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Create Screenshots or Screencasts with Jing

Here at Download Squad, we're always on the lookout for good screenshot and screencasting utility. Especially free screenshot and screencasting utilities. And it helps if they're cross-platform applications.

That's why Jing looks so exciting. It's a free, cross-platform (Mac and Windows) application for taking screenshots or making screencasts. Jing is from the developers of Snagit and Camtasia Studio, both of which are commercial applications. It's not clear whether Jing will remain free after it loses its beta status, but for now it's a pretty powerful little application.

It captures screencasts as Flash files, which you can upload and share with other users. Jing is tightly integrated with, letting you upload and share files from within the application. After the jump, check out a quick video we made showing how to split an audio file with Audacity.

[via Digital Inspiration]

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Jing is a bit of a system resource hog, consuming 2-7 percent of our CPU cycles and as much as 100MB of RAM while idle. That's a bit much if all you're doing is making screenshots. But it's not too bad for a screencasting application. And if you just fire it up when you need it and shut it down when you don't, you should be just fine.

Tags: camtasia studio, CamtasiaStudio, jing, screencast, screengrab, screenshot, snagit