Xerte is an XML/SCORM 1.2 Editor, a friendlier and more powerful alternative to the Reload Editor.
See also eXe, an alternative for people non interested in scripting.
As of Sept. 2010, Xerte is available for both Windows and MacOS. There are two main products according to the Xerte homepage (Sept. 2010).
Xerte is a fully-featured e-learning development environment for creating rich interactivity. Xerte is aimed at developers of interactive content who will create sophisticated content with some scripting, and Xerte can be used to extend the capabilities of Xerte Online Toolkits with new tools for content authors.
Toolkits is a server-based suite of tools for content authors. Elearning materials can be authored quickly and easily using browser-based tools, with no programming required. Xerte Online Toolkits is aimed at content authors, who will assemble content using simple wizards. Content authors can easily collaborate on projects. Xerte Online Toolktis can be extended by developers using Xerte.
According to the Getting Started Manual (retrieved october 21 2007):
Xerte is a suite of tools for the rapid development of interactive learning content.
In developing Xerte we have sought to make it very easy to perform simple,
common tasks, yet possible to do anything you want. Xerte seeks to provide a
focus on the types of problems and situations that developers of interactive
learning content frequently encounter.
Xerte provides a visual, icon-based authoring environment that allows learning
objects to be easily created with the minimum of scripting. Functionality that
would be time-consuming to develop from scratch in other tools can be created
very quickly in Xerte.
If you don’t write code yet, you will be able to use Xerte to integrate text,
graphics, animations, sounds and video, create simple interactivity, and deliver it
in an accessible interface.
If you write some code, you will be able to create more complex structures and
sophisticated interactivity. You’ll be able to customise the default interface and
develop your own interfaces and navigation systems for your learning objects.
If you write lots of code you’ll be able to develop powerful components and even
extend the Xerte authoring interface with your own tools.
Windows only for now.