It came with Photoshop 10 Express, Autocad SketchBook Express and Corel Painter Sketch Pad. They all seem like great tools for creating/modifying art and photos. Is there a better application for drawing using the Wacom Intuos4 for the purpose of teaching, like they do at Khan Academy?

  • Maybe look for some kind of presentation/whiteboard app? OpenOffice Impress might work. Commented Dec 2, 2012 at 16:35
  • This is a bit difficult to answer. First of all, none of these bring any features to the table, when it comes to making videos ( Other than: You probably would want to use a program that is popular ). Secondly Photoshop ( Creative suite ), Corel Painter ( 12 / other major versions. I guess sketch pad is some lite'ish version ) and Sketchbook ( Pro version. ) are all great at what they do. I think that the program that you would use to make the video is what might make the most difference here.
    – Joonas
    Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 8:00
  • @Joonas - I'll be using Camtasia for screen recording.
    – at.
    Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 9:24
  • It's funny because now I don't know what to say. Well, You might want to give Screenflow a try. I have used both, but I can't remember which was better. Camtasia for mac has not been around as long as screenflow, but camtasia has been around a long time in windows. I can't seem to find a way to answer your question.
    – Joonas
    Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 9:53
  • @Joonas - I'm using a PC
    – at.
    Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 17:30

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This article tells what Khan Academy uses for their screencast presentations:

  1. Initially, Sal used Screen Video Recorder + MS Paint.
  2. Now, he uses Camtasia Studio + Smooth Draw.

Despite what the article implies, he most likely used a Bamboo or similar tablet for all of the videos.

But I would still recommend using something that is more like a slideshow/presentation format. Sketchbook would work well since:

  • It supports all the basic drawing/whiteboard-type functions with very natural-looking brushes and pencils, markers, etc.
  • It supports layers, so you can easily group doodles/sketches and edit/remove them individually.
  • It has a ruler/compass tool and grid lines that can help you draw charts and graphs.
  • You can navigate across different documents in a manner similar to a slide deck.
  • It's got a very simple/light-weight/intuitive interface.

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