Re: Using Auto Screen Shot Tools ~ Are They Helpful?

Subject: Re: Using Auto Screen Shot Tools ~ Are They Helpful?
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Jill Gallagher <jill -dot- gallagher -at- outlook -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2015 12:16:26 -0700

Your present procedure is the only one that's viable.

> Chris

On Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 4:04 PM, Jill Gallagher <jill -dot- gallagher -at- outlook -dot- com>
wrote:

> Today a project manager (and an IT guy) approached me, all excited about a
> Microsoft auto screen shot tool she just learned about that will really be
> beneficial to me and revolutionize my job as a technical writer (who knew?)
> She wanted me to drop what I was doing and look into it with them
> immediately at my desk. I did rebuff them, as I was deep in an editing
> project and I was annoyed, I admit. I'll look into it next week, I told
> them.
> I've never used an automated screen shot tool (static screens, not video)
> and I don't see the value of "whipping" through an unfamiliar software
> process in order to quickly create a bevy of numerically named screen shots
> in a folder. I would still need to revisit each one, rename it, edit it
> (cropping, etc. as needed), plunk it into my document, and write a draft of
> the steps associated with it.
> My current process is to navigate through the software, digesting the
> material as the "user," while stopping to create each screen shot using
> Snippit (that's what we have here). This method allows me to name and save
> the screen shot and insert it into my document on the fly. I find it
> especially helpful if I'm learning the software as I go, which is usually
> the case for technical writers. That's part of our job. In addition, part
> of my job is to evaluate the user interface and find bugs. My turtle
> process suits me better than that of the hare. It's more thoughtful and
> thorough it seems.
> Also, can auto screen shot tools capture dropdown menus?
> Regards,
> Jill GallagherTechnical Writer/Editor/Manual Screen Shot Creator
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