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.

May 312010
 
So…What is Jing Pro?

Jing Pro is the paid-for version of Jing (the free tool talked about it last weeks toolbox tip).

So here are the extras you get with JingPro:

  • The ability to save files in MPEG-4 format.
  • The option to use your webcam so you can appear in the video.
  • Easy upload to YouTube.
  • Unbranded video (with the free version, everyone will see the “Jing” logo on your recording).

Note though you still only get 5 minutes of video recording time, if you need more then you will need to look at other tools such as Jing Pro’s big brother Camtasia.

How do I get Started with Jing Pro?
  1. Go to http://www.jingproject.com/pro/
  2. Click the button on the right side of your screen to purchase Jing Pro.
What Will it Cost Me?

JingPro will cost you – $14.95 USD per year

What platform is it available on?

Jing Pro works on PCs and Macs.

May 242010
 
So…What is Jing?

If you’ve got something to share and words are not enough, then show it using Jing.

You can use Jing to:

  • Capture snapshots and annotate then to highlight the area you are referencing.
  • Record what’s happening on your screen in real-time including your own voice over (note – video time limit is 5 minutes).

These are perfect to use when giving step-by-step instructions to a client or employee or to explain a difficulties you are experiencing.

How do I get Started with Jing?

  1. Go to http://www.jingproject.com/
  2. Download the free software
  3. Install the software

What Will it Cost Me?

Nothing, it is absolutely free.

(There is a paid for version, with more features which you can read about next week)

What platform is it available on?

Jing works on both Macs and Windows.