Tag Archives: Screencasts

Podcast: Organizing Help Content: Breaking Out of Topic-based Hierarchies

The recording is available in a variety of formats: Audio with Slides MP3 Audio Only PowerPoint Show File PowerPoint Original File iPod format I recently gave a presentation at the STC Summit in Sacramento titled “Organizing Help Content: Breaking Out of Topic-based Hierarchies.” I would have recorded my presentation, but recording is not allowed. I Continue Reading »

Why I’m So Visible

The other week I was in Atlanta preparing for a keynote address at Currents when my host, Chris Snider, asked me what question I’m most afraid people will ask. Although I didn’t say it at the time, the question I fear most is this: “Exactly how long have you been a technical writer?” About five Continue Reading »

The Perfect Voice — Professional or Authentic?

One trend I think we’ll see more and more is the decrease of professional voiceover actors in screencasts when those voiceover actors are merely reading a script they don’t understand. As an example, watch some of the tutorials at lynda.com. The narrators may not be professional voiceover actors, but they are subject matter experts. You can tell Continue Reading »

Searching STC Resources for Information

One of the advantages of belonging to the Society for Technical Communication (STC) is having access to the rich information sources on technical communication. These sources include Intercom, the Technical Communication Journal, past proceedings from conferences, the Notebook blog, and more. Unfortunately, there isn’t a single search that allows you to comprehensively search all of Continue Reading »

24 Hours of Screencasts with Camtasia Studio

On Tuesday, July 13, TechSmith is create 24 Screencasts About Camtasia in 24 Hours. It must be fun to do screencasts at 3 a.m. If you’re into screencasts (and use Camtasia), these sessions should provide a lot of good information. They’re streaming the screencasts live here and are also recording them to publish later.

Videocast Gallery from the STC Summit in Dallas, #stc10

This post compiles all the videocasts I did at the STC Summit in Dallas. You can also browse the STC Summit in Dallas series. Whitney Hess Ben Minson Paul Pehrson Gentle/Swisher Larry Kunz Saul Carliner 1 Saul Carliner 2 Quesenbery/Jarrett Whitney Quesenbery Rich Maggiani Richard Hamilton Joe Welinske Brenda Huettner Bill Swallow/Char James Tanney Neil Continue Reading »

Old Guard Versus New Guard: Whitney Hess at the STC Summit in Dallas, #stc10

In this videocast, I talk with Whitney Hess at the STC Summit in Dallas about her perspective on old guard versus new guard mentality, or in other words, the traditional offline, change-resistant mentality versus the web-savvy, social-media-saturated mindset more common with the younger generation. Whitney Hess is a user experience design consultant from New York Continue Reading »

SXSW Conference Versus STC Summit: Anne Gentle and Janet Swisher at the STC Summit, #stc10

How does the South by Southwest Interactive conference (SXSW) compare with the STC Summit? Are technical communicators behind the times when it comes to web trends and interactive media? I asked Anne Gentle and Janet Swisher, two Austin locals who have attended SXSW, to compare SXSW with the STC Summit. We recorded this video at Continue Reading »