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CAT: Assemble your own multimedia tour

TitleCAT: Assemble your own multimedia tour
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsFilippini Fantoni, S.
Secondary TitleInternational Cultural Heritage Informatics Meeting - ICHIM07: Proceedings
Conference Start DateOctober 24-26
PublisherArchives & Museum Informatics
Place PublishedToronto, Ontario, Canada
EditorTrant, J., & Bearman D.
Keywordsassembly tool, multimedia tour, PDA, software

Antenna Audio's latest web-based software application, the Content Assembly Tool (CAT(tm)), responds to the growing need for museums to reduce the cost of Multimedia Tour productions and take more control over the creative process. The CAT(tm) allows clients to create and/or update their own Multimedia Tours by assembling pre-existing content assets such as text, audio, images, videos and Flash animations. The software is used primarily to publish on any Windows Mobile handheld device, including smart phones, but in future iterations it will also work on other platforms, such as the Internet or kiosk-based systems within the museum. Based on the results of an on-line survey that was distributed to several museum professionals, the CAT(tm) was designed specifically for use in this sector and therefore is it is intuitive and easy to use even by those who have little software experience. It privileges a visual approach that helps users better understand the Multimedia Tour structure (even when it grows exponentially) and it includes a series of wizards that guide the user through every step of the process. During the demonstration we will show the different features of the system and, by using pre-existing multimedia content, we will assemble small Multimedia Tours that we will then preview and publish onto different PDAs, including those that users might have with them (if compatible).