Demo Builder provides an easy way to create tutorials, presentations or demonstrations that show how software and systems work.

At its simplest the program acts as a basic screen recorder. You carry out whatever actions you want to demonstrate, Demo Builder takes regular screen grabs and captures your mouse movements, and the results then become a movie that you can export in many different formats (AVI, WMV, MP4, SWF, stand-alone EXE, Microsoft Word and more).

But then you can extend this in many different ways. It's possible to add a voice over, for instance, where you explain exactly what you're doing to the viewers. Or you can attach pop-up balloons and notes to a movie with more information, or highlight particular areas with shapes, cursors, animations and more.

There's also an option to apply a 3D effect, which means your viewers won't just be looking at a flat screen grab any more. Instead your image can appear to move in 3D space, making it much more interesting to watch and follow.

And for more impact, you can even add a degree of interactivity to your creations, particularly useful with tutorials. You can display a button that the viewer must click before they can move to the next step, for instance. Or you might ask them to click a particular control before they can continue, simulating their required actions in the program you're demonstrating.

None of this is too difficult to master, especially as the authors have included several example projects to help you get started. Browse those and you'll soon figure out how everything works.

Version 10 brings:
    - The New Character Feature. Characters add a new dynamic by offering a more lively personality to present your movies; they are great for creating eye-catching videos and are perfect for explanations in tutorials.

    - Directing Your Character - We're confident that you'll have fun with this new feature, because directing your Character to walk and talk is such a smooth and simple process. The ease of animation will allow you to get creative and really make your Character come to life with detailed facial movements, life-like gestures and so much more.

    - The Even Easier Auto-Animate. This option is for when you have a time limit and you need your demos done now! Click Auto-Animate and Demo Builder's sophisticated programming will read the actions performed in your screen recordings and create movement and speech for your Character accordingly, it's so simple !

    - Ivona Voices for Tanida. Ivona brings you award-winning, accurate and natural sounding voices. These smooth and lively voices take the robotic out of your computer's default voice ! Use them to convert Text to Speech and have your movies sounding clear, vibrant and, most of all, professional.

Verdict

A very powerful presentation tool that moves far beyond screen recording, and is closer to a mini version of Flash (though without the scripting and other complexities). If other tutorial builders have never seemed powerful enough for your needs, then this one may be worth a look.