It was only last night—or should I say about 2 AM, since I'm on steroids that give me insomnia, along with a boost of energy that keeps me up for 2-3 days at a shot, before I crash—I upgraded to version 3 of The Print Shop, and I played around with their Circular Text tool that allows you to spin text into a circle or a spiral. Now only is that both cool and mind-boggling, but if you grab the handles of the object box which contains the circular text you just created, you can watch the text spin around and settle wherever you stop dragging the handle.
I not only created a logo for my website project, but, with the aid of SnapZ Pro, I video captured the animation and saved it as a QuickTime movie. At the same time, however, I was wondering what neat utility might exist to allow me to create a GIF of that video.
Here it is, apparently. While I would always prefer to have a chance to try out software, even in a slightly crippled, time-limited, production-run limited, or feature-busted format, so that I can see what it does. The Apple Store does not allow this, which is one of its biggest flaws, since it exists only as a master catalog where it stores, downloads, and collect money off the top of programs developed by people who would rather give 30% of their revenue than market their stuff on their own. Whatever!
But, when I visit the developer's site for this software, I see excellent, well-illustrated tutorials at least showing me what the application does. For me, if a developer is smart enough to take the time to do a good job of showing me how to use their product, then I will give them the benefit of the doubt and try out their product. On the other hand, if a developer shows me nothing, makes no promotional video to illustrate the features and benefits of their software, they had two chances of convincing me to spend money on them: slim and none. As far as I am concerned, all software ought to have video demonstrations and documentation associated with the product. Videos to sell the software, supplemented by videos to teach me --by showing me-- how to use it. As the cartoon said: There ought to be a law! Not to do so, is a sign of ignorance on the part of the developer.
Anyway I hope I like this product. Stay tuned for a further report.