What is new? What is different in version 10.0?

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TOOLBOOK 10

What's New, What's Different in this release


Image object

A new object type has been added to ToolBook, known as the Image object. Use the Image object to display an image within your content. You will find this object on the Tool Palette as well as in the Catalog. This object is intended to replace nearly all other objects previously used for showing an image in ToolBook, including Picture objects, Paint objects, Web Graphics placeholders and Reusable Graphic placeholders. Pasting an image into ToolBook will now result in an Image object being created, instead of a Picture or Paint object. This is also true when using the Insert | Graphic menu option. You will find that the Web Graphic placeholder and Reusable Graphic placeholder have been moved into the Legacy Objects catalog category.

New Commonly Used Objects Category

A new “Commonly Used Objects” category has been added to the catalog, which currently contains the following objects that are used very frequently for authoring: Auto-Sizing Text Field , Image object, Universal Media Player, SmartStyle Button, Multiple Choice Question, True-False Question, and Question Text Field.

Updated Match Item Question

The Match Item question has been updated so that the lines that associate the questions to the answers are now drawn with curves, rather than a straight line.

Media control for Voice Recordings

You can now control the playback of a voice recording by using the Play, Pause, and Stop buttons from the Catalog. These catalog buttons have been updated to allow Voice Recording to be specified as the target player to control. The Play Media, Stop Media and Pause Media commands within the Actions Editor (in the Media category) have also been updated to allow the user to specify voice recording as the target player to control.

Quiz Summary

ToolBook now has a new Quiz Summary feature that provides a summary of questions answered in the book. There is a new category called the Quiz Summary category that contains Quiz Summary objects and a variety of individual text components you can add to your summary objects.


A Quiz Summary object allows you to designate which questions will be summarized, based on a page range specified. By default, there are three Quiz Summary objects configured to display some general information (with differing levels of detail) about your questions. Other information can be added or removed as needed, using the various Quiz Summary components found in the Quiz Summary catalog category.

Enhanced Question Objects

To support the quiz summary's ability to display the question text for a particular question, an enhancement has been made to each of the question objects, which now allow a user to specify the text to be used as the Question Text. If no specific text has been configured as the question text, ToolBook by default uses cascading rules to determine which value should be taken as the Question Text. This text is displayed on the Quiz Summary page.  

New Question Text Object

A new object called Question Text has been added to the text fields category. If you put one of these onto your question page and specify your question text within that field, the quiz summary object will, by default, automatically use this text within the quiz summary. This is not necessary if you are using a SmartPage since each question-type SmartPage already contains a field for you to put the question text in.

Enhanced Catalog UI

The Catalog UI now has a new look! The background of the catalog, which used to be gray earlier, is now white and the icons for objects have been updated to match the new look of the Catalog. The rollover and selected "effect" shown in the catalog as you interact with objects also has been updated to be consistent with the current look.  

Microsoft PowerPoint Import of Audio

You can now export audio files from PowerPoint to ToolBook when publishing a PowerPoint presentation to a ToolBook book.  When you export a PowerPoint presentation containing audio to ToolBook (using the SumTotal Publish to ToolBook Add -in), by default, all embedded sound files are exported to the target directory, i.e., the location you have specified for publishing your book. For audio files linked in your PowerPoint presentation however, there are two options on how they are exported to ToolBook – they can be copied to the same directory as your published ToolBook file or linked to their original locations. You can specify your preference in the Publish dialog box. Note that the import of audio applies to all sounds inserted via PowerPoint’s Insert menu, excluding sounds associated with Actions.

Microsoft PowerPoint Import of Speaker Notes

The SumTotal Publish to ToolBook Add -in now has the ability to export speaker notes from PowerPoint into ToolBook. These speaker notes exported from a PowerPoint slide can be accessed through the page properties dialog box for the corresponding page in ToolBook. If there are no speaker notes for a slide in PowerPoint, you can use the page properties dialog box in ToolBook to enter notes or instructions relevant to a given page. These notes can serve as a storyboard that capture relevant instructions for you to put the finishing touches on any given page (Example: An instruction to the author to add a hyperlink to a website on a given page).


The text on the Notes tab retains extended characters (such as Danish and Spanish) present in the speaker notes. However, there are no additional formatting options available on the Notes tab.  

Improved Native Format Bitmap Resources

Prior to ToolBook 10, images in all file formats with the exception of BMP and DIB were imported into ToolBook using third party filters and stored internally as resources. The only exception was the PNG file format, which was imported using Microsoft Windows GDI+ (Graphics Device Interface Plus) libraries and could be stored in its native format.


Now ToolBook supports the import of TIFF, WMF, and EMF file formats as well (in addition to BMP, DIB, JPG, GIF and PNG). Additionally, now  ToolBook uses GDI+ libraries for importing all the file formats that ToolBook currently supports for importing and stores them internally in their native compressed format.

Before GDI+ support, a 40KB JPG would occupy almost 5-8 times of the original space once imported as a decompressed BMP – thereby increasing the size of the book by several hundred kilobytes instead of just 40KB. Now, if you import a JPG which is 40KB in size, it gets saved as a JPG and the size of the saved ToolBook file increases only by 40KB.


The main advantage of the new improved bitmap resources feature is that the imported image can be exported in its original format and the user can edit the image if required. Another benefit is that GDI+ libraries also enable future image related enhancements.

Catalog Enhancements

The catalog now has a new legacy category (that is hidden by default) containing the following objects moved into it from various categories: Get ToolBook Neuron 1, Get ToolBook Neuron 2, Get Flash, Get Media Player, Get RealPlayer, Get PowerPoint Viewer, PowerPoint 95, and Neuron. Also the PowerPoint 97+ object has been renamed to PowerPoint.

Borderless Scrolling Field

Both Text and Record fields can now have a borderless scrolling border style. This can be set from the Border Style drop down list under Draw tab of Properties for Text field/RecordField dialog window apart from other existing types available (inset, none, raised, rectangle, scrolling, or shadowed).

Google Android Browser added to list of browsers supported by ToolBook

The Google Android Browser has been added to the list of browsers ToolBook can export to. In the Web Specialist, this option is listed right under Safari 3.0 and later, and is linked to the Safari choice because the Google Android Browser automatically loads Safari exported content. If you select the Safari option in the Web Specialist, the Google Android Browser option will automatically be selected as well.  If you select the Google Android browser option, the Safari option will be selected as well.

Sending Question Text to a Learning management System

For each question in a book, the question text (also known as the question stem) is now sent via SCORM 2004 to the Learning Management System. ToolBook utilizes the “cmi.interactions.n.description”  element to transmit this data.

New Mini-Lessons

The following Mini-Lessons have been added to online Help:


You can access them from the Mini-Lessons section on the Contents Tab.



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