Screen Capture Utilities

September 18, 2010

Last week I asked loyal readers to tell me about their favorite utilities. Two of the suggestions were for utilities that do screen captures. I’ll list the two utilities suggested, talk about another utility you already have and then tell you how I do screen captures….and I do a lot of them.

The first suggestion was for Gadwin Print Screen. It comes in a free version and a low-priced “Professional” version. One thing I noted is that it doesn’t list support for Windows 7. I’m sure it works, this simply tells me it hasn’t been updated in a while. I’ve not used the program so I can’t comment on it beyond what I read on the Web page.

There was also a suggestion for TechSmith’s SnagIt. It is by far the most comprehensive utility for screen captures and I love working with TechSmith products. I haven’t used the latest version, but you can certainly download it and give it a try.

I hope you also realize that Corel CAPTURE, included free with CorelDRAW for as long as I can remember, is also a pretty good screen capture utility. So you may already have the product you need.

OK, I’ve mentioned three products that you can use and I still haven’t talked about what I use to capture over a thousand screen captures a year. I simply use the PrintScreen key on my keyboard. Press alone, it puts the entire screen on the clipboard. If you use it along with the Alt key, you only get the active window on the clipboard. Once on the clipboard, I select New | New From Clipboard in Corel PHOTO-PAINT. Rarely do I need to do anything more. Occasionally I’ll have to do some cropping. But I don’t know of anything the other utilities do that I really need.

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  1. jjohnso5

    I like Snag It.

  2. Special

    I had no idea that holding down the Alt key with Print Screen would limit the capture to the active window. Thanks for that tip! It will save me a lot of time since I have a sedondary monitor.


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