Jing – Great Screenshot and Video Tool that Makes Explaining Things Easy

Jing Sun Icon

Jing Sun Icon

Via a tweet about something completely different, I discovered that the screenshot tool they used. It’s called Jing and it’s one of the best I’ve found. I could have used it extensively during the time I worked on TravelAgentCentral.com. During that time, I used Fireshot, which is a Firefox extension. It worked okay but had it’s limitations.

Jing not only allows you to take screenshots and annotate them but it allows you to do the same with video screencasts. It gives you options of saving the images or videos to your computer, Screencast.com (their related site), or sites like Flickr. In addition to all this, Jing allows you to quickly share the screencast for screengrab via e-mail or IM. It really does make explaining things a lot easier. Take a look at a video that explains how Jing works.

Jing Video

Jing Video

Another cool Jing feature is that it allows you to set up a hot key to immediately launch it when your on any page that you want a screen capture of. I set alt J as my hot key. Jing has a free and a pro version. The free version allows you to capture both images and videos but the videos are .swf files and cannot be loaded on YouTube. If you pay $14.95 per year for the pro version, you can strip the Jing logo from your videos and upload them directly to YouTube. Both the free version and pro version have a 5 minute time limit on videos. I think this is good because it keeps people concise.

You can try Jing out for free by going to www.jingproject.com

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