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Training software – capturing on screen processes


I am very interested in finding out what applications there are on the market for capturing software and IT training.
So far I have looked at a program called 'Wink' ( ) but wondering what else is out there.
This kind of thing is great for refresher training or as a reminder on how to follow a step-by-step processes and is a good alternative to resorting to a user manual.
Andy Barrett

5 Responses

  1. screen grab software
    Hi Andy
    the two i have used are:
    adobe captivate – great package but at a professional price. can also generate flash content – very flash (pardon the punn)

    the low cost option is snagit
    this is an excellent tool, I currently have an older version so cannot say what the new version is like in terms of featurs but well worth a look

    Have you participated in the survey? You only have a short time left to do so!

  2. Worth a look
    This might interest you, I have no experience of using it.

    Wondershare DemoCreator is a handy screen recording tool that captures full desktop screens, windows or regions. You can add images, annotation and narration to enhance and publish it as a flash video demo. It gives you the easy way to create software demonstrations, screencasting, presentations, product tutorials and interactive training.

    This program is free for the next few hours.

  3. SnagIt
    I use SnagIt from Its very easy to use and does all sorts of captures from regions of screens, to full screens, to scrolling pages. You can annotate too. You can get a free trial from the Tech Smith website and its only about £30 for the full lot.

  4. Captivate or WINK
    I’ve used both Captivate and WINK.
    I admit that Wink is fantastic for a no cost product. I haven’t tried any of the lateset releases though so some of the ‘flaws’ that I found in the user interface may have been rectified.
    Captivate, as already mentioned, is a bit pricy. I have four licences for my ten trainers and we’re just starting to develop nuggets in the same way that you’re looking to use it.
    Captivate took me 35 minutes to show an IT Trainer how to use it and they’ve already produced two pieces of work that are a pretty good first attempt so from a ‘hit the floor running’ perspective it’s good. It can also do show me, try me, test me shows whilst outputting to HTML, Flash and Word for documentation.
    I’m not an Adobe salesman (far from it, there were other packages I would have prefered but were more expensive) but have found Captivate addresses my needs.
    It can also link to your LMS if you have one too because it’s SCORM compliant (I don’t think WINK was from my recollection).
    Hope that helps,

  5. Captivate!
    I tried Articulate and then Captivate – and Captivate won hands down for interactivity (snag it and articulate record activity – you can’t actually do anything). Brilliant piece of software and relatively easy to get up and running.


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