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Five Apps: Advanced screen capture

Five apps for screen capture in Windows

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The ability to combine written words with pictures or videos helps convey the exact message you are looking to present. For instance, if you are working on a software user's guide, screenshots can show your clients exactly what you mean in a particular context. Although the Windows Snipping utility that comes bundled in Windows since Vista might qualify and work fine for your needs, you might also be looking for features like extra editing functionality and recording capabilities. Here are five apps that act as proper extensions of any basic screen capture system.

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10 comments
Janswi
Janswi

An interesting article but what was included in the 5 suggested as I am unable to access the list?  I have used the free "Gadwin Print Screen"  for years and found it excellent. The mouse cursor can be included in the shot if desired amongst other options.

Allan.C.Lewis.W80
Allan.C.Lewis.W80

Good article. 

I want to mention the screen capture tool I have been using for years, HyperSnap, which I find to be great.  I am not affiliated with the firm or product, just thought you and others should consider it.

mathieu.boonen
mathieu.boonen

What a waste of time, use the default apps in Windows 7,  in start menu, search, type in "sniping tool", excellent screen scrape capabilities, or if you want to record steps to reproduce a problem. do the same start search for "record steps to reproduce a problem". it does the automatic screen scrape and documents the button push etc  users can add comments etc then automatically saves to a zip file you can forward on, be careful not to record too much these files grow fast...

dvsit
dvsit

CamStudio is the Best because it is SIMPLE!

randysmith
randysmith

Thanks "jonkk" for the actual link.  So frustrating when tech blogs need editing/correction, but the authors move on to something else and never look back to the comments!

john.white
john.white

The links don't work for me either.  I've tried both IE and Firefox.  And I don't find this layout user friendly either...

finder
finder

The ongoing use of this stupid gallery layout in articles is frustrating. Half the time the links don't work (like now) and the other half the content is so fractured it's hard to make comparisons or draw conclusions. I know it's used to increase the number of clicked pages (and therefore ad revenue), but when people stop clicking altogether, where will you get your money?

Abandon this terrible layout! Please!

frank.vansevers.ctr
frank.vansevers.ctr

Where is the list of the 5 products, all this is very fancy but not at all user friendly.  /s/ Frank in Florida