Wednesday May 17, 2006

I Don't Like Captivate Either

Finally got my version of Macromedia Captivate going on the Docs Lab machine. Captivate is another program for making Flash demos, and it's the one that others in our docs group use. I really like some things about it and it would be absolutely the greatest program ever if only it didn't put that annoying pause at the beginning of each slide! It makes each mouse motion so painfully slow. I can't for the life of me figure out how to set the default pause at the beginning of each slide. It's at something random like 1.2 seconds. And I just don't have the time to go and edit each slide manually. So I'm giving up on it as well.

Tuesday May 16, 2006

I Don't Like Camtasia

I just had my first experience with , and guess what? It stinks. I thought I'd use a better tool than Wink, since we've got this snazzy docs lab machine set up that has all the tools installed on it. But something's wacked with the installation of Captivate on the machine, so I figured I'd give Roman's favorite tool a whirl.

Well, it just doesn't work for me. It basically just takes one big screen capture, which means the mouse motions are erratic, and it's hard to edit after. I couldn't figure out how to pause the playback, so in trying to do audio (the only reason I didn't do this in Wink) I was constantly rushing what I was saying to keep up with what was happening on the screen. I couldn't even for the life of me figure out how to enter an intro or outro slide to introduce the thing, so I just ended up tossing it (and half a day's work) out.

So I guess it's back to Wink for me. I hear Wink 2 does audio now, I'm downloading it now. Anybody have any good/bad experiences with it?

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