Tool: Jing


Rating: 212stars


Jing is a free screen capture application that allows you to capture screenshots and create videos. Jing allows you to screenshot the desired area, record a video from your desktop or clipping a running video. It works on Platforms such as Windows, Mac desktop.


Jing can be used very conveniently in education. It can be used to capture what you see, you can initiate a capture by clicking Jing’s happy, always-ready “”sun”” icon…or pressing a hotkey of your choice. You can capture a window, pane, or region. (Tip: click and drag to select a region.) It ca be used to make a point if you need to emphasize or explain you can mark up your screenshot with a basic text box, arrow, highlight, or rectangle. Finally, it can be used to share instantly with Jing you can decide where to send the screenshot and it’s there and ready to share. When you send to a destination like Screencast or Flickr, Jing even places a hyperlink on your clipboard.


Jing is quite easy to access and operate. It works with a sun-shaped icon with three spires. The lower left one lets you capture anything on your screen. The middle one looks at your capture history and the right one pulls up options. Jing’s attractive application takes a sound, simple approach to capturing, it begins by dragging the X and Y axis to define your capture field and then take a still or start a recording. When you’re done, save it to your computer or upload it to the site you want to share with. Making a screen capture, still image or video is always done with the help of a grid. Clicking and dragging X and Y axis will cause the entire desktop to turn grey and only the area captured will still be coloured. The resulting video (of five minutes or less) can be saved in SWF format or stored on Screencast. Sharing the link to the stored version pulls up a new window with a Flash video on it. This video can be watched on this screen, but you can’t embed the video itself anywhere else. Finally Jing compares quite favourably with such software as SnagIt as Jing is free and SnagIt only offers a free trial before demanding payment.

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