“Capturing” my momentum…

I haven’t been looking forward to Thing 18, but I think it may be one of the easiest to cross off my list. Quite simply, I don’t really need either of the tools mentioned. I already have some reliable screenshot tools at my disposal, and I’m not currently in a position where I need to create instructional video or audio resources. Someday, I’d like to try my hand at a screencasting tool like Jing, but it’s just not something I have time to explore without a true purpose. As we saw in my previous post about Prezi, I’m not much good at pretending. So, instead of messing around with tools that I won’t use in the foreseeable future, I’d like to use this opportunity to tell you about similar things I already do use.

The boring stuff…

Whatever happened to good old “Print Screen” and “CTRL-Alt-Print Screen” for capturing screen shots? Many times, that’s really still all you need. However, I must admit that I loved finding out that Command-Shift-4 on my Macbook would bring up little crosshairs I could use to focus my screenshot! The Windows 7 snipping tool isn’t too shabby, either.

So why do we feel like we need all of these other tools? I guess it’s because we often like to annotate our screenshots, and we want to be able to do it without opening up an image editing program. Here are a couple of tools I’ve found useful.

Skitch (for Mac)

SkitchI’m not sure where I first heard about Skitch, but it’s a handy little free Mac app (Android also available, iOS coming soon) that makes capturing, annotating, and sharing screenshots quite simple. I used it to create images for PowerPoint presentations when I was in library school, and I’ve even used it to spruce up a blog post. I wouldn’t say I’m a Skitch expert, but it has come in handy for me. My main complaint so far is the cutesy pink heart logo. I’ll be interested to see what happens to this little utility now that it has joined the Evernote family.

LightShot (for Firefox on Windows)

I got tired of using Paint to crop and/or annotate screenshots on my Windows XP computer at work, but I also can’t download any additional software like Jing. I went in search of a Firefox add-on that could do the job. I used to like Screengrab because it would allow me to copy just a selection rather than the entire screen, but unfortunately development has not kept up with the newest editions of Firefox. Luckily, I found an alternate extension that does even more than Screengrab. LightShot not only allows you to copy and/or save a selection of the screen, it has quick sharing tools and a fairly powerful online editor.

And one more thing…

Earlier this week at the Indiana Library Federation (ILF) Conference, I learned about a unique screencasting tool that’s more about troubleshooting than training. ShowMeWhatsWrong.com creates a link that you can send to a confused family member, friend, or customer. Once they click on it, it will record their screen so they can show you what’s happening. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but I can see loads of potential!

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One Comment on ““Capturing” my momentum…”

  1. Alan Green says:

    Thank you for the extra tools. Particularly ShowMeWhatsWrong.com. That sounds clever.


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