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Developing a Training CD

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I want to develop a training CD for a solution. Lotus Screen Cam is supposed to capture the screen image with the mouse clicks and button pushes to a file, along with narration. You then can string up to 20 of these training session together, burn them to a CD and distribute them with the Screen Cam Player for no charge. Sounds good?

The product seems to be pretty much unsupported, and was designed for Windows 95 (yup, you read it right). I get the infamous blue screen evrytime I try to run it on Win 98 SE. Does anybody know of another product that has similar funtionality?

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It's probably not exactly the solution you are looking for, but I've used MS PowerPoint to compile screenshots into PowerPoint and you can add narration to your slideshow. But they have to have PowerPoint or PowerPoint Viewer to view them.

Ken

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I'm already using Powerpoint and its viewer, but it doesn't even come close (PP is very static). If you are interested in a really great demo of what I'm trying to replicate, go to www.indigorose.com and look for their new click-n-learn CD. They make the Setup Factory installer which I use. They have a downloadable demo with some selected chapters. I conacted the guys who did the CD , but they wanted a fortune. They recommended Screen Cam, which they had used in the past. Now I think they use Macromedia.

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Ah, I see. You want a menu-driven approach that can give you animation. You could certainly do that with Macromedia Flash or possibly C+ builder. I hope you have skills to pay the bills, those are some pretty hefty programs. Yes, PP is nothing like that.

Ken

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You might try Camtasia. Works quite well, though we had some trouble getting the sound volumes right (probably our hardware)

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If you want to create a training CD that people will want to purchase, don't use a cheap program to put it together -- use Macromedia Director, or Flash.

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That's what this Click-n-Learn uses. Do you have any appreciation for its learning curve? Which of the two would you recommend?

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Hey Steve

check out www.w3schools.com . I learned most of what I know about HTML and XML at this site, so I think its pretty useful.They have free tutorials and you can download a 30 day trial at the macromedia website. I've used it to create some real simple animations.

Ken

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