Instant Demo Hints and Tips
If you plan to publish your demonstration or tutorial on the Internet
then we recommend the following tips. Follow the suggestions below and you
will soon be creating some of the best and smallest demonstrations on the web!
Make sure your desktop color resolution is set to True Color (32 bit) for
optimal performance (show me how).
Keep the physical dimension of your recording at or below 800x600 pixels.
This will ensure a smooth recording of your demo and guarantee that most
Internet users can view your demo correctly on their screens.
If you need to capture in full screen mode, try changing the resolution of
your desktop to suit your demo size (show
me how). Also set your system font to 'small fonts' which will
reduce the window size of your applications, allowing you to capture at a
lower desktop resolution (show me how).
You can keep the mouse only movements in your demo with very little file
size overhead. The mouse image is captured only once by Instant Demo
and then 'moved' around for the rest of the movie. The same applies to
some transition scenes. Instant Demo only captures the changed portion of
the display, so some transition scenes (such as selecting from a popup
menu) will not add much to the final size of your demo.
Use a solid background color for your desktop (show
Try to avoid moving any Windows (opening and closing is fine) during the
recording of your demo. This may lead to a larger than necessary
demo file size.
In Windows XP, you may like to use the 'Windows Classic' coloring theme to
improve the final size of your movies (Show
If bandwidth usage on your website is not a priority, then try increasing
the quality of your demo in "Create->Custom->Settings..." by increasing
the number of colors used to 500 or more. Instant Demo takes full
advantage of Adobe streaming technology, so even large demos will
load and play immediately in the viewer's browser.
When clicking a mouse button during recording, hold down the button for at
least half a second. This allows the viewer to see the Windows
response to your mouse click, such as a depressed button or a selected
Don't rush your demo. It costs very little in file size to display
an unchanging scene. Allow your audience time to absorb the
information you are presenting to them. When watching your own demo,
if you cannot read the text in your talk balloons twice before moving onto
the next frame, then your demo is moving to fast.
Give your viewers time to absorb visual information. When opening a
new window or a complex dialog, provide a small delay of about 4 or 5
seconds before displaying your annotated text.
Read our guide on
how to "Build a better Demo"
short guide is full of useful tips on how to
turn your demonstrations into a powerful communication tool.
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