How to Create Job Aids that Skyrocket Your Team’s Performance

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Sometimes they’re digital—an image or PDF file on a computer, a smartphone app, or a short video. If you need employees to record information as they go (for example, if they’re noting temperatures in a server room, or counting products in a warehouse), you can make the job aid fillable, or use an interactive app. Our favorite program is Snagit because not only does it let you take and edit screenshots, you can also add shapes, highlight, and show steps in a process.

What is Screencasting?

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We make Snagit and Camtasia because we know that being able to capture your computer screen at work increases productivity. 5 Ways Screencasting Can Make You More Productive at Work Today. By screencasting, you can also add the extra details that are not typically included in a PDF proposal. For example, Snagit user Chad Ridderson now closes 50% of his cold sales bids simply by adding screencasts to his email proposals. Make a software or product demo.

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Breaking Down Language Barriers with Visual Communication

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Genevieve began using Snagit when BrightBytes CTO and co-founder Hisham Anwar offered it as a visual communication solution to an issue Genevieve faced: the developers helping BrightBytes to create their platform spoke limited English. According to Genevieve, Snagit has revolutionized the way her team interacts with their programmers. “We’re Prior to Snagit, Genevieve was forced to describe design and content issues as best she could over email.

How to Record Skype, Google Hangouts, and Webinars

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Before we dive in, I want to highlight two takeaways: If you have Windows XP, you may not be able to do this without a workaround/hack (more detail in the PDF). The TechSmith products that work best for this task are Snagit 11.1 Now, Learn from Walter on the Forge, a PDF, or a Video Tutorial. A PDF guide. An informal video going through the process of recording a Google Hangout with Snagit.

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How to Create a Training Manual Quickly

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For images not captured with Snagit, open each by going to File > Open or dragging them into the tray in Snagit. Use the drawing and editing tools in Snagit to edit your images so they convey the right message and have unnecessary or sensitive information blurred or removed. In this case, an easy solution is to Combine Images using Snagit. Snagit will take your images and text and lay them out in order in a single piece, your training manual.

3 Myths You Need to Reject to Make More Visual Help Content

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This means that — as communicators — we can’t rely on text alone to help our users and customers understand how to use our products and services. Give me my PDF. Simplified graphics are transforming the way technical communicators, support teams, and other folks who support software and SAAS products create help content. It’s a technique that grew organically from the need to illustrate products, features, and concepts in an attractive, easy-to-understand way.

ScreencastCamper Profiles 2013: Dave Buell

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He was an avid Authorware (Macromedia) developer and has continued on over the years to create many different sources of educational materials including Interactive PDF’s, iBooks, and eBooks. He is the author of Camtasia:Mac and Snagit:Mac Screencast Training (both PDF and iBook versions) and the creator of Screencasthelp.com , a training website devoted to developing learners’ skills for screencasting. I also believe in TechSmith and their products.

How to Capture Screen Images in Under a Minute

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So start using screenshots today, and download a free trial of Snagit now. So now that you know how screenshots can improve communication and productivity, here’s how you can capture screen images — and fast. If you don’t already have Snagit, you can download it for free and try the software for 15 days. Snagit works on both Windows and Mac. The screenshot automatically opens in the Snagit Editor where you can preview, edit, and share the capture.

Everything You Need to Make a Successful User Manual

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If you’ve reached this point, we can only assume that you’ve got a great product to showcase! All great products come with a great user manual to help customers find their way around. What is your product? The two biggest types of products here are physical and digital. For this post, we will focus on the latter, and use Snagit to capture our screenshots. Luckily, Snagit has all the gizmos and gadgets you could ever need for a user manual.

eLearning Video: Quick Start Guide

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Big-budget Hollywood productions? And to celebrate you taking action on trends, I’m giving away $524 of my favorite eLearning video tools, including Camtasia, Zoom, VideoScribe, and SnagIt , which is part of the $12,179 Ultimate eLearning Bundle. Here’s a tutorial on both the script writing and production of an explainer video: How to create an explainer video – Quick-start Guide. Lynda : Has some high production video examples. job aid PDF).

How to Build the Best User Documentation

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Chances are if your products are more complex than a roll of paper towels, you create some kind of user documentation to help people learn how to use them. is any instructional material that goes with your product to help someone learn to properly use it or — in the case of physical products — even put it together. Very little text, but clear and easy-to-follow diagrams and visual instructions on how to complete the product. Every product solves a problem.

How to Effectively Shift to Online Teaching: The Ultimate Guide

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Get a free PDF version so you can read it whenever you want. Download PDF. Some software such as Snagit can extract text from your photo, if you prefer. In their landmark study, “How Video Production Affects Student Engagement: An Empirical Study of MOOC Videos,” Phillip Guo, Juho Kim, and Rob Rubin used data from 6.9 Videos produced with more personal feel could be more engaging than videos with higher production values. Download PDF.

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How to Record Your Desktop with Screencasting

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We make both screen recording and video editing software because we know that being able to capture your computer screen at work increases productivity. 9 Ways Screencasting Can Make you More Productive at Work Today. By screencasting, you can also add the extra details that are not typically included in a PDF proposal. For example, Snagit user Chad Ridderson now closes 50% of his cold sales bids simply by adding screencasts to his email proposals.

Screencast of the Week - Collaboration and Kilts!

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Not only did I enjoy their videos (Scottish accent makes for great voice overs. :-) ) but also colaab seems like it would be a great tool for people that use TechSmith products. That means you could import something like video made with Morae or Camtasia Studio (WMV file) or an image or document made with Snagit (PDF, PNG, JPG, GIF) for easy collaboration with your team.

4 Kinds of Screenshots You Need to Start Using Immediately

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Snagit has built-in Scrolling Capture and Panoramic Capture features that make it simple to get all the content you need in one image, rather than piecing together several screenshots. Even if you don’t have a copy of Snagit, you can get Snagit free for 15 days.). Capture a multi-page PDF. Definition: Turning screen content into a video to teach an application or to promote a product by demonstrating features. Tips & How To's Snagit