Daily Archives: May 10, 2017

Textbook Conversion

An important part of tech is keeping everything up-to-date. Over the past semester, I have worked with the creator of a Music Fundamentals textbook to begin the process of converting it into a web format.

About the Software


Originally, MFun was created as downloadable software using Adobe Director and Actionscript 2.0 in 2012. As an interactive textbooks, it has exercises at the end of lessons, as well as drills, quizzes, and an option for custom student notes.

The Plan and Challenges

Below is a presentation that acts as an overview of the project.

The plan is to completely remake it for the web using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Much of it will have to be completely redone without reference, as Director is no longer available, and Actionscript 2.0 is no longer supported. However, this does mean the new version will have a lot of flexibility in terms of design choices.
We decided to simplify the menu, as there were many confusing things about the first iteration, but there are also many good things about the original design that we wished to keep.

As things stand, it are still in the mockup stage, trying to perfect a menu system that is both modern and also convenient. (Believe it or not, not all popular aspects of modern web design are actually helpful to the end user). Ultimately, we are aiming for something that will last.