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Web-Based Screen Recording Tool

Published 03/14/2010 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for? 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.

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What is the history and popularity of the app? was launched in August 2009 by Articulate Global, Inc.

What are the differences to other apps?

Competition to comes from sites such as and Both of these sites offer a similar service to, but are not as tightly integrated with Twitter. The 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 does.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The 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 site.

How does the registration process work?

There is no registration offered to the site – users can log in using their Twitter credentials, which allows for posting of screencasts directly from the 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.

What does it cost to use the application?

The service is free to use. There is no premium membership offered to the site.

Who would you recommend the application to? 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.

  • Easily create screencasts and share them on Twitter
  • Screencasts can also be shared elsewhere or embedded on the user's website
  • The screencast window can be repositioned and resized
  • The screencast application is very easy to use
  • The service is entirely free
  • Screencasts are limited to 5 minutes in length

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