Learning Software Suite Nominated for SIIA CODiE Award

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Solo combines the content and vision of Don Johnston Inc., technology expertise of Integration New Media and Qt development framework of Trolltech.

Integration New Media (INM), Don Johnston Inc. and Trolltech teamed up today to announce that Don Johnston’s SOLO Learning Software has been nominated for a 2006 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Award in the “Best Instructional Solution: Special Needs Students” category.

Presented by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the CODiE Awards celebrate achievement and vision in software, education technology and digital content. The “Best Instructional Solution: Special Needs Students” category recognizes solutions specifically designed to benefit students with unique educational needs, including those with physical or learning disabilities or those who are gifted and talented in preK-12 or post-secondary.

SOLO is designed to help students improve their reading, research, and essay writing skills. SOLO combines four key modules: Read:OutLoud, Write:OutLoud, Draft:Builder and Co:Writer into a single, integrated suite that students can use to complete reports, essays and research papers. With an emphasis on interactivity, SOLO builds the skills necessary for the information age by helping students organize their thoughts and incorporate them into their writing projects.

In the creation of SOLO, Don Johnston teamed up with INM for its programming and technical development expertise. The two companies then selected Trolltech’s Qt® development framework to ensure ultimate flexibility and allow SOLO to run seamlessly on each of the major operating platforms. By choosing Qt technology, INM developers could write a single-source application that runs natively on Mac OS and Windows without additional programming and with each platform’s genuine look and feel. INM was also able to extend Qt to accommodate for custom functionality in record time. Trolltech’s Qt 4 was also nominated for the awards in two categories: Best Open Source Solution and Best Software Development Solution.

“The synergy between our vision and content, INM’s technical expertise and Trolltech’s Qt development framework is a winning combination. We are extremely pleased with the final product and have seen excellent response since its introduction.”

  • Don Johnston, chief executive officer of Don Johnston Incorporated

Voting for the 2006 CODiE Awards is now closed, and finalists will be announced on May 16, 2006. To see a full list of nominees, visit http://www.siia.net/codies/2006/showcase.asp

To learn more about SOLO, visit http://www.inm.com/gallery/item.asp?id=1163.

About Don Johnston Incorporated

Don Johnston Incorporated is a publishing, media, technology and professional services company creating products that enrich teaching and learning in K-12 education. Validated educational research and brain science are key ingredients in development ensuring that every student can reach their full potential. For more information about Don Johnston, visit http://www.donjohnston.com/.

About INM

Integration New Media (INM) is an expert in interactive media (CD/DVD, internet, kiosk, and mobile) and a leading provider of marketing, meeting and event tools, and custom software development. For over 15 years, the company has provided clients of all types and sizes with technology and services to create rich, interactive publications and applications. INM also has a successful line of products which includes some of the best-known Xtras for Adobe (formerly Macromedia) Director and Authorware. With INM's breadth and depth of expertise, strong partnerships have been forged with industry giants Macromedia®, Adobe®, Apple® and Microsoft®. For more information about INM, visit http://www.INM.com/.

About Trolltech

Trolltech® is the company that makes software faster to build and easier to use. Trolltech's magic inspires software innovation and drives improved usability. The magic is the combination of efficient software development with an innovative, high-quality user experience. Trolltech's software increases the appeal of our customer's desktop applications and devices while reducing their risks and software development costs. Trolltech's technologies accelerate the evolution of software by unleashing the creative power of the developer.

The company's family of products includes Qt®, which sets the standard for high-performance, cross-platform software development; and Qtopia®, the unrivaled application platform for the efficient creation of Linux devices. Trolltech software is the foundation for thousands of leading products worldwide, many from Global 2000 companies. Trolltech is a second-generation open source company, with a dual licensing business model that supports open source values and methodology in a profitable, sustainable business. For more information about Trolltech, please visit http://www.trolltech.com.


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