sure way to create a dynamic learning experience.


Submit Tests and Survey to Google Drive

Submit test and survey results to a pre-created spreadsheet in Google Drive to track and review question interactions as an alternative to an LMS.


Create Certificates

Present your learners a customized certificate upon test or course completion with one of our pre-made templates.



Helpful Resources

You won’t need much help getting your online course development started with Lectora Publisher, and
we have great tips, examples and inspiration to make you an eLearning expert in no time.



Lectora University

Discover endless free Lectora resources all in one destination. From video tutorials to eLearning webinars to sample courses, you’ll find the training and inspiration you need to create amazing eLearning.


Community

Connect with thousands of Lectora users from all over the world. Find answers to your questions or inspiration for your next project all from a community that has been growing for more than a decade.


Lectora Help Guide

Learn about the hundreds of features you get with Lectora Publisher eLearning authoring software, their capabilities and how to use them.

Tech Specs

Learn what you need to get started with Lectora Publisher


Languages Supported
Lectora Publisher is available in the following languages:
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Chinese
  • Brazilian Portuguese


System Requirements
Make sure you meet the following system requirements before you install Lectora:
  • Intel® or AMD® class processor
  • 500MB free RAM
  • 1.1GB free hard disk space for the application
Lectora runs on the following operating systems:
  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Microsoft Windows Vista®
  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows 8

Courses created for the web require Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or newer or any version of Mozilla Firefox™, Google Chrome™ or Apple Safari®. CDROM courses produced by Lectora require one of the following operating systems and a CDROM drive:

  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Microsoft Windows Vista®
  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows 8
Supported Media Types

Animations
  • Graphic Interchange Format (.gif)
  • Adobe Flash (.swf, .spl)
Audio
  • Audio Interchange File Format (.aiff, .aif)
  • Sun AU file format (.au)
  • Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) protocol (.mid, .midi, .mi)
  • MPEG-2 Audio Layer III (MP3) files (.mp3)
  • MP3 Archive playlists (.m3a)
  • MPEG-4 audio format (.m4a)
  • Microsoft Waveform Audio File Format (.wav)
  • Microsoft Windows Media Audio (WMA) files (.wma)
  • Microsoft Advanced Systems Format (ASF) container audio (.asf)
  • Adobe Flash Video (FLV) container audio (.flv, .f4v)
Streaming Audio
  • Standard streaming audio formats (.mp3, .m4a, .flv)
  • Microsoft Windows Media Services (WMS) media server
Documents
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • Text (.txt)
Images
  • Microsoft Windows bitmap image (BMP) files (.bmp)
  • Graphic Interchange Format (GIF) files (.gif)
  • Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) files (.jpeg, .jpg)
  • Portable Network Graphics (PNG) files (.png)
  • Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) files (.tif)
  • Microsoft Windows Metafile (WMF) format (.wmf)
  • Microsoft Windows Enhanced Metafile (EMF) files (.emf)
Video
  • Microsoft Windows Audio Video Interleave (AVI) container video (.avi)
  • Apple Quicktime Movie (MOV) container video (.mov)
  • MPEG-1 & MPEG-2 video (.mpg, .mpeg)
  • MPEG-4 container video (.mp4)
  • Apple M4V video format (.m4v)
  • Microsoft Windows Media Video (WMV) files (.wmv)
  • Microsoft Advanced Systems Format (ASF) container video (.asf)
  • Adobe Flash Video (FLV) container video (.flv, .f4v)
Streaming Video
  • YouTube Video
  • Standard streaming video formats (.mp4, .m4v, .f4v, .flv)
  • Microsoft Windows Media Services (WMS) media server
HTML Extensions

In addition to the supported media types, Lectora enables you to extend the functionality of your course by adding HTML Extension objects. With the use of HTML Extensions, you can add:

  • Java Applets
  • Header Scripting (JavaScript)
  • Shockwave Movies
  • Custom HTML
  • ASP Scripts
  • JSP Scripts
  • Meta Tags
  • Top of File Scripting
  • PHP Scripts
  • Cascading Style Sheets
  • ColdFusion
  • ASP .NET (.aspx)

FAQs

Frequently asked questions about Lectora Publisher


Lectora Publisher

What languages does Lectora Publisher support?

Lectora Publisher is available in the following languages:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Chinese
  • Brazilian Portuguese

Can you use Lectora to create forms and surveys?

Yes. Lectora supports the creation of forms and surveys. Lectora’s surveys are similar to tests and can include question types such as multiple choice, true false, Likert and ordinal. Survey results can be sent to a Learning Management System, a custom database or even a Google Drive spreadsheet. Similarly, forms using controls such as entry fields, drop-down lists, check boxes and radio buttons can be created for collecting user information. Form data can be sent to a specified Google Drive spreadsheet or can be submitted to a custom script for processing.

Can you create tests with Lectora and how are they handled?

You can include graded tests within your Lectora titles. Tests can include question types such as multiple choice, true false, matching, fill in the blank, hot spot, and drag-and-drop. If you are publishing your title to a Learning Management System (LMS), test results are sent automatically to the LMS. Otherwise, you can configure your test results to be stored in a custom database or sent to a Google Drive spreadsheet.

What kind of published formats are supported?

Titles you create with Lectora can be published to the Web, Tin Can or to an AICC- or SCORM-conformant learning management system (SCORM 2004, 1.2 and earlier are supported), to a CD or to a single, executable file (.exe). Titles that include tests and questions that are published to a Learning Management System (LMS) will automatically send test results to the LMS.

How do I publish content for a smartphone or tablet?

Lectora’s Web-based publishing options produce HTML pages that can be viewed through a smartphone or tablet browser such as Safari. Host your published content on a Website or a Learning Management System, and access the content through the smartphone or tablet’s browser as you would any other website.

What kind of multimedia can I add to my Lectora titles and how do I add them?

Lectora supports nearly all types of digital image, audio and video formats, flash animations (.swf) and rich text and text documents (.rtf, .txt). These types of files can be dragged and dropped directly from your computer’s files into the Lectora workspace. Reference the Tec Specs page to se the full list of supported media types.

What is a Lectora title?

Projects that you create with Lectora are referred to as titles. Your title is a file with an AWT extension. Titles are stored in your \My Documents\My Titles folder by default. Each title is comprised of the AWT file along with any images or additional media that have been added to it. When you drag and drop media into your title, Lectora copies the media file from its original location into an appropriate folder, for example images, which is stored in the same location as the AWT file.

Is Lectora an HTML editor and do I need programming skills?

No. Lectora is not an HTML editor. Lectora is a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) application that enables you to drag-and-drop items into your title, reposition and resize them using your mouse, add and format textual content, and create interactivity using the Lectora interface. No programming is required. If you publish your content to a Web-based format, Lectora will create the appropriate HTML code that can be interpreted by Web browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla® FireFox®, and Apple Safari®.

Where can I go to get more information about using Lectora Publisher?

There are a number of ways you can learn more about Lectora: Lectora Information Center Lectora’s integrated help system is a comprehensive guide about all that you can do within Lectora Inspire. From within Lectora Inspire, select Contents from the Help menu icon to access the Lectora Information Center and view information by topic or search for information by keyword. Training Lectora offers several training classes – both instructor-led and online – that provide you with the skills you need to quickly become a Lectora Inspire guru. The Community Forum Search the Lectora community for answers to your questions. The Community Forum is visited regularly by Lectora users around the globe and posts are frequently answered within a short time period. Lectora University Browse hundreds of helpful video tutorials, archived Webinars, and self-paced coursesto help you develop content using Lectora.

Can Lectora publish content to an iPhone?

Lectora includes a number of iPhone templates that can be used to create content specifically designed for the size and functionality of an iPhone. Content created for the iPhone must be published to the Web and accessible from a Web address through the iPhone’s Safari browser.

What kind of interactivity can be created within a Lectora title?

Lectora’s action object enables you to create actions that can be triggered by buttons, hyperlinks, form objects, mouse-overs, keystrokes or simply when a page appears. You can use actions to create small games, flash cards, trivia game shows and more. You can use actions to trigger things like the movement of an object on a page, the submitting of a form or test, and navigating within the title. You do not need any programming knowledge.

Does Lectora have word processing capabilities?

Yes. The text block object in Lectora can be used to type text directly into your title or copy and paste text into your title from an existing document. Text attributes such as font style, size, color and more can be configured directly within your title, similarly to how you use a typical word processing application. You can spell check your title and export the text for reviewers, subject-matter experts and translators.

How do I get technical support?

You can purchase annual Lectora Publisher support for a minimal fee. If you do not already have technical support, contact your Lectora sales representative. You can contact the technical support team by email – Support@Lectora.com – or by phone – (513) 852-6700. Be sure to have your serial number available to give to your support representative.

Maintenance

Does a maintenance plan also include support?

No. Support services are not included with your Lectora maintenance plan. Support is an optional service that we recommend. Annual support can be purchased for $295/yr for Lectora Inspire and $195/yr for Lectora Publisher.

How do I know what version of Lectora I have?

You can locate your version number in the Help menu within Lectora. Simply click on the Help menu and select About Lectora. In the bottom right-hand corner you will your version number. You may also contact your Lectora sales representative at 877.929.0188.

Where can I find my Lectora serial number?

Your serial number is located in the Help menu within Lectora. Simply click on the Help menu and select About Lectora. In the bottom left-hand corner you will see your serial number. Please have this number available when calling to renew your maintenance contract.

Is there anything I need in order to renew my maintenance?

Yes, in order to renew your maintenance you must have a valid Lectora serial number.

How do I renew my maintenance agreement?

Please contact your Lectora sales representative at 877.929.0188 to renew your maintenance contract.

If I don’t have a current maintenance plan, will I still receive service packs?

Yes, you will still receive any service packs released for your version of Lectora, but you will not receive new features or enhancements.

What happens if I skip a year by not renewing one year, but then want to renew the next?

When your Lectora maintenance expires, your Lectora licenses go back to full price and you no longer receive new features and enhancements. In order to receive the best possible price and the most current version, please renew your maintenance before your expiration date.

How much is Lectora maintenance?

Renewing your Lectora maintenance contract is $555 for Lectora Publisher users and $875 for Lectora Inspire users. This is a 65% savings.

What is a Lectora Maintenance Plan?

Lectora Maintenance is an annual agreement that enables you to receive any new features and enhancements that are released each year free of charge and provides you with a highly discounted Lectora renewal fee. Maintenance must be renewed each year in order to receive new features and benefits. If your maintenance expires, you are no longer eligible for upgrades.