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ScreenStep Maker 2.0 Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — ScreenStep Maker 2.0

ScreenStep Maker is powerful yet simple software for creating live help documentation.
$27 EXPIRED
User rating: 232 (31%) 517 (69%) 28 comments

ScreenStep Maker 2.0 was available as a giveaway on August 4, 2012!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$14.99
free today
Uncover artwork for all of your audio files automatically.

ScreenStep Maker is a useful and easy-to-use software that will help you to create live tutorial videos from a series of screenshots or images. With ScreenStep Maker, you just capture a picture of each step of the process you are trying to demonstrate. ScreenStep Maker automatically creates a document for you with each screenshot in the exact order you took it.

Use ScreenStep Maker built in annotation and text tools to add highlights, arrows, and text to complete your tutorial. Export out to a wide variety of formats including HTML, PDF, Microsoft Word, WordPress, TypePad, Blogger, Joomla, Movable Type, MindTouch, Google Sites and Confluence.

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System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Publisher:

PageFlipPDF Software Co. Ltd.

Homepage:

http://www.pdf-to-flash-converter.com/screenstep-maker/

File Size:

10 MB

Price:

$27

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#28

I did not know there were software to automate the tutorial creation process. This will be put to good use!

Reply   |   Comment by Yang Yang  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#27

Re - #22 youtube / screenshots .
Youtube is good for a quick over view .
Followed by leisurely screenshots

Reply   |   Comment by J.Smith  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#26

I was actually surprised at the good output that I got with the export to pdf - that makes it quite useful. I have been using Step Shot (given away here previously) for small tutorials, but the final output is not as clean.

That said, I'm much happier with the way screen captures are done in Step Shot and that I can edit the captures with an external image editor directly from SnapShot with easy re-import of the modified image - I don't want to have to save every image and then import it via file name. Too much bother.

Reply   |   Comment by AlexSJ  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#25

Thanks GOTD and PageFlip for this offering! I really enjoy coming to this site each day to see what is offered and to read the comments. I like this forum because of all those who give instructions for doing things on Windows, how to make a batch file and so much more information. I wish I had more access to those of you who are knowledgeable, like an open tech forum. Thank you readers for sharing these things!

Reply   |   Comment by Olen  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#24

For all the "free" screen saver programs out there,
why not just press your PrtScn button, then paste
your buffer into your graphics processor?

You can then edit to youre heart's content.

I've never used apple products,
but surely they have a similar function?

John

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#23

for 4.) GIOVANNI... thank you for your comments, Giovanni.. provide us your email for to contact you! Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by zanardi  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#22

Absolutely agree with DoktorThomas, trying to follow instructions on a video (especially the stuff that appears on Youtube) is an exercise in futility. Usually the screen is too small, or too fuzzy to see what's going on and the text is unreadable. The pace is too hurried and most people simply are NOT very good at making videos (despite what all their friends might tell them).
Give me a set of decently explained, clear screeshots, that I can follow at my own pace any time.

Reply   |   Comment by Pete  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#21

Win7 x64
v1.0 or perhaps v1.1?

installs into directory of your choice, 4 MB
registers simply with the given key
looks clean

first off, & something i rarely do initially, i looked at the ScreenStep Maker website
& looked at the Examples, & said that is pretty neat

very basic selection & editing controls

very basic publishing options
export to Word requires Word. IOW if you don't have word (i don't) you cannot export to Word, to a .doc

window, screen selection seems a bit awkward

includes brief Help, but what is given is not sufficient, a lot of unanswered questions

the EXPORT TO FLIPBOOK is a *FAKE*, this program does not do that

so what then is the point

Reply   |   Comment by therube  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#20

An alternative could be the in Windows built-in Problem Steps Recorder

(psr.exe).

It provides the same functionality.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#19

It amazes me why vendors do not provide a video showcasing what the program can do. The screenshots are a poor alternative and to most, they are useless.

Reply   |   Comment by drvajra  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#18

Mmmm .... Tried to make a quick simple tutorial but found the program lacking in many features, difficult or impossible to edit. Wouldn't class this as very user friendly as it is very unresponsive and slow to update screen info. Don't think I keep this, could make better on Power Point with much less effort.

Reply   |   Comment by lenray  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#17

Not impressive for me. I tried converting a few of my 'step-by-step' photo tutorials but in the end my original result accomplishes the same objective but with much less effort.

Pass.



Giovanni is a GOOD person.

Reply   |   Comment by vince brennan  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#16

The Program is OK but seems
like an Alpha version as it is
acking some much need functions like using PNG's, and Pasting a current Printscreen in the clipboard as a step.

Pro's: it exports to Wordpress and other Blogging platforms.

Reply   |   Comment by TechProMag  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#15

Tried to make a simple step by step sample tutorial with this but could not capture items in the start menu... this needs a time delay capture option or some other way of capturing menu items. Hotkeys do not work with menu items.

Reply   |   Comment by James Madison  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#14

DoktorThomas - You are 100% right.
I also prefer a transcript to on line video and not only because video is not printable. There might be MANY OTHER REASONS too (slow internet, bad English, bad pronunciation, shyness etc.etc. !!!).

PS. Unfortunatelly modern TV is worthless and insulting to intelligence in Europe in most cases as well.

Reply   |   Comment by vika6  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#13

I took a quick look at this software and thought the name sounded interesting but you can get the free Clarifyit software that is a much better tool for this purpose -- http://www.clarify-it.com -- I highly recommend it, also allows you to publish these to a clarify-it.com page easily to share (think Jing's screenshot urls or something similar)

I purchased the ScreenSteps program that is a more advanced version of Clarify it, the free version and have never been disappointed. Anyone who got excited about the title of this giveaway should check these two products out.

I use these in my consulting and product development work quite a bit

Reply   |   Comment by Nathan  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#12

Not to threadcrap, but I want to thank Giovanni (#4) for all the work that he does. His listings of freeware offerings not only shows all of us alternatives to payware, but helps give the developers valuable feedback to help drive their product improvement efforts.

THANK YOU GIOVANNI!!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Ben  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+59)
#11

Not worst, but not so good also product.

Reply   |   Comment by Arup Jana  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-39)
#10

Hello to all. As usual, I don't have time to try the program enough to post something substancial; I just felt like saying "thank you" to GOTD team, to PageFlipPDF Software Co. Ltd. and to Giovanni. Giovanni, you rock!

Reply   |   Comment by Watcher1924  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-33)
#9

The tool is good, but is it possible to create videos from the series of screenshots, with the ability to narrate the tutorial.

Reply   |   Comment by PresentationTube  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-18)
#8

You missed one, Giovanni - DebugMode's "Wink" freeware allows you to do much the same as this giveaway: capture screenshots and add text balloons to create tutorials. Wink isn't quite as versatile - it outputs to standard HTML and Flash files - but it's always free for home OR business use. The only restriction is you need the author's permission if you want to distribute it.

http://www.debugmode.com/wink/

Reply   |   Comment by Guiseppe Madre  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#7

Giovanni, I prefer a transcript to on line video every day of the week. One doesn't always have a PC to view where needed and video is not printable... PC video is not as popular as the industry thinks; I never watch any on my PC--all scripts prohibited in my browsers. I save my video for the rare occasion I use my TV... and then it's usually DVDs since modern TV is worthless and insulting to intelligence (at least in the USA). Thanks for alternatives, but I am downloading this to a couple of my 15 computers.

Reply   |   Comment by DoktorThomas  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-16)
#6

wow AMAZING screenshots

Reply   |   Comment by me  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-74)
#5

Thank you for this soft

Reply   |   Comment by Mahmoud Shoukry  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-77)
#4

Today's giveaway is not a bad app but I think that VIDEO Tutorials are nowadays more effective than just screenshots whenever you need to teach something online.

So why not download the FREE & PORTABLE version of the award-winning software CAMSTUDIO??

http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/Multimedia/Video/Windows-Portable-Applications-CamStudio-Portable.shtml

Other FREE great tool for this are also "BB FlashBack Express" and "TipCam":

http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk/BBFlashBack_FreePlayer.aspx
http://www.utipu.com/

Other nice FREE ALTERNATIVES, capable of creating great tutorials from screenshots and videos are the following ones:

http://www.debugmode.com/wink/
http://www.techsmith.com/jing-features.html
http://www.webinaria.com/record.php
http://www.uvnc.com/screenrecorder/
http://goview.com/goldwyn/spring/play?method=indexPage

As usual you can take your pick....

And if you are instead looking for a great screen capture tool, then "PicPick" and/or "Gadwin PrintScreen" are the right tools for you:

http://www.picpick.org/features
http://www.gadwin.com/printscreen/screen_capture.htm

The first one can even capture entire websites or documents that scroll beyond the visible section of the screen.

Portable version can be found on Softpedia website!!

Enjoy!

My 2 cents for today's giveaway!!

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni (Prince of Freebies)  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+188)
#3

It is funny how everyone likes to have a Mac in their icons to ride on the popular Apple wave, but it is not even available as a Mac version. I will pass on that one!

Reply   |   Comment by Mac User  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-93)
#2

Program may do what it says but what it does is of no use to most users. Pass.

Reply   |   Comment by Leo  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-91)
#1

Program does what it says and for those of us who are expert in css well you can create your own layouts for the HTML export ;-)

Only thing I saw missing in this tool is the ability to import on top of the screenshots clip art and additional photo's especialy transparent png's would be a nice touch.

Reply   |   Comment by Shawn  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+68)
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