At ZingSoft, we're always on the lookout for new tools that can make our jobs easier, which also means that we've tried many, many different products and services. If I had to choose just one tool that's been the most transformative for my team's overall productivity in the past year, CloudApp would be one of my top two contenders for that title. Perhaps it's surprising to hear that a media-capture application could make such a big impact on a software development team, but the reality is that it has filled a gap we were unaware of – one we didn't realize was having such a big impact on our workflows.
As it turns out, there are many reasons why everyone from a software developer, to a graphic designer, to a QA tester might need to capture a screenshot, GIF, or video recording of what's happening on their computer screen. What's more, it's perfectly reasonable to expect someone in any of those team roles to want to annotate and share those recordings as well. Enter CloudApp, a cloud-based media recording application that not only includes all of the aforementioned functionality, but which also stores all recorded media in the cloud (are you noticing a theme here?) for later access and retrieval from any desktop. Here's what a CloudApp capture looks like:
On the surface, the functionality that CloudApp provides may seem easy to de-emphasize. After all, it's simple enough to take screenshots natively, and many basic image viewing applications nowadays have some form of basic annotative abilities. However, CloudApp differentiated itself with my team by making the process of capturing, annotating, and sharing motion graphics and video as easy as it is with static screenshots. Additionally, its non-invasive UX means that the app is there when we need it, but nearly invisible when we don't. This combination of thoughtful functionality and minimal presence is what ultimately made it so easy for my teammates to integrate it into their various workflows, regardless of their role.