Screencast-O-Matic Alternative

CloudApp is the Screencast-O-Matic alternative that combines screen and webcam recording, GIF creation, and image annotation features into one easy-to-use solution. If you're looking to boost productivity and communicate more clearly, CloudApp is the tool for you. The best part? It won't cost you a thing to get started! Keep reading to learn more.
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CloudApp is a Screencast-O-Matic alternative that's available for Mac, Windows, iOS and Chrome. Downloading the software is quick and easy. Simply download the app from 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.
Downloading the CloudApp snipping tool is quick and easy. Simply download the app from GetCloudApp, access it from the Mac Store or if you have a PC, from the Microsoft Windows Store. To get started, you should first register for an account, download the app, then install it on your machine and start snipping.

CloudApp vs Screencast-O-Matic

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Visual communication software is the tool you've been waiting for. When you and your colleagues are able to quickly create and send screen and webcam recordings, fun GIFs, and annotated screenshots to each other, your digital conversations will become much more productive and miscommunications will be minimized.

But with dozens of visual communication tools on the market, how do you choose the right solution for your organization? A quick Google search will show you that CloudApp and Screencast-O-Matic are both popular options in this software category.

Keep reading to learn the differences between CloudApp and Screencast-O-Matic and which one is the best option for you and your company.


What is CloudApp?

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CloudApp is a visual communication tool that includes screen and webcam recording, GIF creation, and image annotation features. Imagine how much time you could save by speaking your mind rather than typing out long-winded emails. When our users have something to say, they simply record themselves via their computer's webcam and send the footage to their intended recipient. It's an incredibly quick and easy way to converse.

You know what else long emails aren't great for? Clarity. It's really easy to misinterpret someone's written message — unless you include an annotated image, of course. With CloudApp, users can annotate both pictures and videos with emojis, arrows, and text boxes. That way the meaning of your messages are always understood.


While CloudApp can (and is!) a great tool for all professionals, it's especially suited for:

  • Designers: CloudApp is perfect for design teams who need to quickly give and receive feedback on their work. Necessary adjustments to graphics, web designs, and other visual projects are easily captured with screenshots and annotations. Elina Lin, a Senior Product Designer at LinkedIn, has saved hours by using CloudApp.
  • Engineers: Engineers can quickly capture bugs via CloudApp's screen recording and/or GIF creation features. They can also use our software to create crystal clear code installation documentation. Because of CloudApp, Christine Yen, the Founder and CPO at Honeycomb.io, can ship quality code faster than ever before.
  • Marketers: To succeed at marketing, companies must create amazing content. That's easy to do with CloudApp's suite of visual communication tools. Educate your audience with eye-catching videos. Or make a GIF and post it on social media. CloudApp has been proven to help teams develop marketing campaigns 3x faster.
  • Support Reps: Your customers are the lifeblood of your business. When support reps are able to respond to customer complaints with personalized videos and/or annotated screenshots, customer loyalty is strengthened and support tickets are closed 3x faster. Steven Davis, the Manager - Enterprise Support at Gainsight, saves his company $10k a year by using CloudApp to communicate with customers.

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What is Screencast-O-Matic

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Screencast-O-Matic is another popular visual communication tool. It allows users to quickly create and edit videos. Need to capture your computer screen to demonstrate a piece of software or a complex workflow? Want to use your computer's webcam to record yourself and send the footage to a colleague or post it on YouTube? This tool will allow you to do both.


Screencast-O-Matic is mainly used by:

  • Educators: With Screencast-O-Matic, educators can create quick tutorial videos and entire recorded lessons to share with their students. Students can then record their own videos, send them to their teachers, and drive in-depth conversations.
  • Professionals: Professionals in a wide variety of departments, from sales and marketing to HR and accounting can use Screencast-O-Matic to communicate more clearly — both with each other and with customers. Videos are easily created and distributed allowing for clear and personal communication.
  • Personal Users: Screencast-O-Matic can also be used for personal reasons. Whether you want to turn memories into movies, create a social media video, or record yourself playing your favorite video game, you can do it with this app.

Create a Video With CloudApp

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CloudApp is full of amazing visual communication features, but that doesn't mean it's difficult to use. Actually, it's the opposite! Creating content with CloudApp couldn't be easier. Here's how you can quickly create a video using our tool:


For Mac Users: 

  1. Download CloudApp to your Mac. Then navigate to your computer's Menu Bar and click the CloudApp icon to start using the tool. A drop-down menu will appear.
  2. Select "Record" from the list of content types at the top of the drop-down menu. Next, choose the area of your screen that you want to record. Or simply click once to capture the full screen for your video. A menu with recording options will appear.
  3. The recording options menu will allow you to adjust the amount of screen you want to capture, enable webcam recording, and start and stop your video. When you're ready to record, click the green "Start" button.
  4. To stop recording, click the red "Finish" button. Your video will automatically be saved to your private CloudApp library. Click the CloudApp icon again in your computer's Menu Bar to access the piece of content that you just created. From here, you can edit, send, or delete your video by hovering over it and selecting the desired option.


For Windows Users:

  1. Download CloudApp to your Windows PC. Then navigate to your computer's Quick Launch Icon Tray and click the CloudApp icon to start using the tool. A pop-up menu will appear.
  2. Select "Record" from the list of content types available in the pop-up menu. Next, choose the area of your screen that you want to record. Or simply click once to capture the full screen for your video. A menu with recording options will appear.
  3. The recording options menu will allow you to adjust the amount of screen you want to capture, enable webcam recording, and start and stop your video. When you're ready to record, click the green "Start" button.
  4. To stop recording, click the red "Finish" button. Your video will automatically be saved to your private CloudApp library. Click the CloudApp icon again in your computer's Menu Bar to access the piece of content that you just created. From here, you can edit, send, or delete your video by hovering over it and selecting the desired option.

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Create a GIF With CloudApp

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GIFs are the perfect way to illustrate a process and are easily distributed via email, social media, etc. Creating GIFs in CloudApp is easy and similar to the video creation process outlined above. Here's what you need to know:


For Mac Users: 

  1. Download CloudApp to your Mac if you haven't already. Then make your way to your computer's Menu Bar and click the CloudApp icon. A drop-down menu will appear.
  2. Select "GIF" from the list of content types at the top of the drop-down menu. Next, choose the area of your screen that you want to record. Or simply click once to capture the full screen for your GIF. A menu with recording options will appear.
  3. The recording options menu will allow you to adjust the amount of screen you want to capture, enable webcam recording, and start and stop your GIF. When you're ready to record, click the green "Start" button.
  4. To stop recording, click the red "Finish" button. Your GIF will automatically be saved to your private CloudApp library. Click the CloudApp icon again in your computer's Menu Bar to access the piece of content that you just created. From here, you can edit, send, or delete your GIF by hovering over it and selecting the desired option.


For Windows Users:

  1. Download CloudApp to your Windows PC if you haven't already. Then make your way to your computer's Quick Launch Icon Tray and click the CloudApp icon to start using the tool. A pop-up menu will appear.
  2. Select "GIF" from the list of content types available in the pop-up menu. Next, choose the area of your screen that you want to record. Or simply click once to capture the full screen for your GIF. A menu with recording options will appear.
  3. The recording options menu will allow you to adjust the amount of screen you want to capture, enable webcam recording, and start and stop your GIF. When you're ready to record, click the green "Start" button.
  4. To stop recording, click the red "Finish" button. Your GIF will automatically be saved to your private CloudApp library. Click the CloudApp icon again in your computer's Menu Bar to access the piece of content that you just created. From here, you can edit, send, or delete your GIF by hovering over it and selecting the desired option.

Annotate an Image With CloudApp

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CloudApp also makes it easy to annotate screenshots and images with arrows, text boxes, emojis and more. Many professionals use this feature to bring clarity to their communications. You can do the same by following these four easy steps:


For Mac Users: 

  1. Download CloudApp to your Mac if you haven't already. Then head over to your computer's Menu Bar and click the CloudApp icon. A drop-down menu will appear.
  2. Select "Annotate" from the list of content types at the top of the drop-down menu. You'll then be asked to select the area of your screen that you want to capture in a screenshot. If you wish to annotate a pre-existing image, simply upload it to your CloudApp library, hover over it, and select "Annotate" from the list of options.
  3. Once your image is created and/or selected in CloudApp, an annotation menu will appear. Choose from a list of annotations on the left-hand side of your screen. Your options include emojis, arrows, text boxes, and more. When you're happy with your annotations, select the blue "Save" button in the top right corner of your screen.
  4. The annotated image will automatically be saved to your personal CloudApp library. You can then download it, share it, or edit it further whenever you wish.


For Windows Users:

  1. Download CloudApp to your Windows PC if you haven't already. Then head over to your computer's Quick Launch Icon Tray and click the CloudApp icon. A pop-up menu will appear.
  2. Select "Annotate" from the list of content types in the pop-up menu. You'll then be asked to select the area of your screen that you want to capture in a screenshot. If you wish to annotate a pre-existing image, simply upload it to your CloudApp library, hover over it, and select "Annotate" from the list of options.
  3. Once your image is created and/or selected in CloudApp, an annotation menu will appear. Choose from a list of annotations on the left-hand side of your screen. Your options include emojis, arrows, text boxes, and more. When you're happy with your annotations, select the blue "Save" button in the top right corner of your screen.
  4. The annotated image will automatically be saved to your personal CloudApp library. You can then download it, share it, or edit it further whenever you wish.

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CloudApp's Library of Integrations

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CloudApp is a powerful tool, but it's probably not the only tool you'll use on a daily basis. That's why we've made sure that CloudApp integrates with many other popular solutions like Slack, Google Docs, Trello, and Zendesk.

Content created in CloudApp is easily dragged and dropped into Slack chats, Google documents, Trello Cards, and Zendesk support tickets.

CloudApp was designed to supercharge your workflow, not change it. Use our tool to quickly create the best content on the internet. Then take your productivity levels to new heights by sharing it via the other apps you already know and love. It couldn't be simpler!


Which Tool is Right For You?

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Both CloudApp and Screencast-O-Matic will allow you to record yourself and your computer screen, create GIFs, and annotate images. So which one should you choose? We recommend trying both solutions and using the one you like best.

But if you don't have the time to test and compare CloudApp and Screencast-O-Matic against each other, we recommend CloudApp because you get more for less.

CloudApp's free option will allow you to create GIFs, while Screencast-O-Matic requires users to upgrade to a paid plan for access to this feature. Additionally, content created with Screencast-O-Matic will include a Watermark when using the software for free. With CloudApp, you won't have to worry about this inconvenience.


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Get Started With CloudApp Today!

CloudApp is a visual communication powerhouse and a worthy Screencast-O-Matic alternative. Get access to many of CloudApp's top-notch features today for free! Whether you want to record your screen or your face (via your computer's webcam), create fun GIFs, or annotate images, you can do it with CloudApp free of charge.

If you decide you want access to CloudApp's premium features like unlimited video recording, enhanced editing options, and call-to-action buttons, upgrade to a Pro plan for $10 a month.


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