Thursday, July 28, 2005

MERLOT '05: Pachyderm 2.0

presented by Dr. Larry Johnson, CEO of the New Media Consortium (NMC)

Pachyderm is an open-source "story-telling" tool (as Johnson puts it) used to create appealing online content with incredible ease. It was created through a partnership between the NMC, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Pachyderm publishes its output in Flash format (SWF) and is targeted for non-developers (Flash developers can breathe a sigh of relief).

If you can get past the incredibly annoying typing sounds (the digital equivalent of nails on a chalkboard), Liang Shao of UBC has created a Pachyderm tutorial demonstrating how easy it is to create better-than-powerpoint material.

Right now, Johnson says the greatest need is for people to "pound" on Pachyderm and test the beta version.

Pachyderm currently support 10 different content templates.

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