web-based ToolBook training can run LIGHTENING FAST
from ANY server ANYWHERE in the world!
The size of your graphics, use of objects on
the page, and use of the Simulation widget coupled with the user's
connection speed could really drag down the learning process and
frustrate your user's. That's because each time a learner goes from
one web-based page of your course to another, everything on that page
has to be "served" from the web-server to the local PC in order to be
displayed in the browser. Now, once that page has been downloaded
to the local computer, it is stored in the temporary internet cache and
providing it is still in the local cache it will display quickly the
next time the user goes to that page. So doesn't it just make
sense to load all of the pages and graphics into the local cache BEFORE
the learner starts the training? YOU BET IT DOES!
The ToolBook Pre-Loader will solve the problem of slow loading pages and
graphics by loading them into your end-user's local cache before the training
starts. This means that internet connection speed is no longer an issue!
to learn why Pre-Loading is important.
What is the ToolBook Pre-Loader?
It is a Widget
that you simply drag from the catalog and drop onto the first page of
your ToolBook project to add page and graphics
functionality to your project. The ToolBook Pre-Loader adds a
web-based interface to your program that enables your user's to Pre-Load
graphics and pages with the touch of a button or you can automatically start the
pre-loading when your program launches - it is your choice.
Click here to see the ToolBook Pre-Loader in
action on a real project.
Why Do I Need the ToolBook
common way to add Pre-Load functionality to ToolBook projects is to put all
of the graphics in the program on one page and have the user navigate to
that page and wait for the page to render all of the graphics. There
are a couple of problems with this approach:
- It takes a lot of time to add all of those graphics
to a page and if they change at all, you have to remember to add the new
graphics to that pre-load page.
- You aren't actually Pre-Loading all of the graphics,
because this approach must be done pre-export. That means that all
of the ToolBook objects that get converted into .gifs in the export
process will not get Pre-Loaded.
- This approach will only pre-load the graphics and NOT the actual
web pages themselves.
The ToolBook Pre-Loader works after the export is
completed and and before the preview dialog so it can pre-load all of the .gifs and .jpgs in the program along
with all of the other graphics created from ToolBook objects without
the hassle of physically putting all of the graphics onto a separate page
in your project. In addition, the ToolBook Pre-Loader will
optionally pre-load all of the
html pages for your project - sometimes those pages alone can take 5 or
more seconds to load. This is time for EACH PAGE to load since
each page is handled as a completely new page with ToolBook 2004 SP3.
So, not only is the ToolBook Pre-Loader easier to use, but it does a more
complete and professional job for you :-)
How Does the ToolBook Pre-Loader Work During
The ToolBook Pre-Loader is easy to use during
development, all you need to do is drag the Widget from the Catalog and
drop it onto the first page of your ToolBook project. The Extended
Properties Editor will open an allow you to enter the details and
configure the Pre-Loader. The Pre-Loader ships with default values,
however, it also provides the ability to save default details. This
means that after you have configured your first Pre-Loader and saved the
data then all other ToolBook projects will use these defaults.
If your ToolBook project has already been exported then the Pre-Loader
will automatically update the export files, this means that you don't even
need to re-export your books to take advantage of Pre-Loading
immediately:-) Please refer to the user guide for details on the
files that are updated - briefly there are very few files that you need to
upload to the server, again saving a lot of time and effort.
How Does the ToolBook Pre-Loader Work For your User's?
You have several options for launching Pre-Load
functionality in your ToolBook projects:
- You can automatically launch the Pre-Loading web
interface when your program is launched.
- You can automatically
launch the Ask Pre-Loading web interface when your program is launched,
give your user's the option to Pre-Load or not, and/or....
- You can add Pre-Load functionality to you program by adding a button with an
"On click.." event that will invoke the ToolBook Pre-Loader.
Regardless of the approach you take, adding Pre-Load functionality will
take less than five minutes.
Who Developed the ToolBook Pre-Loader?
I am the creator of
the ToolBook Pre-Loader and its predecessor the Graphics Pre-Loader.
designed the Graphics Pre-Loader for a customer who had dozens of books that
required Pre-Load functionality. Each book had between 150 to 300
pages and each page had an average of 3 graphics. The most common
techniques for Pre-Loading graphics were not sufficient. However, the
Graphics Pre-Loader solved the pre-load challenge handily. With
the release of ToolBook 2004 SP3, page creation and loading has be
completely changed to overcome some problems with earlier versions of
ToolBook DHTML. Unfortunately this improvement means that each ToolBook
page including the background gets loaded on every page. One of my
customers realized that their simulations were loading very slowly
after upgrading to SP3 - even though they were using the Graphics
Pre-Loader. This problem was solved by creating a Pre-Loader that
not only Pre-Loads the graphics, but it also Pre-Loads the html pages.
ToolBook Pre-Loader Features
easy and fast to use.
guide. (Click here)
about adding Pre-Load functionality until after you have exported your
all graphics and pages for the project including .gifs generated for various
ToolBook objects during the export process.
documented and works for both Instructor and Assistant.
one full year of support and upgrades.
Frequently Asked Questions
The ToolBook Pre-Loader is available
for ToolBook version 2004 and higher.
ToolBook Pre-Loader™ Price
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