RoboDemo has two key advantages. First, RoboDemo automatically does the screen capture. RoboDemo snaps
a frame every time a mouse event or keyboard action occurs. The sequence
of frames are recorded
as a Flash
which can be subsequently editted within RoboDemos frame editor.
In this edit phase it is easy to delete unwanted frames, add narration
shading or added drawings and other graphic refinements. In short,
the editor allows users to easily add comments and even icons to control
the pace of the demo.
However, if developers want to add specific control or more interactive
features (say a context sensitive quiz), then RoboDemo users have another
advantage. that is because RoboDemo is able to export out in .fla
format as well as .swf. Given the .FLA demo file, Flash
will find it trivial to add any type of multi-media refinement
they want to the demo - including embedding it into a teaching
or quiz context. In sum, the abilty to transfer to Flash helps RoboDemo
match and surpass some of its competitors features.
RoboDemo also has another key advantage - it not
only produces Flash .swf files on output for the versatility in
deployment that implies; but also RoboDemo integrates well with RoboHelp
and the new FlashHelp system being developed there. And with FlashPaper
available from Macromedia in Contrbute 2 - there are now many ways
of generating powerful Help and/or demo presentations using the eHelp
battery of products. And at about $600, RoboDemo is certainly competitive
with some of the highend authoring and eLearning tools it will now
be matched up against.