Interview with the developer of ‘Question Tools Editor’– Paul Booth
By: Mike Milhouse
From time to time we select a software we like and interview the developer or team behind it. It allows our users to grasp the qualities of the software and the developer/team. Please welcome Paul Booth who will talk about Question Tools Editor.
What is your title/job description?
How did you come to creating this software?
Back in 1999 we were asked to help with an exam system that had gone wrong. I discovered that it is quicksand area - it looks a lot harder than it first appears. One of the worse aspects was creating quality, interactive questions without having programming skills. Thus Question Tools Editor was born.
We are now on the fourth version, with releases for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. We make our money from the only exams corporates need for compliance, checking skills, etc. We made Editor free because we give a hoot (pardon the joke), because we wanted to support innovative educators and trainers who aim to support their learners, staff, pupils or whatever they want to call them.
What are the key benefits of the software compare with alternatives?
There are not that many alternatives. Question Tools Editor works seamlessly with our servers, we use it in house every day for the systems we support. We can watch users take exams live. If they are involved in a high stakes exam and their connection turns to mush we can help them move and continue. If people try to cheat we know about it.
Of course, for the people providing the free tests it is quick and easy, but that also means that it has been used for a range of topics we would never have guessed about. Falconry and Egyptian mummification being a couple of examples.
Where do you see the software 2 years from now?
We are always listening. We have a roadmap, but it tends to be tentative. It gets adapted. The move from version 3 to 4 actually saw some features removed. We want to avoid feature creep, where everything ever thought of has to be crammed into one product.
Thanks a lot Paul!