Released officially today. Next paycheck, I’m buying this program. I’ve been working on a tutorial all day in it on creating a Flash MX 2004 sample component. Take some lessons from using it for awhile (there are many other more experienced RoboDemo users out there other than me, but as a Flasher I have certain expectations when using Macromedia software):
– make many small projects, and link the SWF’s together. I had a 80 meg, 30 minute presentation today that was a pain in the royal behind to deal with. My computer is a beast, and although I could multi-task, saving the file and editing it took 10 years because of the 391 slides and tons of audio. So, even if you play around, keep that in mind.
– be extremely wary of utilizing full-motion recording with hardware acceleration. Frankly, I wouldn’t click this unless your sure you don’t mind if something unexpected happens. I’ve had great results not using it with real-time recordings, like drag and drop operations, etc.
– if recording narration, take breaks. This will allow you to save your file, and continue on. Nothing like doing a 10 minute recording only to find it didn’t save, and your comp’s locked.
– plan ahead what your going to say, like a speech, only your talking to your computer’s mic instead of a live audience. You should still treat it like your speaking to a classroom type of environment, as this will show through in the end product. Planning really goes a long way.
Overall, I’ve only been using this product a short time, never used RoboDemo, and tested the Flash integration a few times. I truly love this product despite its need for a preferences overhaul and better way to manage large projects. It’s cool, though, for a 1.0 release under a Macromedia brand of an already maturing product. I didn’t have any expectations anyway, and will never do this type of work in Flash again… only edit it.
Check it out if you have 20 minutes to play with it. I’m sure you’ll dig it.