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WOW… I’m impressed! Techsmith, the makers of Camtasia and Snagit is now offering FREE software!
Techsmith headquarters is only about 45 minutes from Grand Rapids, and I’ve even had the opportunity to visit them in Okemos, Michigan just a few months ago. Anyway, fast forward to the cool and FREE stuff. Garry Brand sent me a couple of links that he came across recently. It turns out that Techsmith is giving away, for FREE, some earlier versions of their software, specfically, Camtasia and Snagit.
In addition, Techsmith offers another tool called Jing. Jing is a quick screen capture and video capture tool as well. In fact, I’ve blogged about Jing in the past. I really like Jing because it works on a Mac and a PC. It is also an excellent application for quickly sharing screen captures.
So what is the difference between Camtasia, Snagit, and Jing you ask? Well, I’m finding that Jing is really powerful for quick how to situations, especially since Jing links up easily with Screencast.com. You can do a quick screen capture and with a simple click, email or instant message someone to show them how to do something, or where to click, or what your screen looks like if you are troubleshooting an issue.
Camtasia, on the other hand is much more robust when compared to Jing. It allows much longer screen recordings, advanced editing tools, and a huge assortment of output formats. Snagit is an excellent still image and fully functional screen capture tool. I find that it is particularly useful for “marking up” your screen captures with arrows, comments, bubbles, and the like. It is also a really slick tool for capturing web pages that run screen screens long.
Anyway, I’m happy to see this move from Techsmith. It will enable and empower educators to access a great screen capture tool and use it for teaching and learning… With the ability to easily upgrade to the most recent version to add more capabilities, features, and functionality… for a small fee of course! 😉
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