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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, sign-up for Data Science tutorials in London. Historically Ian ran Mor Consulting. He also 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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