Efficiently and painlessly work with media files stored outside your ToolBook application.

Now available!

Take Control of Your Graphics and Media Files
Tired of messing with clips? Need to manage Flash movies or MP3 files? Media Connection can build your clips for you and allow you to change their source based on language or audience. You can do the same for bitmaps and other resources. Manage your references to other media types via simple OpenScript calls that return current file locations. Store narration or other content for each clip, resource, or media file in the database.

Special Tools
Media Connection has special author-level tools for creating the database based on your ToolBook file.

Media Connection Price

Description Price
Media Connection $595
1 year Media Connection technical support (email only) $145

Educational and multiple-copy discounts are available.

User Comments

  • I tested the following languages: Japanese, Korean, Chinese (PRC) and Thai. All worked perfectly! Everything imported back into ToolBook just fine! Since we had not been able to use ToolBook for double-byte language content, we have built up a library of other tools that we use depending on the type of courses we are building. Now we should be able to eliminate one or more of these other applications which will make up the cost savings to purchase the TTS.
  • Prior to having Content Connection, we would have a separate set of books for each language and we would spend hours copying and pasting (which leaves lots of room for error - especially when we don't speak or read the translated language).
  • Here is what you get for $895: 1. The ability to take your ToolBook program and essentially with the touch of a button dump all of the text into an Access database. 2. A Translator tool that you send off to your translators. Your translators do not need to have ToolBook to use it. The translator tool shows the "English" text on the bottom of the screen. Your translator puts the foreign language translation in the top of the translator screen. When the translator is done, he/she saves the file and sends the database file back to you. 3. You can now add buttons to your program for English version, Spanish version, etc. Your users can select the language they wish to use and the ToolBook will be populated with that language.
  • TB Connection is an excellent tool that is very helpful for translating a ToolBook file. If you have to send the text out to a translator, the ability is there in TB Connection. You can also edit and change the text in the database app. Even better yet, you can set up the ToolBook application to switch languages when a user launches the app by using system books. I'd give Platte Canyon a call and someone there would be able to tell you more about it.
  • We use the TB Connection products from Platte Canyon (actually just finishing up an English to Portuguese project :-). We primarily use Content Connection, but also Media Connection for graphics with text in them. They work very well and our translators (Portuguese and Chinese) both like using them.
  • I've used TB Connection for a very large project, a math application in Danish that needed to be translated into Norwegian. And it is a very very cool tool indeed. Another side effect besides translating is that you could use it to speed up development by creating "template" applications. So instead of different languages, you could "translate" from one level to another (a Physics app from 5th to 6th grade and so on.) Doing it this way allows your subject matter experts to create new courses based on the same "framework" as one original book. And they don't even need ToolBook to do so. This puts some restrictions on the structure of the new files, so it won't work on all applications. But it is a very cheap/quick way to get stuff done. (BTW I don't work for Platte Canyon:-), I just think it's a cool tool).
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