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Tools for the Trade: Screenr captures instant screencasts

Sioux Falls August 24, 2009 by John T. Meyer

0824_ScreenrHave you ever wanted to be the smooth-talking voice narrating a screencast of the latest web application or social network? Well, now thanks to Screenr you get the chance.

Screenr is a web-based recording application that allows you to record instant screencasts on your computer and then share with your followers on Twitter. The tool works for both Mac and PC and your screencasts can even be viewed on an iPhone.

The best part of Screenr is that once you record your own screencast you have the option to share the screencast with a specific Screenr shortened URL, upload your screencast to YouTube, or embed your new screencast onto your own website.

Screenr was developed by Articulate, a software company that creates web tools to support rapid e-learning. Articulate's website describes rapid e-learning, "In today's fast-paced business environment, organizations must be able to empower anyone with expert knowledge to quickly and effectively produce employee training and other critical learning materials."

I've already found multiple uses for Screenr and recommend anyone with a spare moment to give it a test. Whether you're explaining your product or service, or simply teaching your grandmother how to setup her email, Screenr can help.

Here's a little sample of Screenr from yours truly:

Update: Monday, 3:25 p.m.

I later spoke with Articulate CEO, Adam Schwartz, via email and learned a bit more about his company and specifically Screenr.

Screenr just launched last Tuesday, August 18 and will be one week old tomorrow, so if you'd like to be an early user get on it now! The idea for Screenr came from a love of screencasts by the Articulate crew, but a need for an easy way for anyone to make a screencast of their own. I think Articulate succeeded in this.

I also learned that Articulate was founded in 2002 by Schwartz and has since grown into one of the fastest-growing new technology companies in North America. Today over 20,000 companies across 120 countries use Articulate products.

Thanks to Adam for taking the time to answer my questions!

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I'm not sure which I'm more excited about - learning about Screenr or how to auto-tune in Garageband.

Also, we've opened this up for anyone to share a tool of the trade. We're excited about free or very low-cost options to traditional software as well as the newest web applications that are powering your startup. Send your ideas to

Aug 24, 2009 at 05:43 PM

Came here to learn about Screenr, but I left with so much more. Going to auto tune all of my home-video vacation footage now.

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