This is kind of interesting. We happened by the MacKiev booth near the end of the day and stumbled into a presentation by Roger Wagner. Roger was the original developer of HyperStudio. After he sold HyperStudio (the details of why are a little vague), HyperStudio kind of faded. At one point, development ceased.
One of the reason we care personally is that HyperStudio was one of the main examples of a tool students could use for multimedia authoring in editions 2 – 4 in our book. The decline of the product required that we adjust our perspective. We changed over to eZedia products for our present edition. If we move on to another edition, we will probably try to provide examples of both.
While the competition must be tough in creating products for the education market, it is great to see a reasonable level of competition. A little competition pushes companies to continue to generate improved products and gives consumers greater choice to match specialized needs.
If I heard correctly, the upgraded product is to be available for an August release date. Welcome back Roger – good to see you at NECC again.