TechUniversity: Advanced Image Editing with Keynote

Many users have Keynote, part of Apple’s iWork suite, but don’t have (or even need) an image editing application like Photoshop. Thankfully, Keynote has image editing capabilities built in as part of the application!

Camtasia for Mac: A Full-featured Screencasting Solution

Techsmith recently released new versions of Camtasia, its more fully-featured screencast recording and editing suite. I was fortunate enough to be offered the chance to try out Camtasia for Mac 1.1, so I’ve been putting it through its paces over the past couple of days.

WWD Screencast: Picmeleo

While there are plenty of online image editors available, what makes Picmeleo stand out from the crowd is that it’s embeddable. It’s simple to set up, and offers your visitors an easy-to-use image editor. I made a screencast to show you how it works:

WWD Screencast: Firefox 3.6 Tab Previews

With the new beta of Firefox 3.6, new tab previewing functionality has been made available in Firefox — you can preview tabs using the “List all tabs” button, and you can see a preview when using Ctrl-Tab to switch between tabs.
These two new features are not enabled by default, so you’ll need to go to the about:config page and toggle “browser.allTabs.previews” and “browser.ctrlTab.previews” to “true” (either right-click on the entry and hit “Toggle”, or just double-click the entry).
I made a quick screencast showing how to enable tab previews and how it works:

(Via gHacks)

Camtasia vs. ScreenFlow: Creating Your First Screencast


If you have need to visually demonstrate your product, and you have the resources, then it just makes sense to produce a screencast. With the release of ScreenFlow 2.0, I thought it’d be useful to perform a real-world comparison review of the screencast heavyweight champ versus the relative newcomer (at least to the Mac), Camtasia.

Getting Started

I started this comparison by creating the same video in both Camtasia and ScreenFlow. Both applications are very straightforward to setup and get going in creating the screencast. Camtasia gets a little bit of an edge for configuration because, unlike ScreenFlow, you do not have to install a separate audio driver.

However, once you get started recording, both applications provide you with a simple countdown prior to recording. As a primer, try to write your script prior to recording. This way, you will have a consistent experience for your customer once you complete production.

Please note, I did not try to record a screencast across multiple displays or using an external microphone. I used what most of us have — a MacBook (or a desktop) and the built-in microphone. Read More about Camtasia vs. ScreenFlow: Creating Your First Screencast

WWD Screencast: Toobla

Toobla is a new social bookmarking service that lets you collect groups of sites together into neat visual folders that you can then easily share with others via a shortened URL or embeddable widget. While it seems to be largely aimed at the consumer market, for web workers, I think it could be useful for sharing collections of inspirational sites during a design project, for example, or resources during a research project. I recorded a screencast showing how it works:

Let us know your thoughts on Toobla in the comments. Do you think it offers advantages over, say, Delicious?

WWD Screencast: KwiClick Enables Fast, Unobtrusive Searching

Firefox add-on KwiClick lets you perform searches in a small additional browser window, making searches faster and less obtrusive, as you don’t have to open a new tab or window, or leave the page that you’re on. KwiClick can search using Google (s goog), YouTube, Twitter, Wikipedia and more. To demonstrate how it works, I recorded a quick screencast showing it in action:
WWD Screencast: KwiClick from WebWorkerDaily on Vimeo.
KwiClick is free, works with Firefox 3+ and can be downloaded from the Mozilla Add-ons site.
Let us know what you think of KwiClick in the comments.

WWD Screencast: Cluster Tabs Firefox Add-on

I often end up with way too many tabs open at once, particularly when I’m researching a particular topic. To cut down on tab overload, I’m experimenting with a nifty Firefox add-on called Cluster Tabs. In conjunction with a web service, it lets you group tabs together into “clusters.” Once you’ve clustered your tabs, you can then share them with others through Twitter, email, IM, Facebook, etc., via a unique public URL. I recorded a quick screencast to show how it works:

WWD Screencast: Cluster Tabs from WebWorkerDaily on Vimeo.
Cluster Tabs is easy to use, free (the cluster pages have some advertising), doesn’t require registration, and works with Firefox 3+.
Have you tried Cluster Tabs? Did it help you cut down on tab clutter?