Course Design Utilities

Bb-Friendly HTML Editor - This utility allows you to compose Announcements, and Item text for Blackboard, in a user-friendly editor, but without all of the overhead and headaches of trying to use Word.  Just type your message, format it with all of the fonts and colors you want, then copy and paste into the Blackboard Visual Text Box Editor.  This program downloads as a zip file.  To install it, simply extract the contents, then run the setup.exe program contained inside.

Jaris FLV Player Packaging Utility - Want to post videos to your course, but don’t want to have to manually edit HTML, then create a zip file for upload?  Then this is the utility for you.  Just install the Jaris FLV Player Packaging Utility, then browse for your video files (in FLV format), at your option, you can also add a thumbnail image and a logo.  Then with one click, package everything ready for upload to Blackboard.  This program downloads as a zip file.  To install it, simply extract the contents, then run the setup.exe program contained inside.

Any Video Converter – This is a free utility for converting video files from one format to another (helpful for getting your videos into FLV format).  It can also download videos from YouTube™!  Complete installation instructions and system requirements are available from the vendor’s website.

AoA DVD Ripper – This is a utility for ripping DVD’s to your hard drive, it allows you to rip clips for Fair Use, or the entire movie for backup.  It does cost $34.95, but that’s a small investment for a good program.  System requirements and installation instructions are available on the vendor’s website.