It seems like a long time in advance to make this announcement; I can’t remember that happening before (but feel free to correct me), so I started reflecting a bit on the timing.
A year and a half ago, I wrote that software that has delivered HTML content all along (including Lectora), was poised to seize huge opportunities in the market. Since then, Trivantis hasn’t released many improvements to Lectora that either take advantage of new-in-HTML5 parts of the HTML spec or improve existing capabilities so that they work better in mobile browsers.
In the meantime, rumors of Storyline’s ease-of-use are rampant, and since it’s a new tool that will publish to HTML5, it’s reasonable to expect that it is developed with modern technology — particularly mobile devices and browsers — in mind. And Storyline was widely rumored to be launching at DevLearn in early November.
Gotta think it was smart of Trivantis to let their customers know before DevLearn that they’re on the job, but the fact that they don’t say anything about features — particularly publishing — gives me pause. If I worked for a company that used one main authoring tool and it was Lectora, I would be happy with the prospect of a new interface in nine months or so, but I would also want to know that Trivantis is finally making Lectora that kick-ass, powerful, HTML5-publishing software I’ve been waiting for.
If you’re interested in getting in on the beta for the new Lectora, sign up here.