In my beginning days as a trainer I was always in search of software programs that could give me an edge on my ability to produce training content. I downloaded Jing one day because I figured, “Why not, its free.” Since then, I became a daily Jing user. Jing is a product that not only can take a screenshot of your desktop, but also take screencasts. A screencast is a video of your desktop, which can allow you to demonstrate a process or record a presentation.
Hear are the reason why Jing is my software of choice when it comes to screenshots and screencasts:
Stays inconspicuously on the corner of your desktop. Jing has a nice icon that stays out of the way and is ready to take a screenshot at any time. In the preferences section you can adjust the settings so that the command keys will start a screenshot without you even having to click on the icon.
Easy sharing with Screencast.com Account. When getting started with Jing, you have the option of connecting the account to screencast.com. Screencast.com is another product of TechSmith’s line of eLearning software. For the basics Screencast.com it is free which allows you 2 GB of storage and 2 GB of monthly bandwidth. For starters, this will serve you well. Screencast.com is somewhat like a stripped down version of YouTube. No ads, just your content, which is great for a simple, professional interface. Once you capture your screencast on Jing, there is a button to automatically add the video to Screencast.com and the hyperlink to share this video will appear on your clipboard.
Videos limited to 5 minutes. This is both a positive and negative aspect of Jing. By only allowing you to record for a 5 minute period, it forces you to be concise and deliberate in your screencast. In general, recording smaller length screencasts is ideal for your audience since the average attention span of the adult learner to watch an internet video is 2.7 minutes. However, if you wish to exceed the 5 minute span, you can use a tool called Camtasia Studios or make your videos into segments such as “Part 1, Part 2, etc.”
No need to save photo files. Prior to Jing I was using the standard Windows/ Apple command keys for taking a screenshot. One of my biggest peeves with this was the number of steps to send an email with a screenshot. This would involve taking the screenshot, saving he screenshot file, opening the email, attaching the screenshot file, and then sending. With Jing’s interface I can copy the photo onto my clipboard and have it readily available to insert into my document or my email.
When Saving Photos or Videos, you can title them right away. In the event that you are creating a manual or need to have a series of screenshots, Jing allows you to title the photo after taking the screenshot or screencast. Note: the photos will be saved as a .png and the videos as a .swf.
You can find the direct download for Jing here on the TechSmith website.
Here is my 3 minute overview of the features available in Jing: