Like many others at Novell, I always prefer to do life demos when I need to deliver a session. A running demo environment allows you to be flexible while doing a presentation and in general the audience finds it more attractive to see the real thing. In some situations however it’s more easy to just show some Flash presentation with a recording.
Today as was preparing myself for a demo I need to deliver next week, and due to the fact that the time I’ve got to run this demo is very limited, I decided to play safe and use a Flash presentations instead of running a real product installation. To create demo’s like this I’m using Wink, it’s a great freeware tool that allows me to capture what happens on the screen (both Windows and Linux) and allows me to edit what I’ve captured. I can add “Next” buttons so it will hold the presentation while I’m running it, it allows me to skip some of the time it takes to perform the install and I can export the demo into a Flash or EXE file (you may guess what I’ll be using to run the demo on my SLED workstation ).
Are you using screen captures for training or demo, and if so what tools are you using to create these? Any tips or tricks?