Saturday, November 22, 2008

JING

I was asked a question today about the Jing Project by a friend of mine (Hi Karen). I knew of it but had never used it so I decided to do some research since it is an application that more than likely I would be using in the very near future. With that said, I also thought it may be of value to the Web Byte community so here it is ~ a very brief overview of Jing, my first Jing video and the links for you to pursue the topic further.

Jing is a free downloadable software by TechSmith (the world’s leading provider of screen capture and recording software for individual and professional use) available in Mac and PC formats. It was included in the 100 Best Products of 2008 in the September issue of PCWorld, so for the price it’s not a lightweight. The concept behind the project is to be always ready to capture and share images and videos from your desktop – anything you can see on your screen you can share with anyone as an image or a video. According to the information on the Jing site, it is designed to capture, annotate and share. You can snap a picture of anything on your desktop; record video of what you do or what you see; and upload it to share via emails, IMs or blogs. As mentioned previously, Jing is currently a free application and includes a complimentary Screencast.com account (Screencast.com is a TechSmith’s media hosting solution that securely host your Jing content) with 2 GB of storage and 2 GB of transfer bandwidth per month. The video length is limited to five (5) minutes and I think that is quite enough to show someone a simple process.

As I anticipated using this application to show others how to do tasks on their computers since this is a question I get asked quite often…how do I do…?, I decided to download Jing and see how it works first handed. The download process took about 6 minutes, at the end you are asked to create a Screencast.com account which entails providing an email address where they can notify you if necessary and creating a password and screen name. With Jing you can capture the steps to complete a task on your desktop and create a link for sharing on Screencast.com, embed the code, save on Flickr (with a Flickr account), use the FTP (file transfer protocol) or save it to your hard drive. These selections make your project available for others to see via your blog, Web site, email or IM. Since sharing information via blogs is one of Jing’s usages, I decided to create a video of formatting a document, create a link on Screencast.com so it would be available for you to see. Sometimes it is easier to see things done rather than listen to or read the instructions. If anyone has used Jing, we would be interested to know in what capacity and your experience with it.

Since this is just a brief overview of Jing, please visit the links below pertaining to the project for more detailed information.

As always, email me with your topics and lets have a good time learning together!

My Video:
Formatting a Document-11/22/08

Here are some links to the project:
Home page http://www.jingproject.com/
FAQs http://www.jingproject.com/faq.asp#q1
Jing blog http:/blog.jingproject.com/


7 comments:

in christ james said...

thanks ava. this is real awesome information. keep the information coming. in christ james

AvaByGrace said...

Thanks James. I need some suggestions on products and/or topics to research so keep the ideas coming also.

Anonymous said...

This is terrific. Now I can show others how to do tasks from my desktop without being frustrated. Thanks for this very informative post. Will share with others.

thirdchild said...

Hi Ava, thanks for providing the information on this neat tool. I especially like how you demonstrated its use. I can use this tool for my business. Keep up the great work and providing excellent information.

AvaByGrace said...

Thank you thirdchild for reading Web Bytes. You keep reading and I'll keep researching new topics to make it interesting. Thanks again!

given said...

May i suggest an easier and faster screencasting tool ?

ScreenToaster - www.screentoaster.com

ScreenToaster is a free web-based screen recorder designed to capture screen activity in real-time then embed videos in blogs and websites. It works in all browsers and doesn't require any download.

- Live audio capture
- Embed webcam in screen capture
- Subtitles
- Accelerated or slow-motion playback / Pauses
- Upload to Youtube
- Download your screencast in .avi

What bloggers say about ScreenToaster:
Techcrunch, Michael Arrington : "The ease of use is just awesome. It takes literally seconds to create and publish a screencast."
Digital Inspiration, Amit Agarwal: "ScreenToaster Does a YouTube for Screen Videos."
Go2Web20, Orli Yakuel: "So right now, ScreenToaster is the best choice that you'll find, and the results are very good. Seriously, I couldn't find any reason not to use it. Overall, you'll save yourself time & money."
ReadWriteWeb, Frédéric Lardinois: "ScreenToaster is definitely a contender for being one of the best and easiest to use tools available."
Mashable, Jennifer Van Grove: "We think ScreenToaster is an excellent solution that brings advanced screencasting options to all levels of computer users. ... It’s a safe option to recommend to clients, friends, and family members."
Master New Media, Robin Good: "And again, more than anything else ScreenToaster is by far the simplest and most immediate screncasting tool to use out there. If you want to know what I think, here it is: ScreenToaster is going to toast them all. Seriously."

AvaByGrace said...

Thanks Given for sharing this information with us on ScreenToaster. Since this post on Jing is so old your comment was placed on hold for me to moderate the comment so I apologize for the delay in your comment being posted. Also, because of the age of the post it would not be seen by new visitors to the site, would you like to write a post on ScreenToaster to be posted on the front page of Web Bytes as a recent post? Please let me know.

Ava

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