iorad – “the tutorial builder” is a little known tool that produces big results when it comes to training and creating tutorials.
What is iorad?
iorad is a web or desktop application that records your actions within a browser to create an instant tutorial that can be edited and shared with others. Unlike a screen recording, which records all movement, sound, buffering, etc., iorad records actions and turns them into interactive steps.
The application pays close attention to what you are clicking (or dragging, or scrolling…), highlights the area, and creates a written instruction for the learner (example: “Click the Settings button in the main menu”). While the user does have the options to view the steps as a video, iorad’s default mode is Try It! The Try It! mode requires users to physically complete the instruction before moving onto the next step.
Here’s an example. In this iorad tutorial, you will learn how to create a folder in Google Drive:
How to create a new folder in Google Drive.
1. The first step is to open My Drive and click the New button.
2. Click Folder.
3. Type a name for your new folder.
4. Click Create.
5. Your folder will now show in the list of folders and files.
That’s it. You’re done.
Here’s an interactive tutorial
** Best experienced in Full Screen (click the icon in the top right corner before you begin) **
This tutorial opens in Try It! mode by default. Clicking on the menu in the top right will open up other options for viewing: View It, Slide It, Watch It, and Print It. Users have the option to switch modes to fit their individual needs.
Want to see more examples? Try some of these iorad tutorials:
- Google Keep – How to Change a Note to a List
- Google Slides – Edit a Theme in Google Slides
- Google Classroom – How to Customize Notifications
iorad is great for trainers, tech coaches, and anyone who needs to quickly create training materials. Ready to try it for yourself? Grab the iorad Chrome extension and start creating!