Retired technology enthusiast and computer geek Steve Jobs are often attributed with creating the Mac, the first "intelligent" personal computer. Jobs based his idea on a Xerox PARC system he worked on as a college student in the early days. Though the Mac differs somewhat from the PARC system in many ways, including its use of hardware, it is widely considered the ancestor of the Mac, or at least the first Mac.
In the late eighties, the original "jing" computer screen capture system became the TechSmith Jupiter. At first, the Jing concept was not based on a camera, but instead on an electronic paper tape recorder. Eventually, the TechSmith Company released the much improved "Jing Capture Pro" in the eighties, which introduced the first real-time, multitasking computer screen capture system. The Jing brand was introduced in the nineties, initially for PC video recorders and "digital cameras," and later evolved to include Mac compatible systems.
The earliest model of Jing is the Jupiter-X, a desktop model that did not incorporate a special recording device. A year later, the company introduced a version known as the Jing Card that included a camera with the ability to capture up to eight computer monitors. In recent years, the company has released versions that can record two, four, six, eight, ten and twelve monitors. A recent addition to the range is the Jing Real Projects Camera, which is capable of simultaneously recording one up to four projectors; the real projects camera is also capable of simultaneously recording four projectors, a DVD player, up to twelve audio channels, and USB ports.