I ran across an interesting blog post by Robert Hoeckman, Jr. today on “protocasting” and wanted to share it with the Catalyze community.
What is a protocast? I am a big proponent of prototyping or simulations as words alone just do not do justice when trying to explain a new system or functionality. However, Robert’s techniques takes prototyping to an entirely new level. Robert’s definition of a protocast is: a combination of a prototype and a screencast. Robert creates them by filming and narrating a simple prototype using a tool like Camtasia (for Windows) or Snapz Pro (for Mac).
Why does Robert make protocasts? “The less time I spend on what should be simple explanations, the more time I can spend doing other important things for my clients.”
Read more about protocasting in Robert’s blog entry. Protocasting may be something to consider on your next project.