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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.

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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...


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  • And So What?

    a) This already has been done before for demos, instructional programs, etc.
    b) Why do we care? Do we capture video of people bruishing their hair, their teeth, sweezing their eyebrows? No ...

    Man, these guys are desperate ... try harder, guys!
    andyhayes1
    • lol, yup

      i did several of these for my lil shareware programs 2 years ago, was i THAT far ahead of the curve?

      http://www.valissoft.com
      valis
      Valis Keogh
  • woohoo, ahead of the curve and didn't even know it...

    i did several of these a couple of years ago with demonstrations of the usage of my software products on http://www.valissoft.com , i haven't had any DIRECT feedback on their usefullness however.

    valis
    Valis Keogh
    • good for you

      Sure this is not a new discovery, but it's still worth pointing out the trend.
      chris jablonski