screensteps

Revisiting where I left off in ScreenSteps Part 1, I had an interest to try the export to blog feature, for obvious reasons. When you chose to export to a blog, the content you create in ScreenSteps is uploaded to ScreenStepsLive, a hosting service specifically created for ScreenStep applications. Once the application content is uploaded, a block of HTML is generated, which you can then copy into a blog.

In order to make all this happen you need to create a ScreenStepsLive account, which ranges from free up to $149 per month, with the variations being number of users who can post lessons, storage space limitations, etc.

To see how the content would look when posting to this blog, I generated a ScreenSteps lesson, created an account on ScreenStepsLive and exported to each of the supported formats. The results are all shown below:


 

 

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As far as ease of use, I will say the copy/paste approach for use within a blog couldn’t be much easier, and I anticipate that the options for noodling with the content layout will continue to evolve with new releases of the software. ScreenSteps is an intriguing application for creating visual step-by-step guides.

Give it a try next time you are called upon from your non-techie friends or family for computer support :)

One aspect of my day job is developer relations for Mojax, an application framework for building mobile applications. Screencasts have been helpful to demonstrate various aspects of the platform and tools.

I currently use iShowU for creating screencasts. This is a great little tool and has pretty much covered all our needs. However, creating screencasts is time consuming, to say the least. In an effort to find something that we can use to crank out step-by-step tutorials in short order, Rodney Aiglstorfer, CTO of Mojax (mFoundry), suggested I give ScreenSteps a look.

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