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Forio Online Simulation Tool

October 30, 2010

I recently viewed a webcast on a tool called Forio that allows users to create simple simulations that run on the web.  So far I’ve only played around with the available simulations, but it is an intriguing concept.  It appears that any simulation you could create in an Excel spreadsheet you can create with their site and then it runs as a Flash application with nice graphics (iPads need not apply).  Mostly I would say that it’s appropriate for games, teaching/training, and some what-if analysis.  I don’t believe it’s very practical for large scale or virtual applications, but that doesn’t appear to be the goal.

In the very near future I’ll create a simulation and give my thoughts on the usability and applicability of the tools.  Until then, take a look at the simulations they have available to try out. If you feel really motivated, go ahead and sign up for a free account and create your own simulation.

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