Jing meets Tweeter

jing by techsmith
On December 8, 2009,Techsmith, developers of SnagIt and Camtasia Studio, released a new version of Jing, a screen casting, screen capture software that works on Mac, Windows XP, and Vista.

In short, Jing is another neat tool, that allows you a fast and easy way to add your screen captures and screen casts to Twitter.  Jing is similar to Screenr that I posted here on Twitterwatchdog several weeks ago.  The following is a summary of some of the features of Jing.

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Screen Capture – Capture What You See.

With Jing you can capture any thing on your desktop (image, text, and icon), or just make a video of your desktop.  You can initiate a capture by clicking on the Jing’s “SUN” icon, located on your task bar after installation, or by pressing a hotkey of your choice.

Record What You See and Do on Your Desktop

With Jing you can capture a window, pane, or region to capture or record.  All you have to do is select a window or a region on your desktop and Jing will record up to five minutes of video of everything that appears in the selected area.  You can “point to things with your mouse, scroll, flip through photos, and click around in a website or application” and Jing captures it all.

You can Narrate on the fly

If your computer is equipped with a microphone, you can also narrate your topic at the same time, again up to 5 minutes.

Want to Make a Point

If you want to emphasize or explain your capture, then you can mark up your screenshot with a basic text box, arrow, highlight, or rectangle.

Posting Captures to Twitter

You can update your “Twitter” followers instantly when you integrate rich media into your tweets.  Select any rectangular areas on your computer screen; decide if you want to produce a static screenshot or a movie.  Once you have made your decision, then you just hit the record button.  The graphics that you capture are saved as a PNG image and movies are saved as a Flash file (SWF).

When you are ready to share your capture with “Twitter: click on the “Twitter” button.  A dialogue box will pop up and you can create your tweet in the text box, just like you would on “Twitter.”  Jing will post your tweet along with a link to your Jing screen capture or screen cast.

Other Options

If you send your capture to a site like Screencast.com or Flickr, Jing will provide a hyperlink on your clipboard, so that you can share your creations with others.

You have a choice; you can either leave your recording on your hard drive or just upload them to Screencast.com via Jing.

One of the features of Jing is the history.  You can view every movie or screenshot captured by Jing.  The history is always accessible through the history window as a thumbnail.  If you decided to delete a capture, it also deletes it from your History as well as Screencast.com if it has been shared.

Summary

Jing is FREE software that lets you add visuals to your everyday online conversations. Like the ones you have on Twitter.

You can use Jing to:

  • Snap a picture of your computer desktop.
  • Record video of onscreen action.
  • Share it via Twitter, email or IM.

You can find more details about Jing including a screen cast showing the new feature in action.  Or, you check out the recent posts on the Jing Blog.

There are many screen cast tutorials on the Jing Help site.

That is it!  Have fun with your new tools!

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