February 28, 2012 TechSmith Corporation announced that Jing Pro was being retired February 28, 2013, the Free version of Jing will still be available. Retiring is a nice word for termination or downgrading. I believe Jing Pro is cutting into Snagit’s market share and this is the reason for this move. This came as a shock to me, because I use Jing Pro everyday. I work for a Dot Com company and the video feature in Jing Pro is invaluable to me for customer support. If someone is having a problem or needs help with a feature, I can create a high quality video and upload it in just minutes after getting the request.
Next year, Jing Pro users will have to settle for low quality audio in their videos, not to mention larger file sizes than MP4 video files that Jing Pro supports. The free version of Jing uses Adobe Shockwave (swf) as the video format. I do not like this one bit. Don’t get me wrong, I really like TechSmith and have been a loyal customer since 1999. That’s when I first bought Camtasia. They have great products and great people, one of the best software companies out there, in my opinion.
But below is what we will have to settle with, low quality audio in our videos. I have two samples, one from the free version of Jing and one from the Pro version.
Here is a sample video, created with the FREE version of Jing (SWF File):
Now here is the Jing Pro version, notice the high quality audio (MPEG 4 File):
I have tried Snagit and also the new version of Snagit 11 with video support. However Jing Pro is way faster to use that Snagit. Also Snagit is too cumbersome to use compared to Jing Pro. One person put it, Jing Pro is like a pistol, and Snagit is a Gatling Gun.
So whats next? Tell TechSmith how you feel about this move. My wish, is they continue MP4 support for Jing so we can have high quality video and audio as well as small file sizes. Please make your voice heard.
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