At gomo, we never stand still, and are always improving our product based on our planned roadmap and feedback from our customers. Since launch, we’ve been providing lots of minor updates, but the first major upgrade, gomo 2.1, is available now. And because gomo is in the cloud, subscribers get these updates as soon as we release them, which is why you will now find the new gomo 2.1 features available to use in your own gomo courses.
We’ve added a host of new features and capabilities to make everyone’s life even easier – both for multi-device authors and for students who are learning with gomo content.
Alongside a wealth of minor tweaks and performance improvements, the major new features in gomo 2.1 include:
Creating highly interactive screens just got even easier. Some complex gomo screens took a lot of setting up in the past – we’ve now made life much faster with our new screen templates – in some cases reducing the effort from 20 steps down to two!
Pick a pre-configured screen template and gomo will create the screen layout and add all of the items needed for the chosen screen type. Just drop in your content and hit the publish button.
The new screen templates currently include:
- Audio asset (left and right)
- Video asset (left and right)
- Comic strip
- Film strip
- Hotspot image
- Menu (grid)
- Menu (list)
- Text and graphic (left and right)
- Assessment results
- Drop down on graphic
- Graphical multiple choice question
- Hotspot multiple choice question
- Select from list
With this new feature in place, we will be regularly adding new templates in as the list of our screen interaction assets continue to grow.
gomo courses have always responded and adapted to the target device (desktop, tablet and smartphone), filling the screen and orientating themselves correctly. The addition of display conditions now allows authors to easily create device-specific content, or content based on the value of a project variable. For example, a detailed graphic on a desktop or tablet display might become unusable on a smartphone screen. Authors can now choose to replace the graphic with a simplified version that works on the smaller screen.
With gomo 2.1, display conditions can be applied to ALL assets in a course. So it’s possible to have less text on a smartphone, shorter videos, alternative audio and any other adaptations that you desire.
Multiple language support via XLIFF translation export/import (beta)
gomo now makes it easy to create courses in different languages. Once a course is built, you can duplicate it and export the course content to XLIFF format for your translation agency.
When the translation is complete, simply re-import it into the duplicated course to instantly get the foreign language version of your course.
Brand new themes
Themes are used in gomo to control the look and feel of your courses. gomo comes with a number of themes to get you started as quickly as possible. gomo 2.1 adds the ‘Night Sky’ and ‘Elegance’ themes. If you would like to see the Night Sky theme in action, you can do so via our online demo.
Don’t forget that these are just the starting point. You can configure themes to your heart’s content in gomo to give you beautiful content that matches your branding seamlessly for e-learning that really feels like yours.
Brand new assets
We have a variety of brand new screen interaction assets for you. These include:
The accordion asset allows for the expanding and collapsing of text blocks on a page. It’s a nice way of presenting a series of statements and allowing users to step through them as they expand and collapse.
The carousel asset provides a horizontal storyboard for text and image content so you can present your content as a storyboard.
The image wall asset allows you to present image-based content as an interactive image gallery. Clicking on an image will display the content full screen and display additional text content which relates to the selected image.
The separator asset is a simple content separator that allows you to break up content on screen using a solid, dashed or dotted line.
Still in beta, but available as part of the 2.1 release, is our iFrame asset. The asset will allow you to embed externally hosted content within a screen and can be used for HTML5 animations, YouTube videos and more.
With gomo 2.1 we have also enhanced our range of actions. For the assets that support actions (e.g. button assets and hotspot image), the following actions are now available:
- Link to a resource
You can now link directly to resources associated with your project (e.g. PDF files)
- Set image states
Using actions, you can now dynamically swap the images on screen.
- Set variable
Using the variables you have defined for your project or group, you can now set these dynamically using actions
Minor updates and usability enhancements
Based on your feedback, we have made a number of enhancements to gomo to improve usability. Notable enhancements include:
- Colour picker
The content editor now includes a colour picker to easily select the colour you need
- Media library refresh
When uploading new content to your resource library, you can now see the additional resources in the content editor by clicking on the refresh button
- Text input asset variable support
The text input asset now supports variables for default text
- Custom fonts
If the range of default fonts isn’t enough for you, we have added support for two custom fonts, allowing you greater flexibility in how you present your text content.
To see the new features in action for yourself, register for our gomo 2.1 webinar on August 22nd. Mike Alcock will demonstrate the new and improved gomo, and will answer any questions you have about our multi-device authoring tool.