My day job is all about training. I build training materials, tutorials, and documentation. I own and use most of the Mac screen capture tools.
Creating step-by-step documentation and tutorials is all about organization, work flow, and process. One of the best ways to create help screens and documentation is the Mac. One of the best tools to use is the Mac ScreenSteps app.
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Manuals, documentation, tutorials, and help documents all have a few common elements. They are best created as living, breathing, dynamic documents which can be created quickly, and updated quickly.
They can be computer-based documentation or an online tutorial.
The idea is to create procedures and steps in a document quickly, easily, and have it capable of handling ongoing changes.
If you’re not using a Mac to create documentation, help screens, tutorials, manuals, or lessons for educators, then you’re missing what a Mac is all about. However, Mac or PC, ScreenSteps Desktop is a good solution. Getting started is easy.
New Lesson brings up options. Edit title, add a description, and get ready to grab images and create steps.
ScreenSteps feels like a simple page layout application. Check spelling, inspect graphic elements, change fonts and colors and styles, layer elements, search for text.
One difference is the step-by-step, page-by-page approach. The tools follow you on each page as you create your computer-basded documentation, help screens, or lessons. Annotate images on any page.
Pages can be reordered with ease as changes are made. When a document is complete and ready for publication, you’ll find a number of choices available.
Documents can be saved and exported as Word documents, PDF files, HTML pages, Blog output (WordPress, Blogger, etc.), ScreenSteps Live, or as a package to be shared with other ScreenSteps users.
ScreenSteps can be used with keyboard shortcuts, menu selections, contextual menus, as well as onscreen button selections.
What I appreciate about ScreenSteps is the ability to create simple documents quickly and easily, yet scale up to very large and complex training manuals on a step-by-step basis.
Plenty of templates in each format are available to get you started.
Chapters or sections can be added, removed, edited, or moved around with ease, making it a simple process to create quickly, add to the document, edit quickly, and output a newly revised document with ease.
As with any new app, it may be intimidating at first because there are so many options available. Having many ways to create lessons, tutorials, manuals, and documentation on a Mac is not a bad thing. ScreenSteps may be the most comprehensive I’ve used.