Re: Mimic, Captivate - Preferences of Screencasting?

Subject: Re: Mimic, Captivate - Preferences of Screencasting?
From: Abby Klemmer <aklemmer -at- factset -dot- com>
To: straylightsghost -at- gmail -dot- com, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2008 10:06:43 -0400

Collin -

I've been quite happy with Camtasia. Its zoom-and-pan capability is key
for me. Camtasia's latest release, version 5, has several useful new
features, such as embedded quizzes and iPod-friendly publishing.

I've also begun experimenting with embedding small Camtasia animated
software-demos within PowerPoint presentations & publishing those with
Adobe Presenter. This cuts way down on development-time, particularly for
"quick'n'dirty" internal training, where time-to-market trumps all else -
particularly since I'm comfortable using PowerPoint's built-in custom
animations to liven things up. I like how Adobe Presenter automatically
imports the Notes pane from each PowerPoint slide, and uses that as a
transcript -- quite handy for serving non-native English speakers and/or
the hearing-impaired, with very little extra work on my part. Presenter
also lets you add quizzes with little additional work.

I think the whole online-training realm is an exciting one for people in
our profession, although I'm skeptical whenever it's seen as a
"one-size-fits-all" solution. It is one more tool in the overall arsenal,
but it is not a replacement for good online/print documentation and a
living, breathing training department.

Abby Klemmer


"Collin Turner" wrote:

Since screencasting, demos and tutorials are becoming a pretty consistent
part of my job duties as a "tech writer", I'm wondering which tools all of
you are having the best experience using?

I personally prefer Captivate.
I haven't used Mimic.
I'm not fond of Camtasia.

Preferences? And what are your thoughts about this role in our field?


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