Before you start capturing your product, you may want to think about how your demo is going to be delivered. For example, if you're planning on creating a live demo to use on calls, you may want to capture at a similar screen size that you would use when sharing your screen on a call. If you're planning on sending the demo to a customer, you'll want to be mindful that their screen size could vary in size depending on their workspace. This article will walk you through some key considerations before you even start capturing.
Whether you're using a Mac or a PC there are some handy settings that can help alleviate some capturing challenges. Since the extension is set to run on Chrome, you can also use this separate extension to easily resize your screen to a specific size.
It's also important to ensure your Chrome zoom setting is set to 100% before you start capturing, so your product is displayed how it is originally formatted.
If you're on a PC, you'll also want to ensure your system is set to 100% zoom, which can be changed by following the instructions here.
When you launch the extension, there will be three different types of Capturing modes, Single Capture, Timed Capture and Continuous Capture. These different modes will impact when a capture is taken, you can read about the different modes, or simply use single capture to initiate a new capture on click, or using the keyboard shortcut (command + shift S on a Mac, or control + shift + S on a PC.)
However, if your product is responsive, meaning that the layout changes depending on the size of your browser screen, you may want to emulate this behaviour in your capture. To achieve this, you can turn on Multi Resolution Capturing by clicking the settings icon beside the capturing modes. It's also a great idea to capture using Multi Resolution if you're unsure about the output of your demo. With Multi Resolution, your demo can be resized to different sizes without impacting functionality.
Last but not least, it's possible to embed your demos on a webpage which allow for a engaging interactive experience right on your site. In order to plan for your embed to look and feel like your product as much as possible, ensure you have enough real estate on the page to support the demo. Embedding a page within a page can be a tricky user experience and if the embed container is too small, it could be hard to read certain sections, or really get a feel for your real product. Embeds work the best when sized larger than 800px wide, and optimally 1024px and above. In order to capture your product for a website embed, consider using multi resolution capturing or resizing your screen to the same size as your embed container.
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