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ActivePresenter Free 4.0

A free screen recorder/ tutorial maker/ presentation tool/ and more

by Mike Williams

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License: Free, for personal-use only
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English, Spanish
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 30 June 2014
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Downloads To Date: 2704
Developer: Atomi Systems
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ActivePresenter Free 4.0
A free screen recorder/ tutorial maker/ presentation tool/ and more

ActivePresenter Free is a capable screen recorder with a lot of potential applications.

At a minimum you might set it up to record a fixed area, an application window or the entire display. It'll then record what's happening at a click, before exporting the results to images (JPEG, PNG) or video (WMV, AVI, MPEG4, WebM).

If you'd like to create a tutorial or demonstration, you can have the program automatically highlight keypresses and mouse clicks, and display a text annotation on what you're doing. So when we clicked the "File" menu on a program for our own test project, for instance, ActivePresenter created a slide with an image of the screen, where "File" was highlighted, then added a callout saying "Select [File] menu item".

While that can be a great timesaver, you might have your own ideas of the annotations you need. And so any particular slide can be further customised with new shapes, captions, highlights, images, cursor paths, zoom and pan effects, even audio or video clips.

And if you don't like some aspect of how the program works, just check the Preferences dialog - it's quite astonishingly customisable. So if you're creating a cursor path, for instance, you're able to set the default cursor highlight shape, colour, size and opacity, the type of movement path, the cursor shape, even the noise it makes to indicate a left, right or double-click.

Unsurprisingly, if you part with some cash for the Standard ($349.95) or Professional ($449.95) editions then you'll get even more. The Standard build can export to FLV, Word, PDF and HTML as well as videos, for example, while the Professional edition can add interactivity to your project (true/ false questions, multiple choices, actions, branching and more).

With so much power here it can occasionally take a while to find out how to do even relatively basic things, and the documentation isn't as helpful as it should be.

Still, there's an amazing amount of functionality here for a free tool, and if you've any interest in screen recording then you should grab a copy immediately.

Version 4.0 brings (including some premium features):
Export To HTML5 Simulation.
•Support Drag-n-Drop: ◦Add Drop Area interaction.
◦Add Drag-n-Drop question.
•Add lines, arrows, and various shape types.
•Previewing multiple slides on Slide Canvas.
•Improve the capture frame rate (FPS) in full motion recording (about 25% faster).
•Add an option to show an object or play an audio/video without blocking subsequent actions.
•Find and replace text in slides objects.
•Add MKV container format (uses Flash Screen video codec, 16-bit PCM audio codec) when exporting to video.
•Add 16-bit PCM audio codec when capturing for highest audio quality.
•Enhance Quiz/Question editing functionalities: ◦Add quick tools on the right side of selected question for quick editing.
◦Change the way to interact with sub-objects in a question.
•Allow capturing/editing/exporting the Active Window area. This feature is primary used in document outputs.
•Replace the slide backgrounds by capturing or using slide backgrounds from another project.
•Resources in the Image/Media library can be shown either in list items or thumbnails.
•Support recording audio from Speakers (System Audio) in the Audio page of the Properties dialog.
•Option to allow pasting HTML copied from other applications as plain text or HTML format.
•Add 14 common gesture effects.

Verdict:

A very powerful tool for creating demonstration videos, presentations and more

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