Friday, January 30, 2009

DemoMate Tip: Screen Resolutions for Demo Capture

We were recently asked what monitor resolution would be best to capture a DemoMate demo in, and wanted to share our thoughts with the entire DemoMate community. In our experience, it’s best to capture and record a demo at a fairly low resolution, such as 1024x768, or the widescreen equivalent, which is 1280x720. Here are some reasons why it’s best to capture at a low resolution: 1. Capturing in the lowest common denominator guarantees that when you share your demo with other people, they’ll be able to present it without any problem on a wide variety of different displays. 2. A lot of people don’t realize how difficult it can be to read text in demos captured at high resolutions. For example, demos captured in 1280x1024 make it difficult to read text on a screen unless you’re just a couple feet away. Thus, capturing at a low resolution makes it easier for people to view your demo content from further away. This is especially important at large trade show events and when presenting in front of clients with a projector.

3. Capturing your demo in a lower resolution also reduces the overall size of your DemoMate demo files, makes it easier to distribute your final demo later.

Monday, January 26, 2009

DemoMate Enhancements - January 2009

Happy New Year to the entire DemoMate community! To kick things off right, we've got a great new release that introduces a much-requested new feature - the ability to print a presenter script of your demo.
Printable Presenter Scripts
This new release (Build 580) allows you to print out a three column presenter script of your software demos, containing all the screen shots, click instructions, and presenter script text. This is a great way to review your entire demo at once, or for use as a quick-reference guide while you are practicing your demo. This can also be a time-saving tool for quickly using DemoMate to capture and output training materials for use in hands-on labs environments.
Here's an example of what a presenter script looks like when printed from DemoMate:
New Shortcut Keys for Rapid Demo Navigation
We've also added new shortcut keys in present / preview mode that allow you to rapidly advance through sections in your demo. SHIFT + RIGHT ARROW will advance to the next section, and SHIFT + LEFT ARROW will return to the start of the previous section. These new shortcuts make it possible to quickly navigate through your demo without having to enter training mode.