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Five more apps for screen capture in Windows

You can never have too many options for taking pictures of your desktop and windows.

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Last month, I shared with my take on five effective tools for capturing your screen in Windows, and it has attracted quite a few comments with suggestions for different utilities to check out. You can never have too many options for something as seemingly pedestrian as taking pictures of your desktop and windows. For this next round up, here are my five picks sourced straight from the TechRepublic community.

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Five Apps

1. PickPic

This one definitely caught my attention amongst the suggested apps to look at. In addition to effectively snapping in whatever I desired, I could also send files directly over FTP to a remote server, enable automatic file naming (which can include the time, date and computer name), and a plethora of functions which can easily be mapped to hotkeys. Heck, there's even a protractor tool, for measuring angles of objects on screen! A fresh and modern user interface is a nice added touch as well. PickPic is definitely made out to be a winner. PickPic is free for personal use, with a license fee required for commercial use, starting at $21.99 a copy with volume discounts.

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Also read: Five apps for screen capture in Windows


2. FullShot

Part of a good screen capture product is the ability to stay out of the way and be easy to access at all times. FullShot aims to accomplish this task, by integrating key options, like dialog and desktop capture, straight onto the title bars of any window. Need to snap a shot of an error message dialog? No need to precision aim your mouse over the message. Simply click the "W" button and your dialog box will be sent over to the editor just like that. The shortcut buttons don't show up on the resulting output either. FullShot is available for a 30-day trial period, with full usage licenses starting at $49.99.

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3. FastStone

So everyone knows that you can capture content that is directly visible on-screen. But not everyone knows that tools like FastStone can fully capture documents and webpages, including off-screen content. In addition to regular image snagging capabilities, you can acquire an image of an entire scrolling file or online resource with a few simple button clicks. The process can be automatic or you can perform a custom scroll operation, so that only the content you scroll to will be copied out. FastStone is available for a 30-day trial period, then for $19.95 thereafter.

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4. PrintKey-Pro

File this one under the oldie-but-goodie department. Based on its popular predecessor, PrintKey2000, PrintKey-Pro is a rather capable app. With regular, selection, and timer-delay capture also comes configurable hotkeys and an accessible system tray icon for good measure. You can also print directly to a printer after capture and send through email right from the main window too. PrintKey-Pro is available for a 30-day trial period, then for $19.95 thereafter.

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5. Ashampoo Snap 6

And lastly, Ashampoo, a purveyor of fine software products, with generous free licensing for older versions of their commercial titles, offers the minimalistic Snap 6. You can access all capture functionality through a toolbar that tucks itself away at the top of your screen. You can capture video, scrolling pages of content in web browsers, enhanced image editing, and multi-shot. Snap 6 is available as trialware for 40-days, then $19.99 for use thereafter.

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26 comments
daniel clark
daniel clark

I have used  grabilla it is a is very full-featured and efficient screen capturing software . I really like the capability to capture directly to the  ms windows.

daniel clark
daniel clark

I have used  grabilla it is a is very full-featured and efficient screen capturing software . I really like the capability to capture directly to the  ms windows.

pliedtka
pliedtka

Imagine   By Nyam from Korea - freeware and with better pic resolution than Win8Photo Viewer.

jd
jd

I have been using FastStone Capture for almost a decade, back before it cost $$, but it is by far the fastest, easiest and I believe most powerful screen capture program.  It has taken my documentation to the next level and I've purchased "lifetime" licenses for myself and my team!

j.baig
j.baig

I have been using pick pic. Got used to of using Snag it at work and wanted a free alternative for home. Love it. I have used a few free apps for screenshot and I found pick pic to be the best.

rpolunsky
rpolunsky

I've used Gadwin PrintScreen for about 4 years now.  It doesn't have a hook to send to email (unless that's been added lately) but it's solid and free.  There's a Professional version but I've never really needed any extras.

billfranke
billfranke

I just downloaded and used PickPic. Very good. Free for personal use, and I'm retired, so it's no more or less commercial than any other program that offers a free version for private use and a paid version for enterprise (large or small) use. I liked very much that I could put a box around what I wanted to capture and then copy it to the clipboard and paste it ( a PNG file) into Gmail without having to import it into a very-easy-to-use graphics editor first. Saved me a lot of time and trouble. I'll try some of the others mentioned by the folks who commented on other free programs. 

bmerc
bmerc

PRTSCRN

ALT-PRTSCRN


Always available, nothing to install, nothing to buy. 


matt
matt

$50 to screen capture? Does someone actually come and grab your monitor?

Ontario Canada
Ontario Canada

SnagIt is very full-featured and reliable. I really like the ability to capture directly to Word when I'm putting together documents.

amesoner
amesoner

I wish I could see MWSnap on the list above (http://www.mirekw.com/winfreeware/mwsnap.html) even if I am looking for one which can convert "black" backgrounds to "white" as we had this function at a legacy unix tool of "xv". If someone knows a freeware with that function please share the info here.

thanks,

Soner

compugal
compugal

I recommend  using Wisdom Screen Hunter, one of the best program to capture screen pictures. Another advantage is that the program is free 

amj2010
amj2010

And now the free ones........... 

Joey Indolos
Joey Indolos

I've used Snagit before, and I'm currently using Mr. Snappy.  But in a pinch I still use the built-in Print-Screen key to capture the screen (or Alt-Print-Sceen to capture the current window), then paste it into MS Paint.  Judicious use of selection, dragging, and Image menu commands to resize, gives me the specific image that I need.

Of course, it's kludgy and clumsy work, and nowhere as convenient as any of these utilities.  But as I said, I use it in a pinch, e.g., if I do support work at a client's unit that doesn't have any such utilities, or if I'm at a critical server where non-server-related software are not allowed to be installed.

guy
guy

SNAPASHOT

mckameh1
mckameh1

So many free apps exist - why have you chosen only commercial ones?

For me the best one is still the free CLCL.

kmb
kmb

I'm using SnagIt, the best.  :)

Rescenin
Rescenin

I use HyperSnap, the best one.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

In the past two months, we have listed 10 solid screen capture apps - do you have any more app suggestions in this category?

TheBrass
TheBrass

@bmerc 

PRT SCR is what I use also, and it has no adware popups : )