I wrote a little while back on this blog about how I used the MrCute (Moodle Repository Create Upload Tag Embed) IMS code to add a IMS/SCORM repository for TLF Learning Objects to my Moodle site. The advantage offered here over the standard IMS moodle resource was the ability for my staff to search for Learning Objects. This added database powered indexed search finally made these TLF objects accessible to many of the staff where before they just had to manually trawl through 1500 objects.
While the MrCute code certainly worked as advertised, it did have flaws. The biggest of these being that it over-wrote existing Moodle code (a big no no in my book) which made it a pain after upgrades and its interface was not the best.
Well the team at Worcester College of Technology and Learning Objectivity under the lead of Richard Goddard have not been resting on their laurels. Ever since the release of the first code they have been listening to feedback and working on their latest version, imaginatively called MrCute2.
The new version is still Open Source and the entire development process has been completely transparent and open to comments from the public. The new development has seen the resource developed as stand alone code rather than the old over-write method and also has focused on creating a cleaner, simpler interface.
While you cannot grab this code for yourself as it is not due for release till mid March next year, they are looking for users to test and provide feedback on their demo site. I have thrown together a brief video below to show some of the progress but I would recommend you visit their test site and try it our for yourself.