Snagit review

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Have you ever wanted to capture video of your desktop screen ? Well, TechSmith offers a simple software called Snagit (http://www.techsmith.com/snagit.html) that can do just that.

As you know, my company is in the business of providing 3rd party IT support services to clients. Among the numerous things we offer, we also do computer training for our clients. Often, this involves the Microsoft Office suite of software. In most cases I will go on-site to a client’s location, they’ll setup a projector and screen in their boardroom, and they will gather ‘x’ amount of staff to attend and learn through a live demonstration. This model seems to work well for most organizations.

I’ve actually been teaching for a number of years now. Way back in my telco days, as part of my job I used to hold learning sessions for governments and big business customers when they all switched to smartphones (we didn’t get cellular data services (and that was just 1xRTT CDMA) until 2006). More recently, I’ve been teaching technology courses at our territorial College (the equivalent of your state Colleges in America).

When teaching using a live demonstration method, people can follow along and see exactly what you’re doing. This is great, because trying to explain menus and clicking on this or that without being able to show it is very difficult. That said, when things get more complex and there are multiple menus and tabs to click, a lot of people won’t be able to retain that information and draw on it from memory when they go back to their desk to actually do it themselves. To rectify this, I record the ‘computer screen’ while I’m teaching. This way, a copy is available after the fact, and users can reference it if they forget a step or need re-clarification.

Snagit is a great tool for this. For me, in these scenarios, I don’t need a complex software with all kinds of editing tools and special effects and other features. All I need is screen capture in a video format that also captures audio, and the ability to crop sections of video if I need to trim the file size down or only grab one section of a lesson. Snagit provides those features, and all for a small sum of $49.95.

Remember, sometimes you don’t need some huge expensive software to do what you need. In the case of screen capturing, Snagit does an awesome job at an extremely reasonable price.

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Martin Lehner

Martin Lehner is an technology professional working for an IT services firm in Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada). He has been working in the technology field for over a decade. With a degree in Business Admin and numerous industry certifications, Martin leads a team of IT professionals that provide third party support for clients. Originally starting a company to offer web development services, Martin quickly realized that clients wanted the entire spectrum of technology services. When Martin is not at work (which is not often, since his company offers 24/7 support), he is busy at home spending time with his family.

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  1. Freddy July 3, 2014 at 11:32 am

    “Awesome screenshot” is a free app that attaches to your browser, easy to use and you can annotate easily.

  2. Martin Lehner July 3, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Thanks Freddy, I’ll be checking that out! It looks like it only screenshots what’s in the browser window though? None the less, I’ll be giving it a try!

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