Produce Update: Pastiche 2.0 – Welcome the Store

January 11, 2012 rguiu

Pastiche 2.0 is finally here. Pastiche 2.0 is a major step forward in the development of the Pastiche ecosystem with the introduction of the Pastiche Store.

The Pastiche Store is a hosted service offered by Xyleme that allows you to build an online catalog of your training products that your learners can browse and download using your custom branded Pastiche app. What is more, the Pastiche Store provides a web administration interface that allows you to control how learners access your content on a per product basis:

  • Public: you can make a training product public so it is available to all users of the app.
  • Private to specific users: for each particular product you can decide which users can access it.
  • Private to specific groups: build a catalog of products and make it available to a group of users.

Your learners get access to your product catalog through the in-App Store accessible through your custom branded Pastiche iPad app. The first time they access the store front they will be required to sign up for an account. Once they have an account, your learners can browse the store where they will only see the products they are entitled to download based on the permissions you have assigned to them.

 Figure 1 – The in-App Pastiche Store

With the Pastiche Store it’s also very easy to distribute updates. You can update a product using the Store web administration interface and it automatically becomes available to your learners for download.

On top of the Pastiche Store, this new version of Pastiche also includes support for 5 new questions types and an in-App browser to access external resources.

New question types

Pastiche now supports a total of 7 question types:

  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Multiple Choice / Multiple Select
  • Matrix – New
  • Matching – New
  • Image selection – New
  • Drag and drop – New
  • Bin Drop – New

With the new 5 question types, Pastiche offers a wide range of interactive activities.

In order to provide the best user experience we have adapted the drag and drop metaphor to a touch screen. We decided to use tap once to select, tap again to release.

Check the “Our Solar System” course that you can get through the Pastiche for iPad demo app.

In-App Browser

Whenever a user access a link to external web content such as web pages or videos that you authored in your content, Pastiche will flip the screen and open those links within a built-in browser. Learners can navigate the external content and easily go back to content they were reading at any time.

Download our sample Pastiche 2.0 iPad app from the App Store and let us know what you think.

While you play with the new functionality, we’ll be busy building new exciting features for the next version of Pastiche that will be released in February 2012.

For more information on Pastiche 2.0, please visit our website.

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