Online Creativity Tools: Sketchcast Reviewed

Are you looking for a way to record yourself making a drawing? Would you like to incorporate handmade aesthetics in a recorded presentation? If so, you might want to check out Sketchcast.

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What is it?

This program allows you to record yourself making a sketch. You can opt to include your voice in the recording as well. The site offers four methods for sketching: mouse only, mouse plus voice, graphics pen only and graphics pen plus voice. Sketchcast recommends that you use a microphone when recording your voice and other sound.

In order to record a sketch, you need to register and be logged in to the site. Registration is free, and also allows you to save your sketches when you're finished. You can choose between four colors to use in making your sketch, and you can also add text in four colors. There is also an eraser tool. The sketch is recorded against a white background.

What it Needs

Sketchcast is reminiscent of programs like PowerPoint. However, because the interface mostly involves hand-drawing, the results are likely to be less polished than what you might come up with in similar programs. If you want to come out with professional-looking results, you may need to take time to develop skill in using the drawing tools. Additionally, Sketchcast's limited tools might be a drawback for some potential users. I think this could be a more useful tool if users had more control over what their images look like.

Why is it Cool?

The program's faults are tempered by the fact that it is free, easily accessible and simple to use. Plus, the handmade aesthetic may be part of Sketchcast's appeal for some people. My take is that it could be a fun way to make a presentation for a class, because the result is a sort of animated video. If you have a graphics pen, you might be able to get pretty good at working within the limited parameters that this program offers.

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