The old adage “Seeing is believing” has been around a long time because people just need visual proof sometimes. We have all had co-workers or clients that want to see the proof. Sometimes, we really need visuals to solidify a concept.
Whether it is in the form of wireframes, design mockups or prototypes, people like to see how it will work, or why it was broken. As concepts get more complex and customized, the need for showing concepts and creating a visual language is even more important.
I have found that using Jing screencasts from Techsmith has been very helpful in demonstrating a point online. I used it in a post early this year about Ask.com to demonstrate what was happening in my browser.
There are a couple of shortcomings to what Jing can do – you need to have the software installed and it doesn’t provide that many options for integrating video. Another software,ScreenToaster, has a few more features available including:
- Web-based recording – no need to have software installed
- Ability to manage audio
- Ability to record from browser but jump between browsers and desk
- Advanced playback features to speedup or slow down.
I signed up for the service and did a quick trial of the tool to check out its features. From the initial look and see, I think that ScreenToaster has seems to have more advanced features overall, but there were a few bugs with using the recorder. Definitely worth checking out.