This is a quick and dirty review of ScreenSteps that is currently on bitsdujour. I don't have time for a full mini-review, as the discount has 2 hours remaining. Discounted price is $19.9 USD. That purchase gets you all 1.x version of the software (currently at 1.2.1). The program is available for both Windows and Mac. One registered license can be used on both Win and Mac by a single user.
Disclaimer - I am not affilliated with the developer of the software or bitsdujour in any way, and I am not receiving any compensation for this review or any sales it generates. I am just a customer who purchased the software during this current discount after running the trial for just a few minutes. There may be bugs or other problems with the software that I have not encountered.
ScreenSteps helps you create visual tutorials and HOW-TOs on your computer very quickly. You use it like a screen capture program as you perform the steps that you want included in the tutorial. After you are finished with all the steps, you go into the program's interface and add explanatory text to each step. In addition, you can add graphical annotations like arrows, circles, highlighting, numbering, etc to the images. Once you are finished with the steps, the program exports the tutorial to an html file and images or to a PDF. This could be great for doing quick documentation for your own programs and the like.
Video screencast from the developer.
I created a very quick tutorial for compressing images. This took me less than five minutes from the minute I fired up ScreenSteps to publishing it on my host.
There isn't a lot to the interface of the program. This is a plus, because it is easy to learn how to use it. More advanced users may look for more control, and it can be found in customizing of the templates used for the creation of html files. I haven't looked at that yet, but it seems like you can do quite a bit with it from the samples offered by the site:
The PDF export is a little iffy, as you don't get much control over how it looks, but it works well enough:
Overall, I am impressed with the ease of use for this program. As I teach 6th graders at a 1:1 laptop school, I am constantly showing them how to do different things with their iBooks. This program will allow me to quickly create tutorials for them to host on my school website.