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Live and Recorded Demos and Screensharing from iOS to Desktop


I am a gadget, app hoarder. I always get excited when a new app solves a problem at work or in life in general that has no-one was able to solve before.

I’ve often needed to show family and friends (who are far away) how to do things on the iPhone (or iPad, or i-whatever for that matter). At conferences, I’ve had to demonstrate an application using a table-top projector and (not-so-great) camera gadget. At work, teaching people how to use certain apps for business is essential.

Now, it’s relatively easy to do live or recorded demos of applications and iOS workflow using mirroring apps/servers.

These applications use AirPlay to show on your desktop (Mac or PC) your real-time iOS screen in a shell/skin that looks like your actual device via “mirroring.”

In a quick search for apps that would mirror iOS to the Mac or PC, real-time, I’ve found the following so far:

Educators and training professionals will be all over this… Right?

How will YOU use mirroring to demonstrate apps and teach?

AirServer App

AirServer App - for illustrative purposes only.

 

 

Thanks Brandon, for the tip on Reflection App.

 

HTML for Babies [BOOK]


If this is not the epitome of our era, in which kids are exposed earlier and earlier to various technological innovations, I’m not sure what is.

A great idea by Web designer John Vanden-Heuvel from CodeBabies.

This visually simple, yet stunning book is designed for the “children’s books” section of retailers, but I’m sure geek parents might have more fun with the book than the kids would (not that babies would’t love playing with the colorful letters of the book). If only Tim Berners-Lee had one of these when he was 6 months old…

HTML for Babies can be found on Amazon.

Book Description

It’s never too early to be standards compliant! Show your little ones HTML markup code along with letter forms to get them started on the visual patterns and symbols that make up the essential building blocks of the Web. The first in a three-volume set, originally designed by a NYC Web Designer for his baby, this beautiful book is a fun and colorful introduction to the world of web design for babies.
I’ve guaranteed my copy of HTML for Babies, and eagerly await the release of CSS for Infants, Java for Toddlers… oh well…

Record Screencasts and Demos with no Downloads


It is nice not to have to download any programs if you want to record simple screencasts and demos (and in SIMPLE steps) of your computer screen.

Here is an good review of ScreenToaster by Jane Hart.

What is even better is not to have to create yet a new username and password for yet another website. That is where ScreenJelly differs from ScreenToarter: although ScreenJelly works pretty much in the same way, you can simply login with your Twitter account… Well, if you don’t have a Twitter account yet, go get one and play with it at least to know what the hype is about…

ScreenCastle is another simple, one-button, Java-based screen recorder that works with not need for complicated software installation. It is based on Skoffer, which offer a useful option for the bloggers out there: if you are an advanced (well, somewhat advanced) user, you can use their API to build plug it into your existing website for even quicker recordings.

Best of all, these tools are free of charge (as of this writing).

ScreenToaster

Screen Jelly

ScreenCastle

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