Adobe has launched a new multimedia authoring tool for education. Project Rome for Education allows students and educators to create multimedia presentations that include text, video, audio, images, animation and interactivity. Its layout engine, which resembles the one found in Adobe’s professional page layout tool, InDesign, provides a full range of typeface and formatting controls, as well as paragraph controls, text flow from one text box to another and text wrap for automatically wrapping copy around images and other page elements. It also offers drawing tools and a Flash-like timeline for animating elements based on various parameters, such as opacity, position, rotation and other transformations. Adobe is looking for schools to participate in pilot programs using the software, especially those schools that have adopted Google’s Apps for Education or the open-source learning management system Moodle.
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