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I am sure some of you are familiar with Galaxy,”an analysis medium that enables multiple tools to be applied to existing data in a simple unified way”. We like it for several reasons. It is a cool tool for genomic analysis, but most of all Anton Nekrutenko and colleagues get it. They understand the importance of wikis, blogs and screencasts in science and have embraced the medium. So it should come as no surprise that they understand what we are trying to do here at Bioscreencast. We now have a special category called “galaxy”, which you can track via RSS. There you will be able to find the latest screencasts on Galaxy.

Anton blogs about Bioscreencast at the Galaxy blog. As you can probably guess we are quite excited that they have chosen to serve their screencasts from our site. We have received positive feedback from some others as well. This is exciting stuff indeed.

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First of all, thank you to everyone for all the feedback and suggestions. There are always a lot of things we can do to make Bioscreencast the perfect user experience, but we feel that some of the new features you might have already seen in the past day or so will make your time on the site a lot better.

So what do we have in store for you in this new beta release of Bioscreencast.com

Internet Explorer is no longer the forbidden zone. Bioscreencast.com should now run properly on both IE6 and 7. Please let us know if you find anything behaving in unexpected ways

Flash video format support is something we’ve discussed among ourselves for months, and finally we bit the bullet and now the screencasts are all flash. We have tried our best to keep the quality as high as possible, but this change should create a truly cross platform/cross browser experience for everyone. We also believe that the move away from H.264 will finally convince Apple to add Flash support on the iPhone.

A redesigned landing page will new icons, the most recent upload and a news feed (for now just this blog), should also make being visiting Bioscreencast.com a better experience.

There are some additional usability related changes as well. For example, you can now access the embed code and screencast URL without needing to play the screencast.

This is just the first in a series of updates you will keep seeing as Bioscreencast.com grows and evolves. Adding support for Internet Explorer was at the top of the list and we all need to thank Suresh for doing such a marvelous job of turning this around as quickly as he did.

Last but certainly not the least. Bioscreencast.com will only go where you, the users and producers will take it. So I encourage anyone who does computational life science to download Camstudio and start screencasting. If you want to learn how, just visit the wiki or check out one of the screencasting tutorials.

Bioscreencast.com got picked as an Editor’s Pick at Yahoo Gallery, and was the featured pick for a while. As you might guess, that made us all very proud of our star developer.

Sometime last year, inspired by Jon Udell, one of us recorded his first screencast. Today, we are pleased to announce that we have gone from one simple screencast on the NCBI to a fully functional website that brings screencasts relevant to biologists to your computer screens. We all recognize the difficulties in learning software and web-based tools via printed manuals. Screencasts are a powerful medium that overcome many of the limitations of printed manuals, providing a more realistic experience. Bioscreencast.com is a website dedicated to allowing life scientists to capture their experiences with their favorite software tools and online resources and share them with the rest of the community.

Bioscreencast.com kicks off with a large amount of content that has been recorded by us. It will give you a sense of the kinds of videos you can upload and expand upon and hopefully will help you in your own daily activities. This is just the beginning. Our goal is to make this site the premier web resource for community-based screencasts on the software and web apps that all of us love (and hate) to use.

This is a labor of love and we are happy to hear what you think about it. In true internet fashion, Bioscreencast.com is still in beta, so all kind of feedback is welcome, including content ideas, bug reports and we are always happy to get a pat on the back.

Some key links that you should peruse before you jump in

Terms of Service
Privacy Policy
A FAQ
A wiki

The wiki in particular will be a dynamic area where you can get tips on screencasting and other relevant material. Happy Screencasting!!!