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Jing is free software that adds visuals to your online conversations

Jing by Techsmith, is a tool that has captured my attention. It is a simple to use tool for instant sharing. It can be used for screen shots, videos, call outs and to show people what you are seeing on your screen with a click of a button with a linking URL.  Much better than the process of screen shot, save to word ect.  It sits on your desk top as a yellow half-moon ready for when you want to screen shot with three choices of capture, history and more.

Their website says it is to add visuals to your online conversation. There is a free version and a paid version for adding video. With the free version you also get 2 mg on Screencast which is a nice benefit.

Here is a few ways they suggest using Jing

  • collaborateCollaborate on a design project
  • share snapshotShare a snapshot of a document
  • speechNarrate your vacation photos
  • bugCapture that pesky bug in action
  • family tech supportShow Dad how to use iTunes
  • homeworkComment verbally on students’ homework
  • tidbitsPost tidbits from your life on Twitter or Facebook

What I also like is that is integrated with their other programs, that are more complex.

Screencast.com Screencast.  It not only provides free storage and instant sharing of your Jing content…it’s also a super place to share your high-quality videos, images, presentations, and all manner of digital content.

 

Snagit Snag-It . This Swiss-army knife of screen capture picks up where Jing leaves off.  Powerful image editing, scrolling window capture, cursor capture, tagging, search, and rugged good looks.

Camtasia Studio Camtasia Studio.  Jing’s big brother on the video side—and the ideal choice for creating longer, more polished screen videos. Camtasia Studio can edit your Jing videos, too.

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Screencast is a way to document all your online processes in digital content for employees, customers and prospects.

Knowledge transfer and the ability to create a way of capturing your online process and a how to for all your interfaces is quite a daunting task for a CMO to take on.  Most just assume it is not documentable and are not addressing it.  With online talent still a high commodity, it needs to be done for each of your tools and web interfaces.

The ability to video or screencast a training session of a current employee doing what the do everyday is critical for future knowledge.  If you do not, when that person walks or is downsized or move to another department, you are left with a huge knowledge gap.  Screencast  is a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration.

Our webmasters use an online solution called Screencast-O-Matic, which is an original free and easy way to create a video recording of your screen (aka screencast) and upload it for free hosting all from your browser with no install. Another company to check out is Screencast.com.

A good example for use as a sales tool for online or complex screen instruction is done by Dropbox, who is a file management company that put files or folders on-line or share.  They do a good screen cast example to give you an idea of how the technology is used as a consumer facing solution.  Anytime I need to revisit how to do something on various interfaces, I have a screencast to refer back to in video as well as in words.