Screen Capture Tools

No longer do you have to do screen captures by pressing “CTRL + Print Screen”. Well, you can if you want and you just need a very basic screen capture but if you are needing something a little bit more sophisicated I can recommend a few to you which do more than take the normal screen capture. I admit, when I first started doing screen captures I pretty much used the method mentioned above but since that time I have discovered many useful ways to do screen captures with bonus added effects. Now I will be straight with you, some of them might cost you a pretty penny but if you do a lot of screen captures both professionally and personally I figured you might not mind spending a little money so your work can look professional and neat.

The first one that I will mention is called Faststone Screen Capture. This screen capturing tool is actually free for you to use personally but not commercially. If you plan on using it commericially a license will cost you about $20. But for the most part, many of you are doing screen captures for personal or educational purposes so its FREE. Faststone actually has the look and feel of a more expensive software program, which I will mention later on. My favorite thing about Faststone is the ability to place it on your flash drive and carry it wherever you want. Not many software programs allow this kind of service.

Here are some features of Faststone: 

  • A small handy Capture Panel that offers quick access to its capture tools and output options
  • Global hotkeys to activate screen capturing instantly
  • Capture windows, objects, menus, full screen, rectangular/freehand regions and scrolling windows/web pages
  • Capture multiple windows and objects including multi-level menus
  • Options to specify output destination (internal editor, clipboard, file, printer …)
  • Draw annotation objects such as texts, arrowed lines, highlights, watermarks, rectangles and circles
  • Apply effects such as drop-shadow, frame, torn-edge and fade-edge 
  • Add image caption
  • Resize, crop, rotate, sharpen, brighten, adjust colors …
  • Undo/Redo
  • Support external editors
  • Save in BMP, GIF, JPEG, PCX, PNG, TGA, TIFF and PDF formats
  • Send captured images by email
  • Send captured images to Word and PowerPoint documents
  • Send captured images to a Web (FTP) server
  • Screen Color Picker
  • Screen Magnifier
  • Screen Ruler
  • Support multiple monitors
  • Run when Windows starts (optional)
  • Minimize to System Tray area
  • Small footprint in memory
  • And many more …

Another one much worthy to be mentioned is TechSmith’s SnagIt.  As I indicated above, this particular software program will cost you a pretty penny but in my opinion worth every cent (Yes, I purchased it). This screen capturing program is pretty awesome! Here are some details about what this particular program offers:

  • You can capture anything on your screen…from one stationary area to a scrolling window.
  • You can edit your screen capture by using the built in image editor.
  • You can also share, save and print your screen captures

This particular software program will have to be downloaded to your PC. Once you download you can test drive it for 30 days. Once your 30 days has expired you will have to purchase a license in order to continue to use. For pricing information go to TechSmith.

There are other software programs…some you download and others you use from your flash drive or you can download it to your PC AND use it from your flash drive. To be perfectly honest with you, I am not as familiar with these other programs. I have currently downloaded a copy of one that I just recently heard of called, Evans’ AVI Screen Capture. I plan on trying it out in the near future and will report on it here when the time comes.

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