Chromebook with Chrome OS -- Tech Smith opportunity

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There are over 3 million business who are using Google Apps with about 30 million users. Google has announced their new Chromebook will be available this summer (perhaps June). Our company, Dito, have been testing their prototype ( http://www.google.com/chromebook/#bus... ). The notebook uses Chrome OS. As of this writing I can not find any compatible software products to perform video screen captures. There are few image captures, but I prefer Tech Smith products. There is an opportunity here for Tech Smith.
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David M. Converse

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Hi Steve! Thanks for the suggestion- but I'm curious. My understanding is that ChromeOS is entirely cloud-based and users cannot install any local applications, is that correct? Can third-party software run at all on the device?
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I'm a teacher that uses Jing, or whatever it's called now. I'm LOVING my chromebook, but the only thing that makes me go back to my jumbotron 17" laptop is the necessity of using Jing (JAVA, grrr)
PLEASE figure out a web based solution to screencast. Yes, everything is going to be web-based. Might as well get started now.
Thanks.
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It appears that Google is hoping that customers and vendors (like Tech Smith) will provide products that will run in the Internet cloud. Here is an example of a company that mimics the SnagIt product:
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/de...

-Steve
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I know for a fact Google is interested in having other developers and companies step in and develop on the platform. And, essentially and thing that can be run in Google Chrome can be used on the Chromebooks (like the example Steve gave). Also, there are native code APIs that can be leveraged for gaming and other process-intensive applications.

I work with a lot of Google customers and know that people are asking for something like Snagit and Camtasia for these platforms. My suggestions would to try a simple hybrid at first (like Jing); which could probably solve 99% of customers problems.
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Walter Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal provided a very pessimistic review of the Chrome OS in this week's Wall Street Journal. I would prefer that Techsmith would concentrate on the major platforms (Windows, Mac, Ios) rather than develop for a platform that may not survive long-term - Google has plenty of failures (Google Wave, Google's Facebook clone ) since they have the cash to experiment.
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Chris Mc.

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Walt has always been a little pessimistic with Google:

http://allthingsd.com/20080902/first-...

He's kind of an Apple fanboy... just sayin'
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Umm, Google+ is far from a failure, and web-based apps are cross-platform
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Richard Campbell, Champion

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Walt Mossberg IMHO has been very objective in respect to his views, and they have a very clearcut code of ethics - they do not keep the "goodies" that they get from tech companies, and they provide clear disclosure in respect to potential conflicts of interest. In contrast shouldn't a Google employee who is touting Google products disclose that he is a Google employee?
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Chris Mc.

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Certainly! I work at Google and I worked for TechSmith before that; that's why I'm so interested in seeing two successful companies work together. No secrets here; I'm openly biased. :-)
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So it's been a year... any plans to have SnagIt working on Chromebook? Even if its on the cloud.
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Doesn't Google see what is happening to the tablet industry? Let us wait until Microsoft's Surface arrives with the new version of Office and see if Chromebook can survive.
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Cloud products and services are on the rise no matter if it's Google, Microsoft, or any other company. Based on this trend, I predict more cloud-based devices will make it to the marketplace. If Tech Smith would like to wait until there is more market share or demand before committing to their products running on the Cloud, it's their choice. However, there is a lot of demand now with no indications of the Cloud trend reversing.
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Is it possible to create a screencast tool that would work on a Google Chromebook? If so, our entire company would deploy/purchase licenses for this exact tool. It is basically the last thing holding me back from adopting Chromebooks full-time. Chrome Extension? Thanks!

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Create Screencasting Chromebook Extension / Tool.
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I've been a heavy user of SnagIt for years, capturing well over 100K+ images. Now as I'm moving away from traditional laptops and into Chromebooks, SnagIt's not there. I can do 80 to 90% of what I need to do with Chrome extensions, but its not the same as using the real thing. Does SnagIt plan anything for cloud based computing? I would love to see a SnagIt extension for the Chrome Store.

I'm sure I'm not the only Snagit user with this issue.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Is There a Future for Snagit in the Chrome Store?.
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@Richard Campbell/Champ.

Your earlier concerns were valid and a reasonable person / Product Manager could agree. However, today, it seems like Chrome OS is here to stay and on the rise. While there aren't any paid Chrome Extensions (that I know of - http://webapps.stackexchange.com/ques...), you can easily provide a free extension and connect it to a paid service. As a customer, you have a huge opportunity here. I and others, are willing to pay for this.
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ChromeOS is here to stay?? The market will decide that - why would anybody buy a device that is so limiting? Google is probably trying to create the same buzz about this product just lilke they did with the Google Wave.

All the buzz I am hearing now is about tablets. As much as I love my Ipad, I primarily use it for media consumption and not not media creation. The market that the Chromebook attracts would probably be people who want to use it to check email or Facebook.

I would prefer - selfishly - that Techsmith concentate on developing and extending the development of their existing products.
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I'm not trying to get in a war here, so I hope my tone was not misunderstood in my previous post.

TechSmith has been a market leader and hopefully they continue to do so. First, I was only hoping to understand the feasibility of building such a product. Second, if it is feasible, I am encouraging them to enter an untapped market where they will be the market leader from day 1.

Google can't hit home runs with every product. Microsoft has had their fair share of flops, as every company. Chromebook is here to stay, just ask the people buying them... everyone! 129 days in a row on best seller for laptops. http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Co...

I didn't think I would like a Chromebook until I used one, have you ever tried one?
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I've been enjoying the thread of conversations since my initial post.

Just wanted to share that I just developed a soon to be released Google Drive app that was developed entirely on the cloud using Chromebooks--100% web. The point is Chromebooks can be used for serious work. There are now 5 million businesses and about 50 million users using Google Apps.
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Great to hear Steve. I think all of the
-Google Apps Resellers (6000+ - http://www.google.com/a/partnersearch...)
-ISV's (https://www.google.com/enterprise/mar...)
...would agree.

Glad to see we're on the same page (http://www.flashpanel.com/partners/)

Eli@bettercloud
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Thousands of schools have purchased Chromebooks as well as the 100s of thousands of consumer Chromebooks purchased. Screencasting is a hotly requested feature and the TechSmith guys are aware of it. When I attended a Google Apps for Education Summit recently, the reps from TechSmith said that it was the most requested feature at the summits, but could not comment on whether or not they were working on it. The fact that you can share your screen and record your screen in Hangouts on Air proves that the ChromeOS is capable of doing this.
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The market will decide - see:

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/computers/p...
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And here is another interesting link.

http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-tec...
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Rob

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Richard--that InfoWorld article was published in Nov 2011, and way outdated. There now is offline google docs access which has really changed the game!

I'm hoping TechSmith does pursue this, as I'm a K-12 school teacher who is seeing a lot of Chromebooks being purchased in schools, especially with the upcoming 2014-2015 online tests coming!
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Richard, that is a very old post that does not account for the record sales as of late. As previously mentioned, Chromebooks have been selling like mad on Amazon and Best Buy. It also does not account for the huge success in schools. My assumption is that you do not own a Chromebook and don't see the point in owning one- to each his own. Nevertheless, I am typing this on my S3, I have my old CR-48 beside me, and my wife has an Acer 700. I also manage a fleet of S5 Chomebooks for all of our 4th and 5th graders and multiple teachers at my school. The market is deciding.
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I would love to see SnagIt functionality extended to ChromeOS. Many K12 schools are now using Google Chromebooks and a SnagIt extension for ChromeOS (not just for the Chrome browser) would be an excellent addition. I have been a TechSmith customer for a long time (SnagIt and Camtasia Studio) and I would be willing to pay for a SnagIt ChromeOS extension.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
SnagIt for ChromeOS.
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We're happy to announce our upcoming release of TechSmith Snagit for Chrome!

Details: http://blogs.techsmith.com/news-events/techsmith-snagit-for-chrome-preannounce/ 

We'll add more information to this thread as it becomes available. 
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This is good news. Thank you and I look forward to learn more.
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Woohoo! Excited to see what you're working on. Chromebooks have been huge in education and this is going to make it so much easier for students to use TechSmith's great tools. 
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