Friday, June 13, 2008


Jing is a very simple screen capture for still images and on-screen action. It’s from TechSmith, the makers of Snagit and Camtasia. The difference (besides being very simple and non-customizable) is that it connects you to for hosting your captures and they will host Flash. For me, the easy hosting is the big deal – not a lot of steps between capture and saving on You can also save to a file or copy to the clipboard. I’m finding it a lot easier to use on Vista than Snagit, which has some issues with my accessibility settings.

When opened, it sits at the top of your screen (the yellow “half-sun”) ready to take a screenshot any time. (this was actually done with MS Snipping tool – it won’t capture itself)

OOpps no picture, all heckins breaking loose in thecomputer...

For library purposes, it’s a quick and easy way to save and store screen images or video that can be included in Library Guides or sent to a student in an e-mail. It may be an option for students authoring course assignments.

I’m sure it won’t be free forever – TechSmith is trying it out to see what customers want and how it fits in their business model.

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