Monday, September 06, 2010

Easy Annotator for your Presentation

If you don't use PowerPoint, or even if you do, to make presentation, check out this little freeware gem. It is called Pointofix and it allows you to capture any screen during your presentation, annotate it, print or save it for archiving or sharing with your audience.

It is a German product so the web site is in German but enough of it is in English that you should be able to find the Download and install the English translation of the menus. You can always use Google Translate at  to translate the website into English.  It is worth the trouble.

The way it works is that you run it and leave it in the upper right hand corner until you need to annotate the screen. Then you click the Start button and it will freeze your screen and allow you to annotate, magnify and save it to a png or jpg file for sharing. You can also print or copy the screen to the clipboard ready for pasting into another app.  When you are done, click on the Done button and it goes back to sleep and gives you back control of the screen.

I really like it because:

  • You don't have to install it. It is small and even runs off of a USB Drive. 
  • It is easy to use and free, so you can make copies on all of the computers you use. 
  • It will even allow you to capture screens of video and annotate on them. 
  • It is designed to be useful during a presentation when you are in front of an audience with little fumbling.
  • You can also use it in your office to prepare screen shots for other purposes. 
  • Unfortunately, it doesn't run on Macs. 
Teaching applications
  • Use this for capturing and annotating any screen during your class room presentations and share with your students by posting the png files on your course website . 
  • Use it for preparing illustrative images for inclusion into course materials. 
  • Capture still screens from videos and add captions to them. 

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