Good morning! It’s Linda, here to share a cool new tool with you!! Have you ever wondered how those tutorial writers get the images of their screen into their tutorials? I used to have the old Snipping Tool but that didn’t seem to be very flexible. Someone mentioned a tool called Jing that was fabulous for capturing screen images. I went to try it out and was instantly hooked! It’s so easy to use and I’ve utilized it to write some instruction manuals for my kid’s school. Plus it’s so handy to just copy a portion of a screen image and email it when you’re taking about computer problems (which seems to be very often!!).
You can find a free version of this tool on the Jing website. It’s made by a company called TechSmith. It’s a very simple and easy software tool to use. It does run constantly in your PC background. A small yellow semi circle sits at the top middle of your monitor (you can always turn it off). Once you click on it, you get 3 buttons – Capture, History and More.
Here’s a screen image I cut from the Jing website. You can also write some text on your screen image. Here I wrote “Cute Frog!!”.
There’s a free version for both Windows and Mac. TechSmith makes other fee-based screen capture tools which probably offer lots more customization if you want to become a serious tutorial writer, but for a free tool, it’s a pretty good one!