Comparing screencast applications


Article from Issue 70/2006

Screenshots provide a static impression of an active program, whereas desktop video sequences show the software hard at work. We’ll introduce you to some of the major tools for creating screencasts.

Screenshots are just not good enough. Today’s open source projects need to invest in marketing to attract users and fellow programmers, and a screenshot gallery is just a matter of course. Many of today’s projects take things a step further and offer screencasts, video clips that show their software at work. Screencasts are also useful as web tutorials. A number of programs help users create screencasts. Many of the candidates come from the Gnome camp, which is always open to the latest trends. This article investigates some of the more widespread offerings.

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