Question Writer 4 Is Now Free

Question Writer 4 is now free to use. You can download the installer and use with any version of Windows up to and including Windows 10. While it doesn’t have all the features of QW HTML5, Question Writer 4 is very powerful quiz software and nearly all types of quizzes can be created with it.

The drawback is that Question Writer 4 creates tests that use the older Flash technology. This is gradually being phased out and can’t be used on a lot of mobile devices. However if you’re doing desktop testing, or control the test environment, Question Writer 4 is an ideal for creating quizzes and tests. The interface is also very similar to Question Writer HTML5, so you won’t have any difficulty switching if you need to at a later date.

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Version 5.1 : Responsive Theme and Android Fixes

The new release of Question Writer HTML5 is 5.1 – It includes a new theme as its default theme. It looks very similar but it performs much more effectively on mobile devices, with automatically scaling and re-flowing of content to better suit smaller screens.

Here’s the Italy quiz example – try it out on your mobile device now to see the improvement.

Other improvement include button clicking on Android. You’ll find that buttons are much more responsive on Android, especially more recent versions of Android.

These updates are provided free to users of Question Writer HTML5 software. Just download and install the latest version.

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Update to Slider Plugin Question (v1.10)

We’ve had reports that Version 1.9 of the slider plugin question is having problems on some browsers and operating systems. If you’re using the slider question, I recommend updating to Version 1.10 – here’s the download link.

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No Plans For Question Writer 6

A question we get asked a lot is when the next major upgrade to the Question Writer software will be released. Usually our policy is not to disclose future plans, but I want to give some guidance on this today.

Question Writer 6 is not in development and there are currently no plans for a major upgrade. The change from QW4 to QWHTML5 was a platform change from Flash to HTML5 and was a major change. There is nothing similar on the radar that would justify a major upgrade at this time. Instead updates, new features and enhancements will be added to Question Writer HTML5, and these will continue to be free.

Question Writer HTML5 is fully compatible with Windows 10, and the HTML5 quiz output is compatible with all modern devices, from desktop to tablet to mobile.

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Game Of Thrones Character Test

Try out this Game Of Thrones Character Test created with Question Writer HTML5.

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It contains 16 scenarios with multiple choice response question. It uses the newest feature of QWHTML5 – multiple scores for individual options. The test scores respondents of 14 different personality traits, and each option affects multiple traits. It also contains custom fonts, sharing buttons, and a stylish background. You can download the source here if you’d like to make a similar test, or see how things are done.

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Multiple Option Scores

Question Writer HTML5 already allowed you to maintain multiple scores in a single quiz.

Now you can also assign multiple scores to individual options. This is most useful in personality type quizzes, where a single option can change a number of different scores that you’re keeping track of.

The Multiple score feature applies to Multiple Choice and Partial Credit style questions, where multiple score variables with points to be awarded can be added to option nodes – a picture is worth a thousand words . . . .

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I’ll be releasing a quiz shortly that makes full use of this new feature.

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Are You Ready For Love? Take the Therapist’s Test

Here’s an online version of Andrew G Marshall’s ‘Are You Ready For Love’ test, created with Question Writer HTML5. It’s a short 7 question test that will give you a quick indication if you’re ready for love.

The test is published in the Guardian here – and this gives the scoring key. You can see how that scoring is achieved in Question Writer with the source here.

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How Strong is Your Relationship? Take the Therapist’s Test

Here’s an online version of Andrew G Marshall’s ‘How Strong is Your Relationship’ test, created with Question Writer HTML5. It’s a short 9 question test that will give you a quick indication of the strength of your relationship.

The test is published in the Guardian here – and this gives the scoring key. You can see how that scoring is achieved in Question Writer with the source here.

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Software Update – Flexible Question Feedback

There’s a new version of Question Writer HTML5 available to download. There’s one big new feature and a few minor fixes.

1. Question Feedback – Each question can now include three types of feedback – general, correct and incorrect. The feedback can now include all media types, including images, audio, video, html, mathml etc. – anything you can think of can be feedback for a question.

2. Preview Button – Sometimes the preview pane can freeze under a heavy usage. There’s a preview button on the main toolbar now – this resets the preview pane. Use it if the preview isn’t keeping up with your edits.

3. QTI Export – The QTI export has bug fixes and improvement to closely follow the QTI 1.2 specification. Question Writer HTML5 is the most versatile QTI authoring software available.

4. Result Sending Timeout Fix – We’ve had reports from users on very slow internet connections of timeouts that occur before results are successfully sent through. A new fix gradually increases the timeout period if the user is having trouble sending results.

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More HTML5 Updates

Following last week’s updates, I’ve got a new updated installer today with 3 more improvements.

1. Updated Themes to allow more HTML. Some of the themes were preventing basic HTML tags like bold and italic from being recognized. The themes are updated now and should no longer cause this problem. To fix any existing content displaying this problem, install the new version and re-apply the theme to your quiz.

2. Feedback pages will only be displayed for questions that have been displayed. Previously if a user hadn’t viewed a question – maybe because branching skipped the question, or they didn’t have time to view it, the feedback at the end of the quiz would be displayed anyway. This behavior has been changed now – if the user never saw the question, they won’t see the feedback for it either.

3. There’s a new css class applied to the feedback area. ‘questionfeedbackarea’ class – so it makes it easier to apply a style to the whole question feedback area.

You can download the latest Question Writer HTML5 quiz software here.

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