Editors' reviewRecording onscreen action to Flash-movie format should be a great way to make tutorials for a Web site. However, Screen 2 WebFlash's poor performance, limited functionality, and confusing interface make it more of a hindrance than a help. It is horribly slow. On a low-end but perfectly usable test system, we experienced seconds-long lags when switching among tabs and dragging scroll bars. Capturing screen action was easy enough, but watching it in the cramped preview window was nearly impossible. Moreover, the program failed to capture the mouse cursor. Also, though it offers features for adding text, vector objects, and images to your movie, the lack of a tutorial means you'll be figuring them out on your own. On top of all that, the demo places a large, moving watermark on your clips. At $49 for the full version, Screen 2 WebFlash isn't remotely worth it. Tutorial makers should look elsewhere.
With Screen 2 WebFlash, you can record screen action and save it as a Flash movie for your Web site. Create online tutorials quickly and easily. You can show everything you want--for example, how to use your software if you're a software developer, or how to solve a computer problem if you maintain a Web site about computer problems. You can add text, pictures, and graphic objects after recording or changing the exiting objects. The picture will be stored as a JPEG image inside the Flash files--which means small files.
Only the parts of the screen that have changed will be stored in the Flash file. The mouse movement is stored as vector animation, so this will take almost no disk space. If a button is pressed, only this button will be drawn again. Flash files are very small, so they're very good for use on your Web site. Flash files are the best solution for Internet animation today.