The ToolBook® Companion
Solutions, Techniques, Expert Information, and OpenScript®
If you use ToolBook to create training, this book is for you. With 450+ pages
of articles and explanations, there is something here for every level of
The first section, Training Solutions
, contains articles on various aspects of using ToolBook to create training.
These range from case studies to specific examples on when and how to use 3D
animations in training. Learn about incorporating media into ToolBook as well
as one approach to creating a tracking system in ToolBook.
ToolBook Techniques, the book's second section, gets into more ToolBook-specific content. Creating
Let-Me-Try simulations, OpenScript techniques, Installation approaches are all
includes over 200 important pieces of information on ToolBook. Whether
discussing undocumented features, unexpected approaches, or critical solutions
to common problems, you'll find valuable information here.
include OpenScript examples with running commentary. You'll find approaches
here that are unique and very helpful, even if you are going to export to the
For a detailed listing of articles, please see the book's Table of Contents.
Text from the back cover:
We've been using ToolBook since 1993 and still consider it to be the best
product around for computer and web based training. This book contains a unique
collection of articles about using ToolBook for training, technical
explorations on programming and advanced ToolBook techniques, a large
compilation of Expert Information topics, and an array of documented OpenScript
Tips to help you harness the power of ToolBook's scripting language.
addresses needs that may arise when developing training with ToolBook. The
collected articles in this section cover case studies, creating study guides,
3-D animation, student tracking, incorporating media into ToolBook, and more.
gets “under the hood” to help you become a power developer. It includes
articles on using OpenScript to save time and improve interactivity. We go
behind the scenes of Platte Canyon's popular Learning & Mastering
ToolBook... series to learn how to use the Agent ActiveX control, simulate
software applications, and more. We extend the boundaries of catalog objects by
introducing “Extended Page Templates.” Finally, the section includes a very
popular tutorial on using InstallShield® Professional for ToolBook
includes over 200 explanations, helpful hints, and programming nuggets to
expand your horizons as a ToolBook developer. In addition to topics from the
authors, there are important contributions by Tim Barham and Denny Dedmore of
SumTotal Systems as well as other leading developers.
presents a full collection of tips and tricks on using OpenScript in ToolBook.
With actual script on the left of the page and corresponding descriptions on
the right, this section offers a rare glimpse into the mind of the ToolBook
About the Authors:
Jeff Rhodes and Chris Bell owned Platte Canyon Multimedia Software
corporation (at the time of this book), the leading third-party ToolBook product company in the world. To
help fulfill their motto of Improving the Lives of Training Developers™, they
hosted The ToolBook User's Conference as well as created and
sold such popular products as Tracker.Net™, the Plug-In Pro™, TBK Tracker™, and
The ToolBook Companion Price
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You can't imagine what the ToolBook Companion did for me. It is an awesome book!!
I have now gone through all of your book and several sections more than once, a great resource and one which I can see myself returning to time and time again.
Today I found it helpful when I was asked how to detect audio and play it only if it's available. We had a little info in our Knowledge Base but not like the helpful info I found in your book.
A few days ago I received the new book from Jeff and Chris (Platte Canyon), The ToolBook Companion. It's really a very valuable companion for every ToolBook developer - I even shared my bedside with this companion the first nights - for the pleasure of my wife ;-) There are hundreds of nice and tiny solutions, as well as very helpful techniques to get the right direction for new issues. It will be a very helpful companion for my next project to do things much easier, smoother, and faster. Thank you Jeff and Chris for sharing your profound knowledge and experience with us.
I'm really pleased you've decided to publish The ToolBook Companion because the first question I get asked by every new user is, "Can you recommend a good book on ToolBook?".