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5 macOS screen capture apps that make sharing important info a snap

Taking a screenshot isn't hard, but making use of them can be a lot trickier. Here are five apps for your Mac that can make your screen captures far more functional.

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Those who use macOS may know how to take screenshots: Command+Shift+3 for the full screen or Command+Shift+4 to select just a portion. It's simple and effective but there simply aren't any options beyond snapping a shot.

Screenshots are incredibly useful for sharing an issue with IT, giving design feedback, editing, and a variety of tasks. To make the process easier annotation is key and these five apps for macOS make it possible.

Jing

Jing is simple to use, has a minimal interface, and comes with a variety of markup tools. It also does something that other screen capture apps don't: it can take videos of a select part of the screen.

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Choosing between a video and a still shot is simple, but unfortunately you can't annotate videos. Regardless, it's dead simple to use and sharing videos/screenshots is elementary as well.

Skitch

Evernote users will find Skitch to be a great option: it's owned by Evernote and has integration built right in.

Taking screenshots with Skitch isn't too difficult, though its interface is a bit confusing compared to other screen capture apps. The one standout feature of Skitch? A really effective redaction tool.

LightShot

Easily the most minimal of the five apps, LightShot lives on your menu bar as a tiny little feather icon, only doing anything when you press Shift+Command+9 or click on the icon. Your screen immediately dims, and you can drag to select a certain square of your display to take a picture of.

Markup tools appear once you've selected the area, as do saving, uploading, printing, and social share buttons. LightShot is the easiest to use and the most graceful of the apps in this article—it has my vote as the one to install.

TinyTake

TinyTake functions just like the other screen capture apps mentioned above with one big restriction: you have to have an account and be signed it.

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There is a reason behind this restriction, though: You get a simple online portfolio where you can publish screenshots to make sharing super simple—just provide a link to whoever needs it.

Marker

Marker has the distinction of being the only non-free screen capture tool in the list, but it's included for a reason.

Marker is all about integration: It features plugins for Trello, GitHub, Slack, and Jira. To make it even more useful relevant information about the computer the screenshot was taken on is included in each picture: Great for troubleshooting and bug hunts.

Marker starts at $19/monthly (billed annually) for a bundle of five licenses. It definitely isn't a tool for the lone person needing to take screenshots: This is a piece of enterprise software that's designed precisely for enterprise needs.

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About Brandon Vigliarolo

Brandon writes about apps and software for TechRepublic. He's an award-winning feature writer who previously worked as an IT professional and served as an MP in the US Army.

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