Saturday, June 9, 2007

Simple spreadsheet "video"


Here is a "video", or is it screencast, I made with byzanz desktop recorder and Ubuntu GNU/Linux. It's a short clip of me demoing some Open Office.org spreadsheet tips for a friend of mine.

Byzanz is so handy because it installs as a panel applet and records your desktop session to an animated GIF. You don't have to worry about video formats and browser add-ons/compatibility with GIF's. No sir, just add and image to your page and go on with living. :=)

Just when you think Free and Open Source Software can't be any more cool or useful, BAM!, you discover another nifty tool. What will apt-cache search turn up next?

It's hard to express how thrilled I am to have found byzanz. Now Free and Priceless can become a kind of show and tell for our FOSS exploration.

While I'm feverishly reworking potential blog post to include this wonderful technology, I'd love to get comments on your Linux/free software questions. Just post a comment on a screencast you'd like to see and I'll try to work it in.

3 comments:

Brennydoogles said...

I like it, and I went ahead and installed the app myself. I look forward to reading your blog more often!!

-brennydoogles from Ubuntuforums

heri said...

Hello, thank's for the info. I have installed it and it works great.

One question, how did you upload the gif animated image to blogger ?
I tried but the picture is not animated in the blog page.

heri
Ubuntu user.

HackingYodel said...

I just uploaded another byzanz "video" and it also lost its animation. I think Blogger is automatically converting larger GIF files into PNG format to save drive space.

Perhaps linking to an image on Flickr or a personal webspace would be a way around this.