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Jing – A Visual Way Freelance Writers Can Share Ideas, Instruction, etc.

Most of us have discovered how to take a ‘snapshot’ of whatever is on our screen. That’s fine as far as it goes – there is, however, a better way. That’s Jing by TechSmith.

jingbx-y coordinate to choose the area on my screen I want to capture. In this case I copied it to an image editor, put a frame around it so it is easier to see,

Which is fine as far as it goes, but Jing also allows you to add things like arrows, words and highlighting to the image you’ve captured from your screen.

The second image gives you some idea of what can be done.jinga


Do you begin to see how this might be useful?

But wait, there’s even more!

You can actually capture up to 5 seconds of video which will capture your moves and your voice.

I don’t have a microphone set up on my desktop at the moment, and it’s sort of pointless to have you watch my cursor for five seconds, but there are definitely times when that could also be useful – at least I think it could be.

One of the best parts about Jing is it’s FREE – if you want more you can upgrade to Snagit for $50 to get more capabilities.

TechSmith creates great software for those who want to add more video to their lives or their posts. For me, Jing keeps me quite happy.

Your turn: how might you use this in your writing? Do you know of another product that does this or even more?


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  • Good to know, Mark, I’ll check it out. Thanks!

  • Hi Anne:

    I just started using a site called Screenr.com to create short screencast videos for use in my prospecting emails. I use it to give a walkthrough of my website and some of the reports I have available. The service is free for videos of up to five minutes, which is perfect for my needs – longer than that and I’m probably losing their attention anyway.


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