Capturing activity on a Mac screen: iShowYou

Posted: March 25th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: research tools | Comments Off on Capturing activity on a Mac screen: iShowYou

I’ve just discovered iShowYou, a satisfyingly easy-to-use tool for capturing activity (including sound) on a Mac screen.  Captures are generated in movie (QuickTime) format.  I can see this tool being extremely useful for projects in which you need to record chat or user activity.

iShowYou would also be valuable for recording visual instructions for colleagues.  Imagine, for example, you wanted to train someone in how to use an online research tool, but couldn’t meet face-to-face.  You could record your own use of the tool, complete with verbal instructions, and send the recording to them.

iShowYou is very inexpensive – only USD $20 for the basic version, and is very user friendly.  I haven’t used it very much yet but so far I like it very much.

Other tools for capturing on-screen activity are FRAPS and Camtasia.  I haven’t used either of these.  If you have, please feel free to share your opinion on them.

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