Jul 262010
 
So…What is iShowU?

iShowU is a popular screen capture tool for the Mac made by ShinyWhiteBox. It allows you to record your screen and your voice and with the HD (standing for High Definition) versions you can also make use of your webcam to insert yourself into the video. iShowU comes in three flavors

  • iShowU Classic
  • iShowU HD
  • iShowU HD Pro

Check out the comparison chart to see the features of each version
http://store.shinywhitebox.com/store/shop.php?shpage=Products&fc=1

If you need more than the 5 minute limit imposed by Jing but don’t need the all of the editing features of Camtasia then iShowU could be the answer.

Also note, that if you are concerned about file sizes you may want to consider purchasing ShinyWhiteBox’s other product Stomp, which compresses video files.

How do I get Started with iShowU?
  1. Go to http://store.shinywhitebox.com/
  2. Click Store
  3. If you only want to buy iShowU select it from the Products tab, if you would like to purchase Stomp as well go to Bundles in order to save some money.
What Will it Cost Me?
  • iShowU Classic – $20.00 USD
  • iShowU HD – $29.95 USD
  • iShowU HD Pro – $ 59.95 USD
What platform is it available on?

This is available for Mac only.

Jul 192010
 
So…What is PDF-to-Word?

As the name suggests it converts PDF documents into files that can be edited in Word, the output files are in DOC and RFT formats.

Though it is not possible to convert PDFs into DOC and RFTs accurately each time, NitroPDF claim their product does better than most converters, by:

  • Creating high quality and easy-to-edit word files.
  • Using Word formatting options like paragraphs, columns and tables to make the Word document look as much like the original PDF as possible.
  • Reproducing graphics accurately and maintaining image quality.
How do I get Started with PDF-to-Word?

  1. Go to http://www.pdftoword.com/
  2. Select a PDF file to convert.
  3. Choose whether to convert it to a DOC or and RTF file.
  4. Enter your email address in the box click Convert.
  5. The converted document will then be sent to you by email.
What Will it Cost Me?

The PDF-to-Word converter is free.

What platform is it available on?

As it is an online tool it be be used by both PCs and Macs.

Jul 122010
 
So…What is Go2Convert?

Go2Convert lets you convert images into different file formats and reduce their size. And because it is a web based you can do it without the hassle of installing additional software. It is a great solution to convert and resize your digital images, supporting over 100 major image formats including GIF, JPEG, JPEG-2000, PDF, PNG, Postscript, SVG, and TIFF.

How do I get Started with Go2Convert?
  1. Go to http://www.go2convert.com/
  2. Select an image
  3. Choose which image format to convert to
  4. You have the option to resize the image or not
  5. Enter your email address
  6. Click Convert
  7. Choose to directly download your converted images or obtain a URL for your image file so that you can link to it.
What Will it Cost Me?

Nothing. It is a free web-based tool.

What platform is it available on?

As this is accessed via a browser it works on both PCs and Macs.

Jul 052010
 
So…What is Camtasia?

Small businesses are increasingly using videos to train employees, offer customer support and promote their products, and with the growing popularity of information products, the videos are often the actual thing being sold. Videos are an easy way to demonstrate a process, product or an idea as they are both audio and visual making it easier to get a point across.

While there are a variety of products available that do screen capture, Camtasia Studio is an extremely big player in the market.

Creating a video requires 3 steps:

  • Record – Camtasia offers it’s users flexible recording options. You can choose whether to capture full screen, window or by region. You can also add in music tracks or use  a microphone to record your voice, and if you would like to appear in video you can utilize the picture-in-picture function to use your webcam.
  • Edit – Once you’re done recording, you then can polish it up to turn it into a professional quality video.
  • Share – After recording and editing your video, it’s time to export it – it can be saved in a variety of file formats or shared online.

Note that Camtasia for Mac is a newer product than Camtasia Studios (the Windows version) and the features of the two products are not identical.

How do I get Started with Camtasia ?
  1. Go to http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.asp
  2. Select Free Trail or Buy Now.
  3. You may download the free trial, but the full version is shipped out to you (International orders will take about 4 to 6 weeks), so you may want to download the free trial even if you intend to buy.
What Will it Cost Me?
  • The free trial version which is fully functional lasts 30 days.
  • The full versions costs $299.00 USD (Windows) and $99.00 USD (Mac)
What platform is it available on?

There are two versions, and the features are different – one for Mac and one for Windows.