Every now and then a tool comes along that changes the way you do your work. Hopefully, it makes your life easier while enhancing your productivity. Jing did this for me! In my life of software testing, where it seems that change on teams and in organizations can be slow, I can honestly say that Jing revolutionized the way I do my day to day job!!! I have been using the FREE version of Jing, a lightweight, extremely easy to use, screen and video capture tool for a few years now. Everywhere I go, I let everyone know the amazing virtues of Jing by TechSmith. You can download it FREE for Windows and the Mac.
In software development we often want to share snippets of information while collaborating on building software. Whether it be a highlighting an issue on an application screen, or showing a screen flow of functionality through a video, Jing makes it easier to capture, annotate and share information. When information is presented in a clear manner the better chance it is this information will be seen, understood and acted upon by the proper teammate. Jing is fantastic for sharing and collaborating with team members. I work as a contractor at various companies and I use it at every job I work at. As a Software Tester, I use it for collaborating with the software development team members, via IM real time. I also document defects via videos, or annotated screenshots of the functionality.
Jing at a Glance:
- Always available with a hotkey you define
- Share screenshots and videos can be instantly accessed over IM with a URL, all you need is a login to screencast.com to share via URL
- Record up to a 5 minute video of your screen actions and records your voice also
- Easily grab a screenshot of a region on the screen, your desktop or a single window
- Quickly and easily annotate screenshots and save to a URL, the clipboard or a file
- Easily annotate your screen shots with text, frames, highlights and arrows
- Track your history of screenshots and videos so you can retrieve them easily by date to refresh your memory, or annotate and reuse
- Copy URL to defect tracking. This process is much quicker than saving a file and later reattaching that same file, downloading the file again to view… you get the picture
- Useful for documenting discoveries found during exploratory testing
The usefulness of Jing goes on and on. Try it and find out the way to use it that suits your needs best, to make your life easier. It will simplify the way you document screenshots and videos you want to share with others, and makes your work go smoother too. You can always upgrade to Jing Pro for it’s additional features at a later date. I find the features of the free version to be just fine for me.