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st: Capturing and Sharing Screen Images


From   Michael Norman Mitchell <Michael.Norman.Mitchell@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Capturing and Sharing Screen Images
Date   Tue, 13 Apr 2010 10:32:49 -0700

Greetings

I have happened upon a free program that makes it extremely easy to share images of your computer screen with others. The program is called Jing and you can download it from http://www.jingproject.com/. I think this could be a great way for people to easily share screen images on Statalist when posting questions and answers.

Consider this example question...

    To: StataList
    From: Marge N. O'Error
    Subject: marker labels

    Dear Statalist

    I want to use the graph editor to change the position of
    the marker labels on my graph. I would like the marker
    labels to appear above the markers, instead of
    beside the marker labels. Looking at the
    graph contained at

    http://screencast.com/t/OGY2NDY2

    I would like to move all of the marker labels
    above the marker (e.g., AMC Pacer to be above the marker).
    I would like to do this using the Graph editor.

    Many thanks,

    Marge

The readers of the question can click on the link and see the image to see exactly what Marge is asking. Jing can not only be used for to save an image of the screen, but it can also capture a movie of the screen. An example reply to Marge could include a movie showing how (rather than describing in writing) to move the marker labels. Here is an example reply.

    To: StataList
    From: Kick Nox
    Subject: re: marker labels

    Dear Marge

    The following movie shows how you can change
    the position of the marker labels in your graph.

    http://screencast.com/t/YjViZGRjNjct

    Best regards,

    Kick

Now, I admit that the examples I used here are overly simple and did not require a screen capture in the question or a movie for the answer. However, I think you can see how these tools could be useful for being able to post questions and answers.

  I hope people find this useful.

Best regards,

Michael N. Mitchell
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http://www.MichaelNormanMitchell.com

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