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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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.

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.

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.

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.