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May 1st, 2007

Ars Technica Predicts Microsoft’s Silverlight Will Kill Flash

March 24th, 2007

iScreensaver Designer: A Tool for Making Cross-Platform Screensavers

March 22nd, 2007

OpenLaszlo Goes 4.0 and DHTML/Ajax, Too!

October 31st, 2006

Adobe Chooses WebKit for Its Apollo Project

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October 4th, 2006

Seriously Twisted ZDNet Writer Wants Ajax To Stay Out of Flash’s Way

August 28th, 2006

Gucci Ditches Flash, Goes!

July 26th, 2006

Getting Ready for Screencasting: A Review of Video Screen Capture Software for Mac OS X

Video Screen Capture Software for Mac OS XI’ve been hooked on the idea of screencasting ever since Jon Udell started pushing it a couple of years ago.  He pointed out some very effective screencasts that others had made and posted several excellent screencasts himself, interspersed with articles on best practices, tools, and tips.  As Udell pointed out in “Movies of Software,” Apple has done a less-than-stellar job at making screencasting on the Mac as super-simple as other creative and educational tasks are.  He was also dismayed–well, at least, I was dismayed–to report that he was doing his screencasting on a Windows machine mainly because Microsoft had provided superior, free tools for doing so.  *Groan*  Let’s see… that was a year and a half ago!  I thought surely someone from Apple would have read his blog post and rushed an update to QuickTime Pro to make amends.  Not that it’s completely equivalent, because QuickTime Pro isn’t free, but at least Mac OS X users wouldn’t have to go hunting and pecking for a tool to do a basic job like screen-capturing.  The problem is, you see, that the world has moved on from Grab, and when I think “screen-capture” today, I don’t just think still pictures.  Heck, no.  I want to capture motion… I want to capture sound.  I want to capture software.

The sound part is easy, thanks to the truly superior tools Apple provides in iLife… in this case, GarageBand.  But the video… Like I said, *Groan*!  On a Mac, you can capture yourself making funny faces in both stills and videos… You can create little video miracles of your family at play… You can turn yourself into a budding American Idol with GarageBand and iMovie.  But you can’t do a simple thing like capturing the beautiful animations and user-interface delights that Mac users enjoy while working with their software.  In other words, you can’t capture videos of Mac OS X in action.

So, one of the categories of software I’ve been keeping an eye on–and cataloguing possible purchases in–has been video screen capture products.  I don’t think I’d ever have the time–or talent–to prepare true screencasts in the Jon Udell mold, but I have found myself wanting to capture small videos of Mac OS X software in action on many occasions.  In fact, little videos have been creeping into my software reviews and other blog posts for the last 6 months or so.

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July 23rd, 2006

Ajax- and Flash-Powered Javascript Sound Kit

July 10th, 2006

OSFlash: Portal for Open Source Flash Projects

July 10th, 2006

Flash TextArea: Cross-Browser WYSIWYG Editor for HTML Pages

July 10th, 2006

FlashAid Brings Flash’s ScreenReader “Sniffer” to JavaScript

July 8th, 2006

Screen Mimic: Screen Recording in Flash or QuickTime

June 24th, 2006

Fjax Arrives: Marrying Ajax, JavaScript, and Flash

May 2nd, 2006

Pandora:  Social Music Bookmark System Evolving Nicely

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April 27th, 2006

haXe: A New Open-Source Programming Language for the Web

March 25th, 2006

YouTube - Microsoft History (Hysterical!)

March 18th, 2006

Yahoo!’s new twist on mapping APIs

March 16th, 2006

OpenLaszlo Shows Off New DHTML Chops

Posted in:AjaxTags: , , , |
December 9th, 2005

Screenography: Capture Screen Movies to QuickTime or Flash

December 7th, 2005

OpenLaszlo 3.0 for Flashy Ajax

Just Say No To Flash