With Adobe’s plans to retire Flash at the end of 2020, Jing’s current video format .swf will no longer be supported by web browsers.
As a result, we have evaluated the future of Jing and have decided to build a new modernized replacement tool.
We remain committed to offering a free solution because we are passionate about making it easy for anyone to teach, train, and explain concepts visually with images and video.
To achieve this, we have decided to build a new recorder rather than update Jing. Building a new tool will allow us to update the code structure of our free recording tool and offer modernized enhancements including a new approach to the UI that better mirrors the recording functionality of our other flagship screen capture products, Snagit and Camtasia.
Our goal is to roll out this new recorder in phases, with updated video functionality being prioritized and available first in order to provide users with an improved screen recording experience well in advance of the Flash retirement.
Future phases of this new recorder will include image capture and annotation functionality.
Jing users will get email updates on progress via the email address they used when setting up their TechSmith account, and we will continue to post additional information here as well throughout the year. So keep checking this forum for progress updates.
I have little need for the drag and drop feature. It’s not saving “Me” time. For those that do, it’s a nice feature.
As to your query..................................
It would be nice to see a solid example of how the missing Quick Access toolbar has increased clicks for anyone. Especially given the fact that we do, in fact, have a toolbar that may be customized in the current release.
The Quick access toolbar was removed starting with SnagIt 13. Virtually everyone that used it..... has had to increase the number of clicks required to perform tasks.
Let’s see, that’s potentially how many millions of customers increasing their click total? This would start after upgrading to SnagIt versions 13-2020? When the toolbar went missing. Could that add up to Billions/Trillions???
There were 200 something commands available through the Quick Access Toolbar. Triggering these actions,tools,effects,etc. Required 1 click on the icon. These actions include access to tools, save, print, send to, effects, etc. and so on. How many additional clicks are required Now???
The number of commands you can add to the toolbar and trigger with one click? Is dependent upon the screens resolution. Using my 2K monitor, There’s room for about 128 icons. I used the ruler tool in Photoshop and did the math. “In case you were wondering” I used about 50 back in the day.
Then, there’s the ability to assign custom keyboard shortcuts to these commands/etc. and so forth.
With SnagIt. Most commands don’t have a keyboard shortcut to begin with. Overall, the ones that do........... “Cannot be customized”.
Enter the Quick Access Toolbar............
Bottom Line......... since removing the Quick Access Toolbar. Collectively, how many of minutes of time has been lost/wasted? How many additional mouse clicks?
I already maximize my screenspace across two monitors and wish for more, it was really a lovely experience to be able to leave that tiny, golden, semi-opaque circle sitting unobtrusively on the top of my screen, so I could spontaneously grab work-in-progress screenshots of whatever software I was working in at the time. My software typically consists of many different windows and buttons, with me keeping my eyes on multiple areas at once (I work in 3D modeling), so having a low-profile, constantly-on-hand capture tool was a real godsend. It helped me through college for the same reason, and saved my bacon with more than one professor that I had these impulsively-taken screen captures to refer back to. Any time I was sure one of my apps was about to crash, I could instantly grab the whole screen right before it vanished.
If I have to have a large box on my screen with bold red, black, and blue, like Snagit, I'm just not going to use the software. I can't evaluate the color balance in a composition, or the textures on a model, with bold primaries staring me in the face, and I need the space where that sizeable box is sitting for other things. It's literally too big to use. I am not trying to be a snob or a PITA, but Snagit became a huge hiccup in my workflow. Maybe it's because of the nature of my work. Thinking about every piece of software in my quick-access bar, they've all gone to pains over the years to make the sleekest, neutral, unobtrusive UIs so as to give us a blank canvas for our art. Using Snagit was like throwing a protesting rooster in the middle of a quiet plaza of roosting pigeons.
My elderly mother, who started out learning tech when I was a baby but doesn't like complicated things anymore, was also able to use Jing because it was so user friendly. Click, drag, capture, done. It allowed me to problem-solve issues with her computer more easily because she could save error messages, and it made it easier for her to save the memes she loves to share with the family.
If you need to move video capture to another tool, then fine, but at least leave us with Jing and image capture. Recording videos, at least for me, is typically a more deliberate process, so I'd be more willing to fuss with the extra windows. But, for on-the-fly screen captures to update my colleagues and take process-shots for my portfolio, absolutely nothing beat Jing. It's just that good.
Streamlined. Low-profile. Click, drag, done. That it would snap to just the window I needed made it even more perfect. I can't even begin to count the times I would snap up a screen in the second it was about to close, so I could capture the sliders, settings, fields, and dials and get back to where I was working with a lot less stress. You could say I used it as second-tier generalized app recovery software, just because it was so responsive and easy to use. Its lossless PNGs were perfect to capture every single detail.
I honestly wish all software was as sleek as Jing is now. It was -- is -- the software by which other software should be judged. It set the bar, and it set it high.
If I have to pay a monthly fee for it, then fine. I have to pay for a zillion different services these days anyway, at least this is one I know I'll use every day. Totally worth it. Can I keep Jing in its current form in perpetuity if I sign up for one of those Screencast pro packages?
Granted they still only do video video for now, so I use Jing for stills and screencastify for videos, but if they add annotations, I might switch to using only their solution.
I would never have thought Jing could one day be replaced by a browser extension though.
@Techsmith, I think it's time to wake up...
But I loved its unobtrusiveness so much that for a few weeks I'm wondering "how hard could it be...". I intend to write a Jing-look-alike app for my personal use (and my friend's) by the time Jing is retired.
Would some of you be interested ?
I've asked TechSmith about an API access to Screencast to be able to upload captures there - https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/screencast-api - waiting for their reply.
Edit: No API, I'll have to host pictures somewhere else.
(Oh, and no fee, no registration, no nothing, just pure unsupported open-source :-))