Nov 2, 2007

Take Screen Shots Like a Pro

Back on Tuesday, July 31st I posted an article about a free screen shot software that was recommended by Commodore 64 over at Ask The Admin. This screen shot software worked, and was pretty easy to use. For me though, it wasn't much better than doing Alt+Print Screen and pasting it into Microsoft Paint.

There is a commercial screen shot program that a lot of people are familiar with is called SnagIt. Like most commercial software, it isn't free. That doesn't bode well for cheap skates like you and me though does it?

Today I ran into a free screen capture utility that I used once a long time ago and forgot about. It is called Screenshot Captor. This one is actually pretty good, and in my humble opinion is right up there with SnagIt. You can crop the image down, hi-light things with circles, put in arrows and many other things you would expect to do with the commercial big boys. Here are some key features from their website:

  • Optimized for taking lots of screenshots with minimal intervention.

  • Smart autonaming of files, and ability to embed textual comments in files.

  • Good multi-monitor support.

  • Highly configurable to make it work the way you want it to; stays out of your way in the system tray.

  • Lots of capture modes: Multimon (multiple monitors), Desktop, Active Window, Region, Windows Object. Each mode has a hotkey for quick access.

  • Unique Cool Effects, including automatic active window enhancement.

  • Unsurpassed support for 3rd party user configurable tools, including file browsers and image editors; extend the program to do whatever you need by interfacing it with other programs.

  • Slimline sidebar file browser provides full shell operations.

  • Optional automatic image file versioning.

  • Seamless integration with Unicode Image Maker tool.

  • Automatically finds boundaries of non-rectangular/themed windows.

  • Autoscroll capture for windows too big for screen.

  • Deluxe thumbnail maker.

  • Quick PostCapture PopUp Dialog.

  • Quick Screenshot Emailer Menu.

  • The only thing I don't like about this program is that you have to register for a free software license to use it. Only a minor inconvenience though. Hardly a deal breaker.

    Do you have a favorite screen capture program? Hit me up in the comments!

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