Jing – Sharing Made Easy

I’ve found this really cool program, and it is awesome. I think Jing has stumbled upon a great idea. The concept is simple: instead of explaining things, you show things. In a nut shell, I can select any part of my monitor, take a screenshots and make notes on it, or make a video recording, and upload it to the web. I’ve been able to do this before, but Jing makes it 100% streamlined. It works for Windows and OS X.
Here is how it works. After installing Jing, it places a little icon at the top of your screen. You can move this little “sun” anywhere along your monitor (or any monitor if you have more than one.) I keep mine at the top center where it never interferes with anything else.

If you hover over it, you can make a new capture, look at your history, or change your settings.

If you select the crosshairs, it will give you a selector. You simply select the area of your screen you wish to capture. It will ask you if you want to make a video or take a screenshot. Here is an image of what it looks like when you take a screenshot:

You can add highlights, callout boxes, and notes, all super quick and easy. You can then select to upload the screenshot or video, and it will put the link or embed code in your clipboard, ready to paste. You can use their free Screencast.com to upload their files, or you can save it as a file, or upload it to your own FTP site.

Here is a video example I made. I could embed it on my blog, but the dimensions of the video are just huge. I definitely will be using Jing for my day-to-day use.

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