There’s a new way to express an idea to your readers, and it’s called Sketchcast. It’s essentially a YouTube for doodles or sketches, and you can draw with a mouse or a stylus (if your computer supports it). I’m not too sure what kind of real ideas can be conveyed using a mouse because it feels a lot like trying to draw things in Microsoft Paint, but if you have a Tablet PC I’m sure the results would be pretty awesome.
Creating a sketch is done completely in your browser, and there is a full screen mode available for easier drawing. Aside from that here are some of the other things I’ve noticed you can do:
- Switch between a pen and an eraser
- Insert a textbox
- Adjust the color of the pen/textbox (wide array of colors available)
- Choose from three different pen thicknesses
- Record voice
- Pause/Resume a recording
One thing that I would have liked to see incorporated into Sketchcast is the ability to add images. This might be fun for tracing photos, or simply for making some presentations a little bit easier. Of course there are plenty of talented artists out there that can create amazing drawings without tracing, but that’s definitely not me!
I don’t think that many bloggers are going to take the time to make sketches for their blogs, but I could be wrong. It just seems like a time consuming process to have to sit there and draw out the various points you’re trying to make. And did I mention that there are no video editing capabilities? If you make a mistake you’ll have to start over. *sigh*
Here’s a sample video on using Sketchcast: