“Capturing” my momentum…Posted: November 18, 2011
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)
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!