Re: Programs to create a software walk-through?

Subject: Re: Programs to create a software walk-through?
From: Abby Klemmer <aklemmer -at- factset -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 15 May 2006 14:09:37 -0400

John - we use Camtasia and we love it. Relatively inexpensive, easy
learning curve, good technical support, and you get a high degree of
control over the finished product.

I've also heard good things about Macromedia Captivate (formerly
RoboDemo?) Now that Adobe owns Macromedia you can find info here:

The one thing I'd advise _against_ using, for this particular job, is
tools such as Microsoft LiveMeeting, Global Crossing, and WebEx. These
tools are optimized for live/synchronous training, and even though they
advertise their "record a meeting/presentation" feature - they are really
not all that robust for working with recordings and getting a polished
result. Rather, the "record" feature here is much more targeted to this
scenario: "If someone missed the meeting, they can watch it later!" -- and
that's about it. The one exception, possibly, is Macromedia Breeze, but
its cost is rather prohibitive, especially considering how affordable and
kick-butt Camtasia is.

Good luck!

Abby Klemmer
FactSet Research Systems

John Bartol wrote:

> Client has an application with a character-based interface. Probably
> around 15 main screens, total of 40 screens including sub-screens.

> Client would like to have a demo disk made that walks a user through the
> typical functions of the system as a training aid. Nothing overly
> fancy... not a lot of hours to allocate to this effort.

> So... I'm downloading Camtasia right now -- are there others that would
> be worth considering?


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