Camtasia 4 vs Captivate 3 Screen Recorders

Subject: Camtasia 4 vs Captivate 3 Screen Recorders
From: Karen <ekarenski-techwrl -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2007 16:28:38 -0700 (PDT)

I've been reading a lot of reviews on the web comparing older versions of Camtasia and Captivate. (Captivate 3 will be released this month.)

After a quick review of the trial versions of each, I'm initially very impressed with Captivate since I had a workable demo produced in less than an hour. The auto-text captions alone saved me hours of work.

I need to use a screen recorder to capture information for software demonstrations, tutorials, and web demonstrations. Since I will be creating tutorials of software that is in development, I feel that it will be easier to edit one software modification where a screen changes instead of re-recording an entire procedure and re-annotating it.

I need to make sure I can justify the difference in purchase price ($699 vs $299). I need about 20 man-hours of time savings which I think can easily be attributed to ease of use (fast learning curve) and lack of need for editing.

A lot of the reviews are glowing of Captivate, but just wanted to check with other users who have worked with the most current versions.


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