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Jing Project: Simple "MindShare"

It’s not common for me to find a tool that’s really useful these days. Especially with the advent of spyware, software has just become too cumbersome for something free to spark my interest. Sure, I’ve used many a screen capture utility but nothing has really stuck out. Co-workers always ask for explanations on how to do things and it can be nice to write up a handy document for repeatable tasks but it’s never really as easy as it should be; until now.

 

So, What is it?

The application I spoke about was Jing. This application is a spin-off free product of Camtasia (TechSmith) and allows you to capture screenshots and allows you to easily upload them to a specified FTP server for sharing. I really enjoy this concept because it closes the gap between screen capture and presentation. Previously I would have to capture what I was thinking and then open the FTP program, then upload it, then copy and paste the URL… then send it to the person in need. With Jing I just capture, and press one button. The Image/Video (yes, VIDEO) is now on my clipboard and ready for presentation.

 

imageWhat Can It Do?

Jing can capture images and video (up to 5 minutes) and automagically FTP them to your server. Other transport mechanisms are available like Screencast.com, Flickr and simple saving to a file on local storage. The interface is very straight forward and easy to use. On the right you can see how the FTP configuration page looks.

 

Check out Jing today and see how easy sharing your mind can be!

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