Re: Screen captures

Subject: Re: Screen captures
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:11:46 -0500

On Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:35:24 -0500, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com> wrote:

If the only documentation available is a video, the person who created
it is lucky they're not nearby.

"As you can easily see, if we click here (WHERE THE HECK DID YOU CLICK?) we get this (WHAZZAT?) and then this (SHEESH YOU CLICKED INTO THE SECOND THING BEFORE I COULD SEE THE FIRST THING. WHAT IN BLOOMING BAZUNGOSTAN ARE WE SEEING, ANYWAY?)"

In my experience screen captures are needed when the product displays as output a complicated graph, where it's crucial to observe inflection points, outliers, changes in scale, or other minutiae. I've sometimes used a full screen shot with a call-out to the detail. I'm thinking of the situation where the user's actual experience may only vaguely resemble the example given. If you cannot click on the software's screen to get an interpretation of some messy part, then a good illustration can help.
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References:
Screen captures: From: Anonymous
RE: Screen captures: From: Janoff, Steven
RE: Screen captures: From: Mike Starr
Re: Screen captures: From: Vrushali Humnabadkar

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