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iShowU for Mac

CNET Editors' review

iShowU is designed to record screen actions on your computer and it does so with a number of easy-to-set options and a robust back-end that helps you customize resolution, file size and output type. The result is a powerful, effective screen capture tool that's perfect for gaming and tutorial videos, alike.

When you first open iShowU, you'll be prompted to give control of your computer to the software. It's unnerving at first, but it only needs to access things like mouse animations to show them onscreen during video recording. By having access to mouse data, it can make files smaller. The interface of the app is a bit jumbled, but everything you need is on one screen. You can choose the video type, size, encoding, and other factors like frame rate, audio levels, input devices, etc. It's a fantastically diverse set of options that allows you to create some solid files, with presets for things like Blip.TV, Vimeo, YouTube, and even World of Warcraft. The entire process takes only a couple of seconds to set up, and it is very "share" friendly, recording in smaller file sizes.

If you need a basic video creator for screen capture on your Mac, consider iShowU. The app is free to try and costs $20 to upgrade if you continue to use it after the trial expires, and while not the most attractive or even the most powerful screen capture tool for Mac, it does offer one of the biggest bangs for its buck out there. It's a solid, well-made tool and one that you'll enjoy using quite a bit.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of iShowU for Mac 1.92.7.

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All User Reviews

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Infuriatingly awful. Internet theft. Lesson learned."

    October 16, 2013  |   By steveturner2112

    Version: iShowU 1.92.7

    Pros

    It downloaded to my computer. That's the best thing I can say about it. My FULL (and paid-for) VERSION does not work anymore (it barely worked when I bought it a few years back.)

    Cons

    Everything. Utter, utter SH*T. Caveat emptor.

    Summary

    iShowUHow2ThrowURMoneyAway. Take $50 out of your pocket, and then set it on fire. If you're still feeling that cavalier with your money, then buy this hunk of crap.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Stopped working for me Oct 8 2012. No support."

    October 11, 2012  |   By FloridaJo

    Version: iShowU 1.92.3

    Pros

    Worked okay for several years.

    Cons

    Constantly had an update to download before using.
    Latest update cause video to be constantly 'compressing' without ever finishing.
    Video was unusable.
    No support, no help from forums.

    Summary

    Don't work, can't get support.
    Free QuickTime player is better.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Hours of frustration"

    October 2, 2012  |   By rushproject

    Version: iShowU 1.92.3

    Pros

    Easy to use with Final Cut Pro X

    Cons

    Lot of bugs. And I simply ignore crashes.

    Summary

    Already prepared raw footage for and published several screencasts using this software. However I am afraid today I am doing my last session. After each clip sent to Final Cut, I have to delete it from iShowU and restart the program. Otherwise it keeps overwriting all new clips with the content of the first one. Weird, but I got used to this "feature". Just copy, delete and restart. But today it started to include video from my web cam into the clips at random (well, it seems this happens each time I click the iPhone emulator window). Just crawled out from under my desk, pulling the webcam cable out, hopefully will film the last episode in the next 5 minutes and this will be the last time I use this software...

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  • 1.0 stars

    "waste of time"

    July 23, 2012  |   By 19jaguar57

    Version: iShowU 1.92.1

    Pros

    looks cute

    Cons

    Takes hours to upload the final video and then there is zero information on how to access it. The service people didn't even know where it was automatically uploaded to. The idiot told me to look for it in my YouTube account. It wasn't there. How could it be if I didn't enter into my account for an upload? Fools don't even know their own software. Don't waste your time with these idiots and their haphazard software.

    Summary

    crap

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  • 1.0 stars

    "grindles1967"

    February 21, 2012  |   By grindles

    Version: iShowU 1.91.4

    Pros

    great product. works really well..just one LARGE PFOBLEM

    Cons

    i paid for and downloaded the Pro version, only to receive the standard version, and after numerous support emails and phone calls saying this and sending them the invoice copy, they dont respond!!!

    They responded to a basic help question initially but wont honor my purchase...

    beware

    Summary

    Beware when purchasing. not to be trusted

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent for downloading & making instructional videos"

    December 4, 2010  |   By TheoT--2008

    Version: iShowU 1.83

    Pros

    Flexible. Can select any size section of the screen

    Cons

    I have had no problems with it

    Summary

    Simple, easy to use. Just draw a rectangle over the area you wish to record, press Record, wait until you have finished, press Finish. Thats it !! All over.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great app"

    May 9, 2010  |   By maylbu

    Version: iShowU 1.77

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Great app, excellent support.
    Get he job done.
    Andre

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  • 5.0 stars

    "only demo so far but excellent & simple probably buy."

    March 4, 2010  |   By aubweaver

    Version: iShowU 1.76

    Pros

    Easy to download and get going, simple to understand, works with the quicktime format therefore fast forward,stop,reverse,playback etc etc. good quality playback.

    Cons

    For what I want..NO CONS..!

    Summary

    simple to get going, easy to understand works with quicktime format I'm not out to create any great 'movies' I just want to record live online data and analyse it later.
    Would be excellent for youtubing or promo demo stuff. Good quality playback for what I need which is readable text.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great alternative to Snapzpro"

    July 19, 2009  |   By tony_sabbath

    Version: iShowU 1.72

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    My number 1 complaint with Snapzpro was that you could not change the temporary cache folder location. I dont know why they think people want to use their OS drive as a scratch disk?


    iShowU you allows you to easily change the temp/scratch disk location to another drive.
    iShowU also easily allows you to choose QuickTime compatible formats/ codecs for easy output.

    iShowU is also cheaper, even the pro HD version is cheaper than SnapzPro.
    Both normal and HD versions works on Leopard 10.5.7 at the time of me writing this.

    Great to see Kiwi developers working hard.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Save & Replace does not work"

    October 23, 2008  |   By S Mayer

    Version: iShowU 1.68

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I have been testing iShowU and comparing with other tools. Works quite well and is fairly intuitive.

    IN my testing though, I found a small but annoying bug...if you try to save a recording with the same name as an existing file and ask to replace the original, iShowU still proceeds with the recording but at the end, the original file is not replaced.

    Where did the recording go? (I suspect it is only in the temp directory). NO new file gets created.

    Please fix.

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