About Matt Pierce

Matt Pierce is the Customer Engagement Manager (Training, Technical Writing and Technical Support) at TechSmith. You can follow him at @piercemr He's many things to many people: husband, dad to 4, scout leader, instructional designer, lover of board games, and oh, so much more. His current favorite spot on earth is the area surrounding St. John's Newfoundland. His secret talent is interpreting board game instructions.

From flat to phat: New Camtasia feature drops the needle on screencasts

TechSmith has never been an organization to shy away from innovation and being on the cutting edge. Sometimes this is a blessing, because it gives our customers access to amazing tools, features and opportunities. Other times, we’re just too early to market and we’ve solved problems that haven’t been recognized as problems yet. At the end of the day, we keep pushing forward, because we want to make amazing products that help you communicate and educate in better ways, especially visually. With Continue reading

Next Vista for Learning, Rushton Hurley Interview: Forge Episode 35

One of the best parts of working on the Forge is the amazing people I get to meet. Many of them are working to help change their little part of the world for the better. This month's guest is right up there. I first met Rushton Hurley of Next Vista for Learning through TechSmith colleague Jason Valade, who recommended Rushton as a potential judge for the 2012 ScreenChamp awards. We ended up connecting for that event, and he was a great judge with insightful comments. I knew at that point I wanted Continue reading

Capturing your past with Technology: Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems

Whether we like it or not; our past and, in particular, our ancestors have a place in shaping who we are - be that by of overcoming challenges or maintaining a legacy. For this reason, many of us find that learning more about our ancestors is a fascinating and interesting puzzle. Who are we? Where did we come from? What was the life of our many-times-great ancestor like? This week, TechSmith will be making a showing at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, the largest family history conference Continue reading

Interview with Andreas Pilz, German Screencaster: The Forge Episode 32

In our mission to bring you ideas, tips, and thoughts about visual communication and screencasting on the Forge, we occasionally find ourselves outside the studio with interesting people who are putting these thoughts into action. It just so happens that when I was attending Online Educa Berlin in December, I met up with Anton Bollen, TechSmith's German Evangelist, and Andreas Pilz, a Professional Screencaster (yes, that's his job). While talking over a bit of dinner, we decide to record some of Continue reading

What’s New at TechSmith: A Mobile App & Google Drive Integration – Find Out More on Episode 32 of The Forge

If you haven't already heard, November 19th was a big day around TechSmith! Updated versions of the products, a new mobile app, and the official release of TechSmith Snagit for Google Chrome - not to mention a bunch of great new content on TechSmith.com. Watch the Recording! Episode 32 of The Forge To help you sort through it all, Brian Bennett, TechSmithie and host of the Chalk Star to Rock Star podcast on the EdReach Network, joined me to help co-host a special episode of the Forge. Can't Continue reading

Filming with the iPhone 5s – The Forge Episode 31

Yes, yes... I know that this particular episode is skimming under the wire to still technically be an October episode, but we think it's worth the wait! Can't see the video? Watch it on YouTube. We've been super busy with projects this month, which has put a bit of a crunch on production of The Forge. After the guest I wanted got busy and had to postpone, I realized just how critical time had become, and knew I had to find another angle for production... And this one is definitely different. Earlier Continue reading

The Forge – Interview with Lee LeFever of Common Craft

Woah! The Forge is back!! We're starting our 4th year and we've got a great episode for you. Can’t see the video? Watch it on YouTube! So, in the course of your everyday life, do you ever need to explain anything? Do you find that easy? Difficult? Frankly, if you're a marketer, trainer, business owner, parent, partner - you're explaining things, probably multiple times a day. Sometimes the stakes are low, but what about when the stakes are really high? Do you know how to communicate Continue reading