Sceen Capture Software

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  1. saratoga172

    saratoga172 Golden Member

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    I do a lot of documentation at work and it is by far my least favorite part of what I do. I use Windows 7 and 8. Windows 7 comes with a program called Problem Step Recorder that records screenshots of clicks and allows you to input comments. Windows 8 includes a slightly updated version called Steps Recorder.

    PSR and Steps work but are limited in function. PSR is limited to 100 screenshots and outputs to an MHTML file that has to be edited in Word. The file doesn't come out right if I convert it to a PDF. Steps in Windows 8 simply increases the screenshots to 999.

    Jing has a bit of what I want. I'd like the ability to record video of my screen, even though it may not be used much, it would be useful for some training I'll be making. It'll do screenshots and output them into a file then I can create the document from that.

    I haven't used SnagIt yet. This might be the option I go if the trial pans out.

    I've been using something called ScreenHunt free. It allows me to press a hotkey for screenshots that automatically are saved to a folder. From there I usually use Word to drag images and type to explain what I need. Then convert to PDF.

    I'm open for suggestions based on use. Free is obviously preferred but I don't mind paying $50-100 for something that works well. I won't pay for the software if they don't have a trial.

    Suggestions?
     
  2. EagleKeeper

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    When working at Boeing, SnagIt was the one placed on Desktop by IT

    As an engineer/developer, I use the easiest possible, PrintScreen pasted into MS Paint.

    May not be the most powerful out there, but fast and simple
     
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    saratoga172 Golden Member

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    Thanks.

    I've tried the print screen + Paint option but the things I'm documenting can be anywhere from 10-50 screenshots. I usually break them into sections but it's tough to stop someone in the middle of working on an upgrade to screen cap, comment, paste, resume etc...

    Ideally I'm looking for something I can turn on that will capture my screen while in the process of a software upgrade, fixing an issue, setting something up etc. Similar to PSR but more robust.

    Think I'm going to check out SnagIt thus far. Experiences with it?
     
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    i've used Wink for this purpose, it creates Flash videos of your desktop
     
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    Why don't you like this? It seems ideal for your purposes. You get a quick screenshot, then when you have the the time, you can organize and annotate them.
     
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    HyperSnap is a good one, also FRAPS (despite the gaming marketing). FRAPS also does video if you need it.

    Both of them allow you to set up macros where you hit a key and it just takes screenshots every x seconds until you hit it again. Do your software update or whatever, then go back to the folder full of screenshots and use any image editor to add comments/notations as needed.
     
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    I don't necessarily dislike it. I was just interested in something that might be a bit easier and quicker. I may come back to this as it's worked so far. It's just time consuming to create documentation and so many cases are unique.
     
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    I found this yesterday. I've got it installed but haven't tried it out yet. It looks promising in that I can dump it into a shared folder, Dropbox, or local folder on my system. I'll be using it this weekend for a few documents to see how it works out.

    Thanks.
     
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    Thanks I hadn't heard of HyperSnap. It looks pretty good based on the description and screenshots. I'll have to give it a go after Greenshot.

    I've used Fraps before and had thought about maybe using it for video recording. Hadn't thought about using it for documentation. I'll take a look into its functionality and see if it'll work.

    Thanks for the recommendations everyone!!! Keep them coming and I'll report back which I'm liking and why.

    Side note: I've been using the Steps recorder for Windows 8 the past day. It's very basic but Microsoft added a couple nice things into it vs the Windows 7 version.
    1st: You can now capture up to 999 screenshots vs 100.
    2nd: The review option after you stop a recording is very nice.
    3rd: The comments are still a nice thing to have and not very intrusive/time consuming.

    What I still dislike:
    1st: Always puts files into MHTML. This is not bad per se, but I haven't the best of luck converting these files to PDF which is our preferred method of distribution. It's nice I can open in Word, make/edit comments and be on my way though.
    2nd: The number of screenshots changes back to the default of 25 every time the program is launched. Supposedly there is a registry hack to change the default but I need to track it down. It would be very nice.

    I'm liking Steps now that I've got it working the way I want. I just need a couple more things that SnagIt for example has. I'd like to have the ability to easily input Arrows, highlight sections, so on and so forth.
     
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    Try camstasia studio. It is not really free but you can try it for a month I think. It worked for me as I only had to make a couple of videos.
     
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    I've used this to make some tutorial videos. Works well.
     
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    +1

    For screen recording - !Action: http://mirillis.com/en/products/action.html seeing as FRAPS doesn't work in Windows 8 yet.

    I've used !Action now for a few weeks and have found it to be extremely easy to use, even better than FRAPS at desktop recording. It's possible to record applications like games as well, but I've never tried. It does however cost $30.
     
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