Animated Screenshots

Google+ allows us to upload animated gifs, you have probably seen a lot of them.
These gifs can be used for fun or to create visual how-tos. A great way to show a new feature or explain something you just found out with just one (animated) image.

LICEcap is a free tool (under GPL licence) to capture your screen and create an animated gif. We want to describe here the few steps you need to do to get your own animation.

  • Download it from here and install it. There is a version for Windows and for OSX.
  • After the installation you can start LICEcap and create your first animated screencapture. LICEcap is starting as a transparent tool. Move the visible border of LICEcap over the section of your desktop you want to capture.
  • Click on “Record”, set the options (where to save the result, capture the mouse and/or the clicks or not) and click on “Save”.
  • LICEcap will start capturing your screen 3 seconds after you click on “Save” so that you have time to move your mouse to its starting position.
  • When you are finished, you can click on “Stop” or hit ctrl+alt+P so that you don’t need to move the mouse to the button (what would be captured).

Check out our demo:

licecap_demo

Open the folder you have defined to put the gif. Drag&Drop the gif into a new tab of Chrome. This is how the gif will look like when you post it on Google+. If you are not satisfied with the result, create a new gif.
Creating it takes only as long as your animation will be!

The Year 2013 Infographic

On the 29th of December 2013 we have offered you a personalized infographic with a summary of your year on Google+.

A few hours later we have been overwhelmed with your feedback. Probably you liked it 😉

circlecount-year-2013-infographic-statisticYou can find this chart showing always the current data here.
As you can see in the chart we had a peak on Sunday evening (German time) only 12 hours after the launch. We have generated around 4 infographics per minute. This is a huge number for our small server, which has done a great job.

Almost 4,000 people have logged in on CircleCount on this Sunday with more than 2,000 completely new users on CircleCount:

circlecount-year-2013-insightsThese are huge numbers and will show some interesting peaks in our page showing the Key Performance Indicators of CircleCount.

The only problem was that we ran out of API calls, since the Google+ API calls have a daily limit. Fortunately Vic Gundotra jumped in and saved the situation:

circlecount-vic-gundotra-api-calls-year-2013

 

One of the reasons we love Google+: The Google+ Team is listening, even on Sundays!
Right now more than 5,500 infographics have been created and the number is still growing.

Now, after you have read about the theory, here is one of these infographics:

circlecount-my-year-2013

You can still create your personal Year 2013 Infographic here.
Let’s see if we can get a new peak in the first chart 😉

 

 

 

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