Friday, March 24, 2017

Clarify Walkthrough

I've been using Clarify for the last few years whenever I've needed to create a walkthrough. I'm not a big fan of screencasts and personally find it easier to follow along a guide that has screenshots and written instructions when I'm learning something new. Creating these using Microsoft Word or Apple's Pages with a separate screenshot app can be time consuming. Clarify however makes it incredibly easy with it's ability to take the needed shots and automatically embed them. From there you can add arrows, highlights, and the like along with instructions and then export into a professional looking PDF or upload it to the web to share. It's an amazing app that I absolutely love.

A few months ago my supervisor saw something I had created with Clarify and liked it so much that she bought licenses for every ITRT in our group along with a few others in the district. She then asked me to train the group on how to use it.

It's been said that the best way to learn something is to teach it. Even though I've used it to create numerous guides I had only used a fraction of the features available. For example, I've generally only used arrows and the sequence dots to annotate images. But there are numerous other tools available such as highlights, text, and shapes. There's also the ability to use HTML to embed video along with setting up an account on the Clarify website to upload your guide to and share it.

When I was in college I took an English Composition course where one of the assignments was to write a process essay. I ended up writing it on how to write a process essay. As I worked on putting together a training for Clarify I figured what better way to do it than to create a walkthrough using it. The result of which is below. It can also be accessed on my Clarify account here.

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