Need A Magnifying
Donttcha just hate it when you’re trying to follow along with something on a live webinar and feel like you forgot your bifocals?
ZoomIt is windows-based screen zoom and annotation (drawing) tool for technical presentations including how-to demonstrations.
ZoomIt runs unobtrusively in the tray and activates with customizable hotkeys to zoom in on an area of the screen, move around while zoomed, and draw on the zoomed image.
Using the app is real simple. If you leave the default settings alone then it works something like this:
Start the application and click X to have it run in your system tray.
Now, whenever your either recording or running a live webinar and need to zoom in, just click Ctrl+1 (that’s click them at the same time) and the zoom mode will engage.
Then move your mouse around the screen and the zoom will “follow” the mouse. This is useful so you don’t have to keep scrolling in or out.
Need more or less zoom? Use the scroll-wheel on your mouse to zoom in (more) or out (less).
Once you have it zoomed to the region you want, click on the screen once to enter drawing mode and now you can circle, write etc on the screen.
Unfortunately, you can not engage with the screen contents while zoomed in.
Once you’ve finished discussing the region you have zoomed into, simply hit the escape (ESC) key and zoom mode will return to normal mode and the app stays out of your way until you need it again (by clicking Ctrl+1).
And the best part? It’s FREE! (Oh yeah, and it’s released by SysInternals, a quality software company that reviews everything before they offer it, so you can be sure its safe and stable.)
ZoomIt as both a 32-bit and 64-bit app included in the download and both work very well on my Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit PC. It will also run on XP & Vista.
Whether you do live webinars where the audience may have difficulty reading the screen or like to record how-to videos and lack Camtasia for editing (which has a great zoom feature for videos), this handy little tool will help improve the quality of your presentations.
I am always looking for cool tools to improve my webinars (and it would be the same for videos if I was not using camtasia) so this lets me help improve the experience of those attending my trainings
What cool little app do YOU depend on to improve your online experience (or that of your visitors/readers)? What’s your favorite? Are you using webinars and screencasts yet to build your brand and harnessing one of the greatest relationship building tools available? Leave me your thoughts below and thanks in advance for the shares and comments :)
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