Software-as-a-movie

Summary:Jon Udell, tech writer, analyst, and developer, writes in his InfoWorld blog about his experiments with what he calls "screencasts" or narrated movies of software in action. Easy to do, apparently all it takes is a tool that captures screen video along with voiceover, and after some editing you can showcase application tips, capture and publish product demonstrations, and even make short documentaries.

Jon Udell, tech writer, analyst, and developer, writes in his InfoWorld blog about his experiments with what he calls "screencasts" or narrated movies of software in action. Easy to do, apparently all it takes is a tool that captures screen video along with voiceover, and after some editing you can showcase application tips, capture and publish product demonstrations, and even make short documentaries. He says:

If you think about it, we rarely get to observe in detail how other people use their software tools. Now that it's almost trivial to make and publish short screencasts, can we expose our software-tool-using behavior to one another in ways that provoke imitation, lead to mastery, and spur innovation? It's such a crazy idea that it just might work.

Here is a good example of a screencast showing how the standard Windows search feature doesn't automatically send your search terms to the indexing service and the ridiculously simple fix...


Topics: Tech Industry

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Christopher Jablonski is a freelance technology writer. Previously, he held research analyst positions in the IT industry and was the manager of marketing editorial at CBS Interactive. He's been contributing to ZDNet since 2003. Christopher received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at U... Full Bio

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