Jing. A magical, free tool that after installation, appears like a small sun at the top of my screen. I am still in awe, even now nearly two months after installing it.
Jing is another genius product by the Tech Smith Corporation that has brought you useful tools like Snagit and Camtasia. Oh, and did I mention, Jing is completely free. Yes, you heard that, free! Jing is a very quick install but it has long lasting uses. Built in is an amazing capture tool. Once you activate the capture tool, you window around the item on your screen that you would like to capture. Then, Jing gives you the option of capturing a still image or a video. Now, I am a user of Screenr and have used it exclusively for a while now, but Jing has made a new friend in me. Like the free version of Screenr, you are limited to a five minute video. The difference with Screenr is that you can view the videos created at Screenr or embed them into your webpages. Jing will allow you to save the video to your computer as an .swf file. This is created in an Adobe Flash file format. The .swf stands for Shockwave, which was originally a company that Adobe purchased and took over. This file will successfully open in media players like Real Player and Quicktime. You will not be able to place these videos into a PowerPoint or upload to YouTube without converting the files. So, buyer beware, or shall I say, free downloader, beware. As for the screen capture tool for a still image, Jing is awesome. Once you select the image, you have a bunch of choices. You can place the image on your clipboard to use in another program. You can also save the file as a .png which works in most programs. You can also edit the screen capture right inside of Jing. It is a pretty handy tool.
So, I am happy. My fingertips are elated to be typing on this Mac keyboard and the rest of me is excited to be working on my PC. All this happiness thanks to Jing.
Have a great week and keep fighting the good fight of technology. God bless you in this endeavor!