Screenr.com is a site that allows the user to create screencasts primarily for the purpose of posting on Twitter. The site consists of a browser-based screen recorder application, which can record a pre-defined area of the screen to a Flash file and publish it to a Twitter-friendly, shortened URL. To record a screencast, the user presses the Record button on the site. The user is then presented with a resizable rectangle on their screen, which can be resized and repositioned to the area of the screen that they wish to record. The user presses the Record button, and a countdown timer counts down to the time when recording will begin. The user records their screencast at this time, and then presses the Done button. The site then processes the screencast, which can take quite some time, depending on the length of the screencast. Once processed, the user can post the screencast directly to Twitter, or save it for posting later or elsewhere on the web. Once saved, the user is provided with a short URL for posting on Twitter, as well as the HTML code for embedding the screencast on most any website. There is a 5-minute limit on the length of the screencasts.
Screenr.com was launched in August 2009 by Articulate Global, Inc.
Competition to Screenr.com comes from sites such as Screenjelly.com and Jing.com. Both of these sites offer a similar service to Screenr.com, but are not as tightly integrated with Twitter. The Screenjelly.com site also does not allow you to resize the screen, all recordings are done in full-screen mode. Also, neither site offers the option to view the screenscast in HD, which Screenr.com does.
The Screenr.com site has a very Web 2.0 look and feel. The site is quite responsive, and the screencast recorder is very easy to use. The recorder is just as responsive as a dedicated desktop application. Navigation of the site is intuitive, and page loads happen quickly. Playback of saved screencasts is responsive as well, with no pauses or lapses. There is no advertising displayed on the Screenr.com site.
There is no registration offered to the Screenr.com site – users can log in using their Twitter credentials, which allows for posting of screencasts directly from the Screenr.com site. Users must log in to the site in order to save their screencasts and post them later or embed them on a website. The Twitter registration process asks for full name, username, password and email address. Validation of the email address is required.
The service is free to use. There is no premium membership offered to the Screenr.com site.
Screenr.com is recommended to anyone who wishes to easily create screencasts and share them on the web. The application is very easy to use, and makes sharing on Twitter a seamless process. The site is also good for hosting screencasts to be shared elsewhere, as well as embedding screencasts on the user's website.