Protagonize screencast up on InsideRIA.com

Just a quick note to mention that both a podcast and screencast that I did with Nitobi CEO Andre Charland is up on O’Reilly and Adobe’s new rich internet application development blog, InsideRIA.com. Andre is on the road in Europe for an Adobe speaking engagement tour right now, but he was kind enough to post it up during his off-hours.

In the screencast, I walk Andre through the site, covering most of the basics of reading and writing on Protagonize. I also get into a lot of features that you may not know about if you haven’t signed up for an account yet, so I’ll embed it here so that you can watch it directly. The video was made pretty casually, as you can probably tell by listening to the audio. :)

The audio-only podcast covers more of the background and details of the guts of the site, from the motivation behind its creation to the technical aspects of its development. It’s probably a bit more technical, but the first half is informative if you just want to find out more about the site in general.I hope you guys find both pieces informative, as they both provide some useful tidbits about the site that you may not know about.

Thanks again to Andre for putting this up amidst his hectic travel schedule!

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7 Responses to Protagonize screencast up on InsideRIA.com

  1. Gaelythe says:

    So that’s what our fearless leader sounds like. ;)

  2. nick says:

    Hah, to be honest, my voice was pretty bad on that recording. I’m not usually that hard to hear, I think it was the 3 or 4 beers we had had before recording the screencast…

  3. Gaelythe says:

    So 3 or 4 beers acts as a mute button? I’ll have to try that on my loudmouth cat that generally howls at three or four in the morning. ;)

  4. nick says:

    Apparently, it does for me. Also, I think we recorded the screencast after doing the 20 minute podcast so my voice was already pretty shot.

    I may have to re-record a screencast just as an introduction to the site for new users. Now that I’ve seen it, I think it could definitely be a valuable visual way of describing how the site works. Just needs to be cleaned up a bit. :)

  5. Gaelythe says:

    Things like that screencast are indeed a great way to show new members how the place works. One of the various hats I’ve worn during my checkered career was technical writer. I produced a series of visual tutorials teaching how to use the main product of a small, home-based startup. The number of orders for the product shot right up after those 5 to 8 minute tutorials went live. It’s a great idea to have one for Protagonize. :)

  6. nick says:

    I shall endeavour to get something up, then. I need a good PC-based tool to make them… maybe Camtasia?

  7. Gaelythe says:

    I haven’t done anything like that in years. The job where I made those video tutorials was in the late 90s. All I can say is that, whatever you do, do NOT use Screencam! The first three months I was on the job, the boss insisted that we use it to make the tutorials, and then would blame the glitches that happened because Screencam was a lousy, bug-ridden piece of software on me. I finally made him try it out for himself, and it did to him what it’d been doing to me. THEN he finally listened to me. The solution he finally settled on, which I thought workable but the least optimal, was a Powerpoint presentation for the web, with a link to the stand-alone Powerpoint reader.

    Since I left that job, I haven’t kept up with what’s available to do video screencapture. Sorry I don’t have a good experience with something, so I could recommend it to you.

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