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TechRepublic members recommend these screen capture utilities

Including screen shots is a sure-fire way to enhance your training materials, and here are some free and for-fee tools to help you do the job right.


Recently, we featured a thread from the TechRepublic Forums that explained how to use the Windows [Print Screen] key to capture a snapshot of the entire desktop and how to use the [Alt][Print Screen] key to capture the current window. If you needed a more powerful tool than the [Print Screen] key, I recommended trying SnagIt, a commercial product that I use all the time.

Then I received several e-mail messages proclaiming the virtues of some free products you can get on the Web. Although I can’t personally vouch for all of these products, I thought you’d enjoy hearing what your fellow trainers had to say about them.

Capture Express
SKrivane wrote, “A lot of times I just need a portion of the screen captured to insert into my presentations. My favorite program is Capture Express, which is freeware. You can download it from this SoftSeek site .”

Screen Shot Deluxe 2.0
Terry H. wrote, “In using a program at work each day, I needed to be able to print a drop-down menu that contained right above it a unique "batch" number along with a unique number of job numbers below.

“The program I use to do that is from Parsons Technology called Screen Shot Deluxe 2.0 . It costs $29.95, and it allows me to select just that part of the screen that contains the information I want to send to the printer so I have a record of the numbers. Plus, as soon as the area is selected, Screen Shot Deluxe brings up a screen where I can enlarge the text to make it more readable for the printed page. I do this so that if something goes wrong in the "batch" processing of the program after the orders are filed away, I can recreate in the same order and number the work orders in the ‘batch.’ I use it on a WIN 95 machine with Excel 97, Approach 3.02, and another windows-based manufacturing program running concurrently. And Screen Shot Deluxe takes up virtually no resources as a TSR.”

PrintKey2000
John M., MCSE added, “Let me suggest a better tool than SnagIt, PrintKey 2000 . And it is free!”
If you’d like to comment on any of the products mentioned above, or if you’d like to recommend a different product, please post a comment below or send me a note.
Recently, we featured a thread from the TechRepublic Forums that explained how to use the Windows [Print Screen] key to capture a snapshot of the entire desktop and how to use the [Alt][Print Screen] key to capture the current window. If you needed a more powerful tool than the [Print Screen] key, I recommended trying SnagIt, a commercial product that I use all the time.

Then I received several e-mail messages proclaiming the virtues of some free products you can get on the Web. Although I can’t personally vouch for all of these products, I thought you’d enjoy hearing what your fellow trainers had to say about them.

Capture Express
SKrivane wrote, “A lot of times I just need a portion of the screen captured to insert into my presentations. My favorite program is Capture Express, which is freeware. You can download it from this SoftSeek site .”

Screen Shot Deluxe 2.0
Terry H. wrote, “In using a program at work each day, I needed to be able to print a drop-down menu that contained right above it a unique "batch" number along with a unique number of job numbers below.

“The program I use to do that is from Parsons Technology called Screen Shot Deluxe 2.0 . It costs $29.95, and it allows me to select just that part of the screen that contains the information I want to send to the printer so I have a record of the numbers. Plus, as soon as the area is selected, Screen Shot Deluxe brings up a screen where I can enlarge the text to make it more readable for the printed page. I do this so that if something goes wrong in the "batch" processing of the program after the orders are filed away, I can recreate in the same order and number the work orders in the ‘batch.’ I use it on a WIN 95 machine with Excel 97, Approach 3.02, and another windows-based manufacturing program running concurrently. And Screen Shot Deluxe takes up virtually no resources as a TSR.”

PrintKey2000
John M., MCSE added, “Let me suggest a better tool than SnagIt, PrintKey 2000 . And it is free!”
If you’d like to comment on any of the products mentioned above, or if you’d like to recommend a different product, please post a comment below or send me a note.

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