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TMCNet:  Allen Interactions Inc. Announces Minority Investment by Odyssey Communications, Inc.

[November 05, 2012]

Allen Interactions Inc. Announces Minority Investment by Odyssey Communications, Inc.

Minneapolis, MN, Nov 05, 2012 ( via COMTEX) -- Allen Learning Technologies was established in 2009 to design, develop, and deliver powerful cloud-based visual technology for creating and sharing highly-interactive applications. The company's current authoring and publishing system, ZebraZapps, offers developers and non-programmers unparalleled flexibility, speed, and power to create rich interactive multimedia for elementary education to advanced technical training, from games to scientific simulations, all without writing a single line of code. In addition, users of ZebraZapps can share their applications instantly on the web as well as publish and sell reusable learning objects or entire applications. The company is led by Dr. Michael W. Allen who in 1987 designed, developed, and brought to market Authorware, a previous generation product like ZebraZapps, which captured over 80% of the worldwide instructional authoring market within three years of its release. In 1992, Authorware, Inc. merged with MacroMind/Paracomp to form Macromedia, Inc. and went public. In 2005 Adobe Systems Inc. acquired Macromedia for $3.4 billion.

Dr. Allen said, "I am excited to partner with Odyssey Communications and its founder, Katsuya Debari. A key part to the success we had at Authorware was our strategy to expand internationally, including bringing on board strategic international investors and partners. We were attracted to Mr. Debari's successful track record and depth of business relationships in the Asian market." "I am very pleased to be partnering with Dr. Allen and his outstanding team," said Mr. Debari. "I was familiar with the Authorware product and its strong success in the Asian market in the late 80's and 90's. ZebraZapps has the same innovative traits that Authoware did in its time. I believe the company is well positioned to repeat the success it had with Authorware and hope to support the company's growth in the Asian market." About Allen Interactions Inc.

Allen Interactions is an internationally-acclaimed company focused on improving performance through powerful learning experiences. For nearly 20 years, Allen Interactions has designed and developed custom e-learning and blended learning solutions to address the widely-varied performance goals of the world's leading organizations. With a wealth of experience and a track record of success in instructional design, technology, creativity, process, and project management, Allen Interactions consistently achieves positive business impact. For more information visit:

In 2009, the company established Allen Learning Technologies to create a revolutionary, cloud-based authoring and publishing system ZebraZapps, which allows developers and non-programmers to create rich interactive media applications easily and quickly, as well as share, publish, and sell reusable learning objects or entire applications. The first release of ZebraZapps was launched in November 2011. For more information visit:

Press Contact: Christopher Allen callen (at) alleni (dot) com 651-203-3700 About Odyssey Communications, Inc.

Odyssey Communications, based in Tokyo, is one of the leading Japanese companies in the test delivery business and the exclusive Japanese representative of Microsoft Office Specialist program. Since 1997, the company has delivered over 3 million exams through its nationwide network of almost 1,800 authorized test centers. The founder and president of the company, Katsuya Debari, is also currently acting as the president of, an education and certification association consisting of the 18 leading Japanese ITC and service companies in the contact center business. For more information visit:

Press Contact: Katsuya Debari debari (at) odyssey-com (dot) 011-81-3-5293-1888 Read the full story at

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