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This is a game changer for opt-in signup forms using video. You may have seen my review on it in "How to use video to set up list-building outposts." Imagine being able to create video with a sign-up form, action button or website redirect actions embedded right in the video itself. It's a powerful technique that can even get you additional signups when your visitors embed your video into their own website.
MindManager (via MindJet.com). (Click the image on the left.) You've seen me use this tool in action on such blog posts as "SWOT Analysis Revisited. Narrowing Your SWOT Using Mindmaps." The version of MindManager I use in my presentations are for Macintosh (version 7). Although, I have also used the Windows version and find it to be just as robust.
Lynda.com. (Click the image on the left.) Lynda.com has tons of online tutorials. I maintain an active subscription to Lynda.com and typically log in whenever I need a refresher on different tasks on various software--even with software I've worked with a lot!
Camtasia (via TechSmith.com). Chances are, if you've seen me present a web video that included some kind of screencast demo about some software, or other, I was using Camtasia to capture it. Here's an example where I used Camtasia to demo a SWOT analysis in one of my blog posts.
Articulate. This is a great tool for rapid eLearning development. There are various modules for creating flash training sequences from PowerPoint, as well as Quizmaker software and an additional module for creating engaging flash interactions.