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This is Ian Ozsvald's blog, I'm an entrepreneurial geek, a Data Science/ML/NLP/AI consultant, founder of the Annotate.io social media mining API, author of O'Reilly's High Performance Python book, co-organiser of PyDataLondon, co-founder of the SocialTies App, author of the A.I.Cookbook, author of The Screencasting Handbook, a Pythonista, co-founder of ShowMeDo and FivePoundApps and also a Londoner. Here's a little more about me.

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30 August 2009 - 13:583,000 words written for the Screencasting Handbook

I figured a quick update was in order before I start today’s round of writing. To date I’ve written 3,000 words for The Screencasting Handbook.  I’m very happy to say that the feedback from my 32 active participants is very supportive, we talk about early releases of the book in our Google Group.

I’m still in the prototyping phase, the chapter outlines were settled a month back (thanks to some great Group feedback) and 2 weeks back I received another round of great feedback after I released the first 3,000 words.

To date I’ve covered a background on ‘why screencasts work’ and ‘how screencasts are used’ (e.g. demos, training, academic tuition, recording meetings).  Today I’ll be sketching a guide to ‘screencasting in 30 minutes’ using Jing and expanding the ‘microphone examples’ section.

Later in September I aim to release the first commercial version of the book, the target price will be $39USD (£25GBP) and the early versions will be discounted (given that the first release will only be 1/3 complete!).  Get onto the mailing list to be notified about the discounted first release.  All purchasers will of course receive all the updates through to the finished pdf publication.

Alan Pope (famously of the Ubuntu Screencasting project) and Gasto (esteemed author inside ShowMeDo) have both written great short posts about the Handbook’s progress.

Along the way I’ve also setup a page listing all the screencast software I know of along with a set of 24 screencasting tips.

Tools used to date include WordPress, Google Docs, AWeber and SurveyMonkey.


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight and Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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12 August 2009 - 23:3019th £5 App Write-up

Last night’s £5 App went very well, below are the videos for Tony the electronics inventor, Seb the guaranteed-to-lose-money website creator for IWillPayYourParkingTicket and Rosie the flash-mob-tester via SoftwareTestingClub.

£5 App #19 Tony Ellis as Electronics Inventor from IanProCastsCoUk on Vimeo.

£5 App #19 Seb and Jamie with I Will Pay Your Parking Ticket from IanProCastsCoUk on Vimeo.

£5 App #19 Rosie on FlashMobTesting from Ian Ozsvald on Vimeo.


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight and Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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10 August 2009 - 18:32£5 App Tuesday Night 8pm @ Skiff

Tomorrow night’s £5 App is all set.

The 19th £5 App will feature a new fab speaker talking about his career as inventor, followed by Seb and Raul.  This will be our last £5 App for probably 2 months (due to conferences and John’s wedding), we’ll probably return in November.

Hope to see you there!


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight and Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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4 August 2009 - 21:57MockupScreens and ECMerge Screencast Tours

I’m rather chuffed with our two most recent ProCasts screencam productions.

For Igor of MockupScreens.com we’ve produced our first dual-narration screencast, this one shows you a typical use of his rapid UI mock-up tool.  Richard takes on the voice of the client, I take the voice of the contractor who is making the mock-up:

For Armel of Ellié Computing we produced a short demo to walk-through the main features of his programmer’s diff tool ECMerge:

If you want to learn about improving your screencast skills, you should check-out our Screencast Handbook.


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight and Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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4 August 2009 - 11:01£5 App August 11th, last for a few months!

The 19th £5 App will feature a new fab speaker talking about his career as inventor, followed by Seb and Raul.  This will be our last £5 App for probably 2 months (due to conferences and John’s wedding), we’ll probably return in November.

The next event is Toy Maker – from Employee to Inventor, it’ll run on Tuesday 11th August at The Skiff, from 8pm until late. Please sign-up on Upcoming so we know how much beer to buy and cake to bake.

I’ll copy the blurb from the site:

Tony Ellis will be speaking about moving from being an employee to an inventor, successfully licensing 45 electronic inventions. Tony spoke at an earlier RobotBrighton on his robots and toys, now he’ll give the story about how he jumped from a career in electronics to running his own company, figuring everything out on his journey to licensing 45 toys and games to large distributors like Mattel and Radica.

Next Seb – Flash Guru and previous 5K App winner – will be talking about a new project called IWillPayYourParkingTicket he is working on with Jamie Matthews.

Finally Raul will give a talk titled “Language and design: we write too much, we design too predictably”.


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight and Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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