Aug 302010
 
So…What is Screencast.com?

Screencast.com is online storage for your video files. It retains the original file format and quality and allows you to share with everyone or restrict viewing by adding privacy settings.

If you are creating screen casts with tools like Jing, Camtasia, iShowU or ScreenFlow then this is a product worth looking into if you plan to share them employees or clients over the web.

How do I get Started with Screencast.com?
  1. Go to http://www.screencast.com/default.aspx
  2. You have the option to sign-up for a free account or purchase to the Pro account by clicking Buy Pro.
What Will it Cost Me?
  • If 2GB is enough then chose the free account.
  • The Pro account costs either $9.95 USD per month or $99.95 for a year and gives you 25GB of storage.
What platform is it available on?

As you are uploading files to Screencast.com it does not matter if you’re using a Mac or a PC.

Aug 232010
 
So…What is Nitro PDF Professional?

Nitro PDF Professional is an alternative to Adobe Acrobat in that it creates PDFs, but comes with a much lower price tag ($299.00 USD for Acrobat VS $99.00 USD for Nitro PDF Professional)

Here are some of it’s features

  • Converts a variety of files formats into PDF (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc) and vice versa.
  • Combines multiple files into a single PDF.
  • Allows editing of text and images.
  • Carries out Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on scanned documents.
  • Has the ability to allow the user to mark up a PDF with notes and highlighting.
  • Creates fillable PDF Forms.
  • Password protect documents.
How do I get Started with Nitro Pro?
  1. Go to http://www.nitropdf.com
  2. You have the option to download the trial version of the Nitro PDF Professional 6 software or purchase the full version by clicking Buy Now.

What Will it Cost Me?
  • There is a 14 Day free trial version available.
  • The full version costs $99.00 USD
What platform is it available on?

This software is only available for Windows users.

Aug 162010
 
So…What is GIMP?

GIMP is a free graphics tool that can be used by both Windows and Mac users. Here are some of it’s features:

  • Simple graphic functions like those found in the Windows ‘Paint’ program
  • Photo retouching
  • Image file format conversion
  • Image layering
  • Animation

And because it is open source and designed to be expandable and extensible it means plug-ins can be installed to increase functionality.

How do I get Started with GIMP?

Obtaining a copy of GIMP is not as straight forward as you might think, and going to their download page http://www.gimp.org/downloads/ is rather confusing. Therefore, you may want to use these links instead:

What Will it Cost Me?

Nothing. GIMP is a freely distributed software application.

What platform is it available on?

Gimp is available for both PCs and Macs.

Aug 092010
 
So…What is Stomp?

While video files are a great way to share information with customers and employees, file size can be an issue. Stomp compresses video files so that they become smaller, and so are easier to email, upload and share.

To save you time Stomp comes with a variety of standard presets including those for outputting files appropriate for  iPhone, iPod Touch, iPod Video, Apple TV and YouTube. However, there are a lot of options so you can configure your own as well.

Another neat feature is Stomps has the ability to crop video so that you can zoom in on a particular area or cut out something unsightly on the edge of the screen. It is also possible to correct colors and brighten up the video too.

How do I get Started with Stomp?

  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 iShowU as well go to Bundles.
What Will it Cost Me?

Stomp costs $29.95 USD but if you purchase it with iShowU you can get a bundled discount.

What platform is it available on?

The Stomp application only runs only on the Mac operating system.

Aug 022010
 
So…What is Snagit?

Capturing anything you see on your screen is easy with Snagit. This is perfect for those who want to capture screenshots for How-To’s, to explain a technical issue or collate internet research.

  • Snagit comes with eleven preset buttons that makes capturing screenshots very easy. You can capture a region, text from a window, the contents of tall pages that scroll and images from websites etc.
  • You can edit images using an arrow, add a text callout, apply ready-made objects which are available in the menu. You can also make it look professional, by giving it a little perspective, spotlight or other effect.
  • With just a click of a button, you can easily share your screen capture by email, AIM, Skype, Flickr or publish to your blog via FTP .
  • Snagit stores and indexes every capture automatically making finding your old images easy.

Read how others are using Stagit to stay organized – http://www.techsmith.com/snagit/userstories.asp

How do I get Started with Snagit?
  1. Go to http://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.asp
  2. You have the option to download the Free Trial or click Buy Now to purchase.

What Will it Cost Me?

  • You can download the 30 day trial version for free
  • The full product costs $49.95 USD
What platform is it available on

Snagit is only available for the PC.