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Software eval

  1. 1. Screencasting Tools<br />Software Evaluation<br />
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION<br />
  3. 3. Background<br />Category: Screencasting Software<br />Comparing: Adobe Captivate 4 and Epiance Epiplex500<br />Our company is evaluating screencasting software that will be used to perform knowledge capture sessions and document findings in several formats (printable documentation and interactive simulations). We have access to these two potential solutions.<br />
  4. 4. Requirements<br />Can quickly capture session once and then output to multiple formats later<br />Can add/edit audio<br />Can output to .doc and .swf formats<br />Can add comments/tips to steps<br />Can capture any system and block out specified applications (Outlook or IM)<br />Easy to edit to remove/add/change screenshots <br />
  5. 5. FEATURES<br />
  6. 6. Captivate Features<br />Capture <br />Can capture virtually any system, ignoring pop-ups and other applications<br />Can create project templates with set preferences to reduce capture time<br />Post-Capture Editing<br />Editing menu and layout very user-friendly<br />Can add or edit audio easily<br />Can easily edit screen images, text, etc.<br />Can add comments, highlights, rollovers, animations, etc.<br />Supports Flash and video embedding<br />Text to speech feature<br />Outputs (formats)<br />Interactive formats (.swf, .exe. or .avi) <br />Demonstration, Training and Assessment modes<br />Documents (.pdf, .doc.) <br />
  7. 7. Epiplex Features<br />Capture <br />Capture virtually any system<br />Block pop-ups and specific applications from capture<br />Set preferences to reduce capture time<br />Mask private data fields<br />Post-Capture Editing<br />Mask/secure data fields<br />Edit screen images, text, etc.<br />Add “sticky notes” and callouts<br />Outputs (formats)<br />Pack Utility and Document Wizard assist in output<br />Interactive formats (.swf or DHTML) <br />Show, Guide and Test versions<br />Documents (.pdf, .doc., .ppt, .xml, .xls)<br />Context Sensitive Help <br />
  8. 8. COMPARISON<br />
  9. 9. Epiplex Pros vs. Cons<br />
  10. 10. Captivate Pros vs. Cons<br />
  11. 11. Side by Side Comparison<br />
  12. 12. Side by Side Comparison<br />
  13. 13. RECOMMENDATION<br />
  14. 14. Conclusion<br />Both fully meet core requirements<br />Recommendation:<br /> For our needs, Epiplex is the better solution. Because it is cheaper and already in use in many parts of the company, we could easily begin utilizing it. At this point, it provides a simple solution to record “quick and dirty” knowledge capture sessions and output in many formats with little editing. If our requirements grow, we might look at something more robust like Captivate.<br />

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