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Jul

02

Join the FindApp Community!

 General

FindApp plans to be the best source of downloadable Windows software.  I'm proud to announce the launch of FindApp Personal Accounts.  We designed the Personal Accounts to make FindApp easier for you to use, and to solve some of the most common problems people have with downloaded software.

I use a lot of software, and I love it.  One thing I like is that programs tend have new releases pretty often.  Of course, when you have to update each of your programs manually, it's easy to forget to check for updates.  Your FindApp Personal Account ends this problem.  If you add a program to your FindApp Watch List, we will notify you by email whenever it gets updated.  Your Watch List keeps you up-to-date, it's just one click to download the new version.

I don't have a perfect memory, so I have often had this thought:  "I'd really like to use that software I downloaded last month.  What was it called again?"  It's not a problem any more, because a FindApp Personal Account includes a My Downloads page.  With a complete record of all the software I have downloaded, I will always be able to find the one I liked. 

We've made it even easier to post a review.  Just visit your My Downloads page.  Every program you download will be listed there. Click the Post a Review link and you're ready to rate and review.  By rating the software, you will be helping everyone else who uses FindApp. You'll also be helping the software publishers. Good reviews reward the developers of good software. Even a bad review helps the developers, by telling them where they need to improve.

Personal Accounts work on any PC, so you can log on from your home, your office, or your neighbor's house to find the software you need.  There is no cost, and we will not share or sell your email address.  Please go ahead and create a FindApp Personal Account, then rate and review the programs you download.

Jun

02

Create Animated Demos with TurboDemo

 Business | Graphic Design

Everyone knows that a picture is worth 1000 words.  When you're trying to explain something, a moving picture can be worth 1000 stills.  Animated demos and marketing pieces can explain and persuade. They hold the audience's attention better and are more compelling than just using words and written text for many purposes.

There are several programs that create animated demos, including Flash Demo Builder and Viewlet Builder.  I'm going to review TurboDemo, one of the most popular.

For this review, I tested TurboDemo by creating a short tutorial on using FindApp.  To begin, I recorded myself using the Find feature to locate software on FindApp.

After recording, TurboDemo looked like Figure 1:

TurboDemo Interface

Figure 1: The TurboDemo User Interface 

Notice that TurboDemo calls each captured screen a "Slide". Each slide can have its own graphics, text, and audio added. If you have used Microsoft PowerPoint, you should find the interface for editing slides familiar.

Once you're done recording it's time to turn the simple screen capture into a demo or tutorial.  It's surprisingly easy.

 

 

 
First, I added text to several slides.  I also added a callout, also known as a word balloon, to one slide.  I used rectangles and arrows to emphasize important parts of some screens.  Finaly, I added a "Start" button to the beginning of the tutorial so it wouldn't begin before the viewer was ready. I chose not to use audio for this demonstration. 

After you've completed all the text/audio annotations, it's time to adjust the timing.  You can control how long each slide stays on the screen using the Player controls.

 

Figure 2: TurboDemo Player Controls

The number shown is the duration for the current slide.  Allow enough time for viewers to read the text and/or listen to the audio.

A major strength of TurboDemo is how many ways you can save your demo.  You can create Flash or Java for web pages.  You can also make a self-running Windows program (EXE), PDF and Word documents or an AVI movie.  I created an executable file, which you can download below.

FindOnFindApp.exe (4.15 mb)

TurboDemo is surprisingly easy to use, and has enough depth that experienced users will continue to get better and learn new tricks. You can create buttons, interactive test questions with automated responses to both correct and incorrect answers, and much more.  It does have a few quirks and frustrations, mostly a somewhat out of date user interface.

TurboDemo is a very good choice for a professional who will be creating enough demos and animations to justify the price.  You can find both TurboDemo and other demo builders in the Presentation category of FindApp.

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