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MMB Alternative

Postby miscdas » Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:21 am

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Re: MMB Alternative

Postby Valero7 » Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:19 pm

Hello fellow MMB Users. I used MMB for the last 11 years and made some money by selling educational software. I had several posts for finding a replacements for MMB. In 2010 when the word was out about Media Chance was no longer supporting MMB I published the following in the old MMB board:
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I’m sorry I’ve taken so long to accomplish this but the reasons are obvious.
On March 2010 after 10 months of researching more than 85 different programs that promised to be RAD (rapid application development) software, I considered the following 5 software as the best to replace MMB as a RAD tool for non-programmers and users with extensive ‘subject knowledge’ and in need of developing fast applications and presentations without the use of heavy scripting but with the capability of coding if needed (just as MMB used to do with the ‘Script Wizard’)
Software and their prices: (USD as of January 2010)

OPUS PRO...............594.00
NEOBOOK...............199.00
ADOBE CAPTIVATE.....300.00
VISUAL STUDIO.........299.00
RUNREV.................500.00

(Prices are in USD and as of January 2010)

This software were given to a group of 5 non-programmers with the task of developing a Multiple choice quiz like program composed of 3 questions and 4 answers for each question and a final result of the quiz taken by the user. All the non-programmers had a least 1 year experience using MMB on a weekly basis. The non-programmers were given 30 days to document the time it took them to finalize the quiz and to give a number from 0 to 10 (10 being the best) to show which software they like the most based solely on ease of use and price:
................................ Average Time...........Preferred
1..... OPUS PRO...................1.5 hours................. 9
2..... NEOBOOK................... 3.7 hours.................8
3..... ADOBE CAPTIVATE.........5.8 hours.................5
4..... VISUAL STUDIO.............6.2 hours.................2
5..... RUNREV................... never finished............1

6. (This was a non-scientific test and if you see my prior postings you can understand the purpose and reasoning behind it)
Thanks for your patience.
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During 2010 I used Opus Pro during the 30 days trial and I was impressed with it but not to the point that I would say it was better that MMB. Two months ago I was offered a discount by Opus pro and jumped into it and I can honestly say that I have finally found the replacement for MMB, and I also can add that Opus Pro 9.3 has surpassed MMB. If you download the trial, test it and hopefully you can start developing immediately since its so similar to MMB. I have developed an Android app in less than 10 days of using this software!!! I
In 2011 I migrated all my MMB programs to Adobe Captivate and continued my business with it. Now I'm doing the same with Opus Pro and I'm loving the "can do attitude" that it offers, a legacy MMB left me.
(BTW I'm still using MMB in Win 8.1 for minor and fast jobs!!!)
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Re: MMB Alternative

Postby miscdas » Fri Sep 18, 2015 7:52 am

[ I submitted a reply to this a few days ago, but strangely, it does not appear anywhere in the forum listings!]

I am recommending Processing as the most cost effective MMB replacement at this time; see below.

Thanks for that study, Valero7. I installed the Opus Pro trial. Although the GUI design is rather dated, it does indeed offer a tremendous number of options and abilities. Current price is $600. The Creator version is $100, and probably meets the needs of most users that have dealt with MMB. I noticed that when one registers for the trial, there is an option to include an email address to get a discount coupon.

LiveCode (RunRev) has a free Community edition, but it is open source GPL that REQUIRES including the source code for your app. To avoid including source code, you need a commercial license. They have gone to a pay-as-you-go monthly subscription plan that is $49/month!

However, recently, I came across the FREE, open source project Processing . It is written in Java, but one does not really need to be a hard-core Java programmer to use it. Is does not have a built-in visual GUI IDE like MMB, but there are some add-on GUI packages that can be installed, such as ControlP5 . It is possible to package stand-alone apps as well. One can also create Android apps; see . This is a 5-year old post, but it shows how Processing already was capable then.

There is also a spin-off called ProcessingJS that runs in the browser (assuming Java is installed on the end user's system). A I recall, it uses Processing and HTML5 to accomplish this.

Download Processing (remember, totally free to use and can make commercial apps) and one of the Visual IDE packages and try re-doing one of your simple MMB projects. I think you will see the power...
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Re: MMB Alternative

Postby miscdas » Fri Nov 27, 2015 4:54 am

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Re: MMB Alternative

Postby miscdas » Thu Dec 29, 2016 1:59 pm

Another year nearly finished....

Since my evaluation of the OpusPro (not free) application last year, I must concur with Valero's evaluation group that of the commercial applications that I have evaluated, Opus is the best paid alternative to MMB when considering usability, features, and price.
You can check for their overview.

Currently, until 4 January, 2017, the price is $278. However, version 9 is $65. It contains most of the features and functionality of the Pro version; I would say there a very few features that typical MMB users would miss.

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Re: MMB Alternative

Postby SlowJC » Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:57 am

Thanks for sharing this!
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