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CloudApp Screen Recorder - One Tool to Replace Many

CloudApp’s video screen recording software is a single web development tool to replace many. The software features a screen recorder, GIF maker, and annotated screenshot tools in an easy-to-use enterprise-level app. Just capture, share and accelerate your workflow.

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CloudApp’s Screen Recording Software is available for Mac, Windows, iOS and Chrome. Downloading the software is quick and easy. Simply download the app from GetCloudApp above, access it from the Apple Store for Mac and iOS, for PC from the Microsoft Windows Store, or go to the Chrome Webstore and add the extension to Chrome.

A Single Screen Recorder to Replace Many

As an editor, writer, web designer, and developer, being a good communicator is a must-have skill for me. While it certainly is a boon to my job that I have strong English skills, that’s often not enough.

That’s why there are lots of screencasting software apps available on both Mac and Windows that allow people like me to express ideas, concepts, and problems in a visual way. After all, it’s a pretty well established fact that many people understand things better through visual communication instead of words alone.

In this post, I’m going to introduce you to a screen recorder that I wish I’d been introduced to a long time ago: It’s called CloudApp and I’ll show you how it can be used to communicate bugs, features, and workflow steps that come up in a typical developer workday.

What is CloudApp?

In a nutshell, CloudApp is CloudApp is an easy-to-use screen recorder that brings video, webcam, screenshot annotation, and GIF creation securely to the cloud. It has a ridiculously easy-to-use interface that allows you to capture, save, and share HD screen recordings, annotated screenshots, and animated GIFs remotely.

Need to point to a specific feature in an app or on a website? Want to describe a step-by-step process? Need to highlight where a piece of content can be found on a page, while blurring out sensitive information? Or maybe you just need to explain a layout bug in a visual way. The features of CloudApp make accomplishing these tasks as quick and painless as possible.

CloudApp can be downloaded and installed natively on Mac or Windows, and can be integrated with a number of well-known tools including Google Docs, Slack, Trello, Zendesk, Asana, Intercom, JIRA and many more.

When you install CloudApp on your Mac, it is installed in your menu bar. It’s similar on Windows, placed conveniently in your system tray. CloudApp is on the forefront of visual communication.

A Native Screen Recorder App

I’m almost ashamed to admit what my current setup is for doing screen shots and recordings to provide feedback, answer questions, and issue bug reports to clients, co-workers, and others.

I use a native app for screenshots, another one for annotated images, a large bloated piece of software for screen recording, and a couple of different utilities for doing animated GIFs. I’ve also used a few web-based apps for some of these tasks. None of the aforementioned tools is overly complicated, and they all do an adequate job, but it’s not ideal to have to open a different app for each of those tasks.

Enter CloudApp, which does all of this and more in a single, powerful, and easy-to-use tool.

CloudApp’s five primary buttons are visible with one click of the CloudApp icon.

The buttons do the following:

All these options also have keyboard shortcuts for even quicker access. Additionally, you’ll notice the three dots next to the primary buttons. This opens more options that include:

As you can see, there are quite a few features packed into a smart and clean interface.

How Can Developers Use CloudApp?

Although a developer’s primary job is to write and execute code, there’s a lot more to being a developer. If you’re like me, you’ve probably had to do many, if not all of the following at some point in your career:

You can try to do those things with words alone, or with static, unedited images. But what if you could accomplish those tasks in a speedy, productive manner using animated GIFs, screencasts, and annotated images?

Let’s consider the three things just mentioned and how CloudApp makes them easier.

Pointing Out a Bug

As a developer you’ve probably had the “that’s not what I see” experience when dealing with how a design looks or how a certain feature works (or doesn’t work) in a particular browser. The client (or maybe someone else on your team) sees a bug that you don’t see. Or maybe it’s the other way around. Whatever the case, having a reliable bug tracking tool to be able to quickly create a screenshot and annotate it is a huge time saver.

The first option in the CloudApp toolbar (the camera icon) is the screenshot software tool. The fourth option, however, lets you take a screenshot and annotate prior to saving it. When you click the annotate screenshot button, you’ll see the following window on the left.

In this case, I’ve taken a screenshot of the search box on scotch.io on Safari 10 for desktop, so I can point out an alignment problem with the magnifying glass that appears inside the box. As many developers have discovered, Safari is the new IE in terms of bugs and incompatibilities. So a tool like CloudApp can come in handy when doing testing on Safari.

In the annotation window you’ll have access to lots of features including a line tool, arrow tool, shape tools, colors, crop tool, pixelate tool, and spotlight tools. In this case, I used the Oval Tool to indicate where the bug is.

Once you hit “save” in the annotation window, the link is copied to the clipboard and you’re ready to share the URL and get feedback. In fact, for every piece of content that gets created or added to CloudApp, you automatically get a URL that uses the ‘cl.ly’ link shortener copied to your clipboard, which you can then share with anyone.

Let’s look at another handy way to use CloudApp.

Explaining a UI Feature

One thing that I’ve often had to do in my work is explain a feature in an app’s interface, maybe something not so easy to find. As an example, let’s use the Chrome DevTools and let’s say I had to describe to my QA team how to test certain parts of a web page with pseudo-states enabled or disabled. Of course, they could do this by simply using a page as a typical user would, but there could be an edge case where doing this via the DevTools can speed things up. This GIF created with CloudApp demonstrates how to find this feature in the DevTools, check it out here –>>

As mentioned, when you create a screenshot or recording with CloudApp, the app will automatically add a link to that piece of media to your clipboard. The URL itself will take you to a page with a UI in this CloudApp screenshot.

Notice the right sidebar area that allows for comments. This allows me to send a screenshot, GIF, or video to a colleague and they can add their questions, feedback, etc. Much more useful and productive than a run-of-the-mill screen grab tool!

Sharing a Workflow

As a developer, you probably love to share your productivity and workflow tips with others. Or maybe you just want to show a series of complex steps in a single recording without the need to take multiple, annotated screenshots. CloudApp’s video recording feature is a great code review tool.

Easy HD recording is just a couple of clicks away. In the video shown below, created with CloudApp, I’m demonstrating how to use Chrome’s DevTools to view a minified script, prettify it using a somewhat obscure feature of the DevTools. I then use a breakpoint to step through a JavaScript function: Check out the screen recording here

And once again, as with creating GIFs and screenshot editing, the media page for the video allows comments. In this example, I’ve added a comment to explain how I did a “find” inside the script, which might not be obvious when playing the video.

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