Sketchcast – A New Way To Express Yourself

Sketchcast is an independent project of Patrick Gavin, the CEO of Text Link Ads.

Sketchcasting is a new way to communicate something online by recording a sketch, optionally with your voice speaking. Any sketch can then be embedded on your blog or homepage for people to play-back, and you can also point people to your sketchcast channel (or let them subscribe to your sketchcast RSS feed).

Sketchcasting is new but it’s based on an old principle: the whiteboard (or the napkin in a bar) on which you sketch something to get a concept across… or to just have some fun.

42 thoughts on “Sketchcast – A New Way To Express Yourself”

  1. The Foo says:

    just wondering… are you sure you got your facts right? … the about page says that Sketchast was invented by Richard Ziade, there is nothing in there to say that it is Patrick Gavin’s project. Even Techcrunch didn’t mention anything it.

    1. You seem to be correct. Also this thing is like a whiteboard application with added sound.. problem is sketching is not the fastest way to communicate for most people because not everyone has a tablet pc. So, people just end up making a slideshow presentation – it delivers the same message faster!

    2. John Chow says:

      Richard Ziade is the inventor. Patrick is the investor.

    3. Karthik says:

      And, its not really a new concept, its been around a while. Just that its pretty unknown to most. In fact, I’d run into this service over a month or two ago (even longer) if my memory serves me right.

    4. Chino Yray says:

      well the concept is taken from messengers where you can sketch while you chat or talk to someone over voice. it’s just that this time.. it is recorded.

  2. The Foo says:

    oops i meant … anything LIKE it (in the last sentence above).

  3. Zac Johnson says:

    Cool idea. Sometimes you just want to draw out what you mean, and being able to add audio to it, that’s just a plus!

    1. WarriorBlog says:

      Huh I don’t see as anything “BIG” but it might just work 😉

      1. Zac Johnson says:

        This could do very in niche areas like “drawing” and “sketching” forums, where others teach others how to draw. It’s not precise or in high detail, but can still be beneficial to many.

  4. I can see myself using it on my blog from time to time, kind of reminds me of some of the Facebook applications.

  5. Can see any practical use for it for me, but it is neat.

  6. KingJacob says:

    It interesting though I dont think it will be more efficient in purveying alot of non-visual messages but certainly for visual statements especially when Im discussing a vague scientific Idea Ill use a white board.

  7. GettyCash says:

    Well im not good at sketching.. but it seemed tempting to me tho.

    1. WarriorBlog says:

      I been a long time user of Jing and their program are fantastic 😀 Try it out – it was created by Techsmith by the way.

    2. Word Hugger says:

      thats where years and years of mspaint skills come in!

  8. I prefer the real thing, getting a bigger one this week.

    1. Are you talking plastic surgery?

      Sorry. Couldn’t resist a bit of humour. 🙂

      Love this blog, and all the nice fellowshipping in the commentaries. Rather fun at times.

      1. Word Hugger says:

        LOL, that was the first thing that came to my mind as well, but I decided against my better judgement to say anything.

  9. Zybron says:

    Yeah, I think I would probably just shoot a video if I needed to post a visual element that included audio…maybe that’s just me, though.

  10. Chino Yray says:

    it’s good for sport coaches as well. team up! here’s our play!

    1. Jeff says:

      I can see some cool uses for this – as mentioned above – sports related websites might use it to sketch up some drills or plays, drawing, sketching or designer type sites could use it to get their point across. I am also think about use in the kids websites niche – kids love to draw…

  11. Israel says:

    cool concept. I likey. Are there other ways to sketch?

  12. krillz says:

    there are pages out there, where you can record while you scetch, so this concept isn’t new at all, only difference is that they added audio.

  13. I really can’t see this kicking off. It’s nothing more than a novelty and I have a feeling it will get abused a lot.

  14. Good idea! But it’s a dificult work to Google or another search engine to index the content…

    1. Word Hugger says:

      Yeah, this is the biggest factor of why I would never use it.

  15. Lodewijkvdb says:

    I love this concept, and I started using it a couple of weeks ago already on my blog. It takes quite some time to make them (especially if English is not your mother tongue…), and I’ve had a hard time finding a quiet time and space to record them.

    In the original concept of Rich he talked about other tools to record sketchcasts (artrage and screenrecorders). So this is definitely an easier way of recording. But I like to host my videos on Revver as this is a way of monetizing the videos as well. If there’s something I learned from John Chow, it’s to diversify how you monetize your blog 😛

  16. Interesting revolutionary idea on blogging! 😆 😆 😆
    This could be useful for some types of blogs, when you are trying to explain something, but the old writing about something it will remain one of the best way you can send some information thru the internet.
    For example it’s easier to read a book about something than to see a presentation about what happens. Reading makes you think, this type of media will make lazy, and you wont have to imagine too many things because you will see them there.

  17. Kanute says:

    It could be innovative but it is not a fast way to communicate. You also need the a tablet pc…

  18. What use would you give to it John?

  19. Scoot says:

    I think it’s a good idea, one reason I like it is because it takes up a lot less bandwidth than video. It’ll be good for showing people how to get someplace they’ve never been.

  20. Call me old-fashioned and outdated, but I’ll stick with podcasts and videocasts for a little while longer.

    There are many reasons for this:
    – I don’t do drag shows, so I could only play myself. My wife doesn’t speak English, and those who do are never around when I feel inspired….. 😉
    – My dogs don’t follow sketches, so I’m missing a few extra employees before that is feasible.
    – Under construction
    – Under further development
    – You guessed it.

    Keep up the good work. 🙂

  21. Anything expanding on collaboration (even if it is just prerecorded) is good in my view. This will open up some more media for ads which is good for the investor.

  22. I like it! But I guess there is still some remaining techno development to be done in order to make it work fast enough and otherwise be user friendly. With my personality though, I would try it just for fun 😀

  23. Bob says:

    Sketching technology is not new, was available a few years ago. They have added sound and the ability to embedded to a blog. If they have added character recognition then ts worth something.

  24. Word Hugger says:

    As cool of an idea as this is, I do not think I could stand listening to a lot of bloggers sketch pictures.

  25. Nice idea, bit gimmicky though.

  26. Etienne Teo says:

    This is a nice method if you want o explain something using the visual power.

  27. Old technickue using inovative way to distribute over Internet.

  28. Damn that’s cool! I might have to buy a tablet PC to try it out.

  29. Telemill says:

    Personally, I like Qlipboard, it’s a free software that allows you to do this type of whiteboard drawing with your voice as overlay, but it also allows you to capture photos, and screens and manipulate things, so I don’t have a draw . . . cause I HATE drawing, but I like highlighting stuff and pointing to stuff. For instance, I needed to teach my boss a particular function of Excel. I could basically capture the screen and then draw on it (like you demonstrated above), with my voice giving instruction.

    As stated before, I don’t think this is a new concept and there are a few software programs out there already and is doing it better. I found one and its really helped me work from home (which I love to do).

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