Not sure what is causing it, but screen casting seems to be all the rage these days. It seems like the ability to actually show people how to do thing has finally caught on … On the PC side they’ve had that Camtasia software for quite some time … us Mac users used Snapz Pro for most of our efforts, but recently a few new entries have made their way onto the scene.
The Jing Project has become an essential tool for quickly creating simple screen casts to show people how to do all sorts of things. It shares stuff instantly with screencasts.com in a Flash media format. It is really simple to use and does the trick for quick and dirty screen casts. What it lacks in sophistication it makes up for with simplicity and sharing.
This morning I stumbled on ScreenFlow … it is a new and sophisticated tool designed to take screencasting to a whole other level. It does some very nice things. Clearly the $100.00 price tag is a bit more than the free Jing, but it looks much more like a robust creation and editing tool. The demo movie shows that it can capture full screen, video, audio, and in a very cool twist, the video coming in via the iSight. So, using ScreenFlow, Keynote, and your iSight creating guided presentations to be delivered online becomes very easy. I haven’t used it yet, but will be putting it to the test later today. For now there is a free demo that places a watermark on your screencasts.