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Can Studios preview Canvas, an IMS QTI editor and renderer

Can Studios preview their Canvas content development system, a visual layout tool for building courseware compliant with the IMS QTI specification.

The IMS meetings in San Francisco earlier in November provided an opportunity for vendors to show off new products using the specifications. One that gathered a great deal of interest from delegates was Canvas, an IMS QTI visual editor currently being developed by Can Studios, a Sheffield-based content development company.

Below: Paul and Russell from Can Studios during a quieter moment.

Canvas takes a Dreamweaver-style visual approach to editing, allowing elements to be moved around the page, resized and coloured. QTI elements and controls can be dragged from a palette and dropped into a layout, such as sliders and multiple-choice questions.

Below: Screenshot of Canvas. Click the image to enlarge.

Like Macromedia's Dreamweaver tool for editing HTML, Canvas allows authors to both visually edit a document and directly edit the underlying code. There is a built-in XML editor, and Canvas will also incorporate support for external code editors.

In addition to visual authoring, Canvas also provides a rendering engine that uses Macromedia's Shockwave format, allowing QTI files to be rendered through a web browser or as standalone Shockwave applications.

A public beta is expected in the New Year. Further details are available at Can Studio's website.

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