StepShot 2011 Review
|27 Sep 2011
|Introduction: ShotSolutions' StepShot is a
screen capturing tool that allows you to produce quick
documentation for Windows applications. Let's say you want
to perform a review of a software product such as NTWind's
WinSnap screen capture tool. In the old way, you would run
through the program and take multiple individual screen
shots of the programs various features. Then you would open
up Word, or Adobe Acrobat, or some other editor, and begin
to write your review. For each screenshot, you'd use an
image editor to place the appropriate annotations on the
image for your review.
StepShot makes all of this much easier. It allows you to automatically capture screens as you walk through a program, or you can still manually take screen caputres if you prefer. All of the captured images are stored in StepShot, and you can alter each image, re-arrange them, and add text that will appear below the image.
When you are done, you "export" your final document to HTML, PDF or several other formats. I tried the program out, and produced a quick review document for the NTWind product mentioned above, Please keep in mind that I did not take the time to perfect the output - I just wanted a quick look at what StepShot could do!
StepShot can be found at: http://stepshot.net/
|How it Works: In a nutshell, you work in
"record" or manual mode, and run through the process of
using the application. StepShot captures each screen that
you want to document, and displays it in a "history" work
area for further processing.
|Stepshot has three main tab
work areas: File, which performs recording session
management (see image above), History (shown below), which
displays all of your captured screens, and Edit History Item
(further below), which is the built-in editor that allows
you to annotate and modify each screen grab.
|Above is the History Screen.
Along the left column you can see all the screenshots that
have been taken for my WinSnap review. From this page, you
can perform additional manual scans, launch a session
recording, re-order captures, insert a blank screen, and
|The Edit History Item screen
allows you to annotate each screen capture. You can draw
lines, insert boxes and text, and more. At the bottom of the
screen is where you enter the title of each page, and enter
the accompany text that describes the step or screens.
|When you are satisfied with
your work, you go back to the History screen, and export
your final product. Click on the link below to see my
finished review of WinSnap, as performed with StepShot!
NTWind WinSnap Review: winsnap.pdf
|While I don't think I will
replace my use of WinSnap for general purpose screen
capture, I really like StepShot's ease of use, clean
screens, and wide variety of functions. It offers a good set
of screen capture capabilities, and makes it very easy to
compile them all into a single document with added
annotations and text. Recommended!