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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Best Screen Capture Tools

A must tool for a daily work on the computer, is a screen-capture that gives you the ability to snap or crop something from your desktop or web, then share it with co-workers, friends, family, etc. There are some good old softwares that can help you with that, such as: Snagit and FastStone, but if you're looking for a simpler solution, free of charge, and one that can connect you with your social life, check out this list:

Desktop client

Recently I downloaded Jing, and was very surprised by its performances. Not only you can snap a picture of anything on your desktop or web, you can also record video of what you do, or what you see. Then, you can share the screenshots via email, IM chats, and blog. You can also, upload them directly to Flickr.

Evernote is like a personal screen capture management - it allows you to capture information from anywhere on the web, using whatever device or platform your find most convenient. The captured info can be searched later on from your computer, web or mobile. You can also share screens with whomever you choose.

ControlC lets you store, save, and share data from your clipboard at your discretion. All content uploaded from your clipboard is encrypted to protect your data completely. However, you can store the data in your account, and share it with the world.

This service allows you to capture and upload desktop area image to the web really fast. Just select the desktop area and it will be uploaded to the Internet. You will receive link to the image and code to use for publishing image on your blog, forum or web site.

Mac users only: Skitch has an impressive application for snap, capture, screenshot anything you want, plus a full editor where you can adjust the picture as you please. Then you can share via IM chat or email, post on Myspace, Flickr, blogs, forums, and more.
Click to watch Skitch's shiny Demo.

Adobe AIR

WebKut, allows you to capture web pages, or parts of them in a very simple way. You can capture the whole webpage or crop part of it. The only feature that missing is sharing. (be sure to check out: Shrink-O-Matic from the same creator)

WebSnapshot is pretty much the same as the other AIR application - you enter a URL, and get a snapshot in the size that you choose (thumbnail, browser size, or full page).

Firefox Extension

Screengrab! makes it easy to save a webpage as an image. With it, you can save anything that you can see in a browser window - from a small selection, to a complete page.
(grabs Flash screens as well)

FireShot - provides a set of editing and annotation tools. Screenshots can be saved to disk (PNG, JPEG, BMP), copied to clipboard, e-mailed and more. All features has described in this screenshot.

I wrote about Kwout a while ago in my blog. I've noticed that since then they added the FireFox plugin which gives you the ability to capture anything from the web, including Flash! Save the file on your machine, or copy it to clipboard. Finally, you get an embed code, which can be used in your web site. In addition, you can post it directly to Flickr or Tumblr. (hopefully, they'll add Twitter as well) - I highly recommend this!

Web Tools
  • ClipClip - is like a scrapbook maker. Click on everything you want from the web (text and images), then share it with rest of ClipClip community or via email. You don't need to download anything, just sign-up and use this bookmarklet.
  • Websnapr- Enter a URL, get a screenshot, It's as simple as that.
  • Thumbalizer - Thumbe your webpage
For Twitter!

How come no one yet thought about the need to capture something, and upload it directly to Twitter?! Well, I kinda find a way to achieve that, with Twitterlights.
Twitterlights is a FireFox plugin that in few clicks enables you to highlight any text you want from the web, and share it via email, post it on your blog, or on Twitter (Yay!) the good part is that it can work with images as well. The bad part is that the plugin is not that cool. In my opinion, it misses some usability... but hey, it's the best I could find right now.

posted by Orli Yakuel at 5:27 PM

10 Comments:

Blogger JernejK said...

nice post! thx for sharing those cool apps!

12:31 AM  
Blogger REDESCAPE said...

Awesome, Great Post. Was looking for alternatives. Thanks Again.

Again like I said on Twitter; Fraps is a great app for gamers.

http://pixellite.com

1:01 AM  
Anonymous Erez said...

I wish there was an app that would combine the sharing capabilities of clip2net and photo editing features of Snagit.
And free of course!

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Ronen said...

Thanks for another useful post.
For me, IrfanView works best, both a very fast image viewer and basic editor and an easy to use screen capture program. Other cool facts - it's free and was downloaded more than 32 million times from download.com.

11:26 PM  
Blogger Alex Williams said...

Orli - Thanks for the comprehensive post about screen capture tools. I'd be curious to hear your thoughts about iterasi. I just wrote a post, looking at your piece here and how iterasi fits in the screen capture world.

I look forward to following your work more often.

9:59 AM  
Blogger friarminor said...

It's about time someone posted on these so i won't have to rely on cached results and also not be bothered with how to store dynamic pages.

Oh, I use the free ed of snapndrag. It does the job for me.

Thanks, Orli.

Best.
alain
morphexchange.com

11:15 AM  
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Awesome, Great Post. Was looking for alternatives. Thanks Again.

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5:08 PM  
Blogger Accelerated-Ideas said...

Great list! Theres a few more to add to the list over at this site:

Screen Capture Freeware

A mixture of freeware and shareware

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Kris Mainieri said...

Killer post... deff a time saver.

I made a related post on a time-saving free little app called Jing. You should check it out: http://www.slowpctips.com/recommended-software/jing-project-review/

Kris Mainieri
http://www.SlowPcTips.com

8:43 AM  

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