New SofTutor Learning System Reduces Learning Time and Increases Retention

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In response to President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, New Vision Software, Inc. redesigned its SofTutor interactive video learning system to reduce the time and complexity it takes to make training content by up to 80%, while making it easy enough for anyone to use for collaborative skill sharing. With the SofTutor's how to video training method, companies have said that their students master skills in half the time compared to other methods.

SofTutor provides the first new approach to interactive video training in years

New Vision Software, Incorporated introduced today SofTutor, an interactive video learning system that can be used for training, technical support and collaborative skill sharing. Unlike traditional text-based eLearning or distance education, SofTutor makes learning fun by its hands-on, follow along, learn by doing video approach. Learners no longer have to memorize what they've seen before running their software since they can run both SofTutor and their software on a single screen. In addition, learners can easily find and display specific "how to" information while running the program. These factors enable learners to retain more of the demonstrated skills.

SofTutor empowers teachers, subject matter experts and users to create custom integrated training and technical support quickly, easily and inexpensively using either proprietary content or publicly available electronic content. They can also share knowledge and skills with SofTutor.

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3; Create, Check-in and Share.

1.        Create a video or screencast using your preferred method.

2.        Check-in the video or screencast in using the SofTutor Authoring Tool and create keywords and a table of contents.

3.         Share SofTutor content via hard drive, local network, intranet or the internet.

With SofTutor's Authoring Tool, interactive video training can be created in minutes or hours, not days or weeks, cutting the creation time by up to 80%. For example, the SofTutor for SketchUp was created in four hours (including downloading video, check-in, and indexing). Subject matter experts or those with special skills can offer quick solutions for help desk users or pre/post sales demonstrations. After 15 minutes of training, an 8 year old learned how to make content and has developed training titles including one on Webkinz(R) for her friends

"SofTutor provides the first new approach to interactive video training in years," says Randolph Hilgers, president of New Vision Software. "Our customers save money and time by reducing training time and help desk calls. They've found that learning time is reduced by more than 50% and 'how do I do' calls are reduced by up to 70%."

For example one customer who uses SofTutor for technical support stated, "SofTutor provides real quality online help, at a cost that's a fraction of what we'd spend staffing a help desk. And users get their problems solved quicker."        

"Our SofTutor Lan Reduced 'how do I do ...' questions to our help desk by 70%," mentioned Don W., Fortune 5 customer.

William S., State Dept. of Transportation customer, declared, "With our state wide SofTutor LAN, requests for classroom training have dropped to zero in 1999. SofTutor is like having a personal instructor."

"Since the time that it takes to create training has been reduced 80%, subject matter experts spend more time on their area of expertise rather than creating training or answering questions," added Randolph Hilgers.

The Director of Engineering for a Fortune 25 customer remarked, "SofTutor puts a subject-matter expert at the elbow of every one of our 2,000 users, all the time."

"Since 1995, SofTutor has maintained a 99.976% customer satisfaction rating with over 250,000 users trained," observed Randolph Hilgers.

Pricing and Availability

SofTutor is available for download/purchase now. For more information, please visit For pricing information, go to SofTutor Store. New Vision Software also offers full consulting services to develop a training program or a custom project per customers specifications, including co-branding and shrink-wrapping. For more information on custom projects or consulting go to Custom Projects.

About New Vision Software, Incorporated

New Vision Software, Incorporated, revolutionized software training by combining overlaid hands-on video learning with easy to follow along examples. Since 1995, users--from major universities to Fortune 500 companies--have reduced learning time by at least 50% while increasing retention. With the new SofTutor Learning System, subject matter experts can create customized training programs with their own content while users can find and display specific training information without leaving their current application.

For more information, please visit our website at SofTutor is a registered trademark of New Vision Software, Incorporated. SketchUp is a trademark of Google Inc., Webkinz is a registered trademark of Ganz.

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