[iai-members] pattern or feature inventory (as in content inventory)

13 Dec 2006 - 9:03am
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Meghna Bhatt

Jay, if you are looking at a complete software solution which does both
'capture' and 'present', Adobe Captivate (formerly RoboDemo) will be a very
good option (disclaimer: I haven't used it yet).

* Capture: it can record mouse movements and keyboard activity, audio
* Store: You can store the multimedia captured in a library and drag and
drop it into your slides
* Present: publishing options include SWF; standalone files for Windows, Mac
OS, and Linux; Microsoft Word, HTML pages, PPT (with the embedded flash

You can find more info on the product here:


On 12/12/06, Jay Morgan <jayamorgan at gmail.com> wrote:
> I appreciate the responses so far.
> Allow me to reframe this question: I am looking for a method to capture
> and present interactive elements on a competitor's site.
> I'm thinking of an interaction designer's version of the IA's content
> inventory. I want to inventory interactive features, rather than content
> and links. Any ideas?
> For example, in a previous job I had TechSmith's Morae(R) which would
> allow me to capture dynamic aspects of an interaction, or an entire
> experience. I do not have Morae now. I have an older version of SnagIt(R),
> which does not have the 'video' capture mode that Iv'e used before in later
> versions of SnagIt. I've never used Camtasia(R), but have successfully
> shown that I can hit three TechSmith products in one email.
> I hope to learn some a new way of doing this. Or, understanding that I
> need to make the case to buy the upgraded versions of software I'm familiar
> with.
> Thanks,
> Jay
> On 12/11/06, Jay Morgan <jayamorgan at gmail.com > wrote:
> >
> > ia/IAs and d/Designers,
> > <no apologies for the cross-post>
> >
> > Has any of you ever created a graphical inventory of features, design
> > patterns, or functional elements? If so, please share learnings or
> > examples. I'd like to hear what format you used, how you presented it, and
> > what worked or didn't?
> >
> > I'm specifically considering an inventory of competitors websites. In
> > this case, if I cataloged patterns, I wouldn't be listing the explanation
> > found on a usual pattern library, but showing how they visually accomplish
> > something or behaviorally execute a transition.
> >
> > Thank you.
> > --
> > Jay A. Morgan
> > jayamorgan at gmail
> --
> Jay A. Morgan
> jayamorgan at gmail
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