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Screen capture tools comparison

Capturing your computer screen is a terribly handy trick in all sorts of situations, ranging from creating documentation or post.

Everybody knows the first tool that we have with any PC. The print screen key on the keyboard which copies the screen to the clipboard.

But after that, what else? You might need to mark something inside the screenshot. The archaic way is pasting it on the Microsoft paint or another image editor and of course, that’s not the way. In the following section you will find a short list of the best capture tools.


Snipping Tool (Windows, Free) (Rating: 3/10)

Included in Windows 7 and Windows 8, Snipping Tool fits into a perfect niche for many users. For those of you who don’t need high-powered screen capture tools, the basic functionality of Snipping Tool allows you to capture the whole screen, individual windows, or user-specified capture areas. Snipping Tool also has extremely basic editing functions, like the ability to highlight and write on your screen captures. It lacks the more advanced features included in other screen capture tools, but it does a great job filling the gap between the frustrating Print Screen and Paste style screen capture in earlier versions of Windows and more advanced applications. Snipping Tool is a solid choice if you’ve already got it on your system and your screen capture needs are minimal and far between.

PRO àFree
CONS àBasic editing functions, not quick share

Skitch (Windows-Mac, Free) (Rating: 4/10)

It captures your screen, annotates it, draws on it with swanky graphics, and when you’re ready, sharing it online is as easy as saving it to your desktop. If you don’t want to use Skitch.com to share your screenshots, you can just as easily share it with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn. The interface of Skitch is particularly user friendly; nearly all the editing functions are laid out in a ring around your screen capture, making it easy to find the tool you’re looking for.

PRO àGood integration with Evernote.
CONS àBasic editing functions and no changes once they been done.

LightShot (Windows-Mac, Free) (Rating: 6/10)

Light Shot has a single feature. You can edit the screenshot meanwhile you are taking it. Maybe you miss some piece in the screen shot, you don’t need to take another screenshot, just expand the selection and continue editing it. It has also his own host space in the cloud http://prntscr.com.In this way you can share the link wherever you want. It has connections with the social media also. You can install it directly in your desktop or in your browser.
You cannot modify each mark that you do but you have the “undo” feature.

PRO à Plugins for IE, Chrome and Firefox. Editing in place. Fast Sharing on the social media.
CONS à Medium editing functions (You cannot modify the size of the text)

Jing (Windows-Mac, Free) (Rating: 7/10)

Jing is the Spartan baby brother of another screenshot tool, SnagIt, both of which are products produced by software company TechSmith. Jing fills a niche in the screen capture crowd, allowing folks who want to share their screen captures to do so as quickly as possible. When you install Jing and set up an account at Screencast.com. Once you’ve set it up, going from capturing a screenshot or screencast to sharing the URL for your hosted file takes a matter of seconds.

It has another ability: Record your screencasts in SWF with your voice (you will need to Flash) and share it at Screencast.com

PRO à Better editing functions (change the size of the text, editing the marks, line highlighter). History of your old screenshots.
CONS à You cannot share it with social media directly.

SnagIt (Windows-Mac, 49.95$) (Rating: 8/10)

It’s the most evolved screenshot system. SnagIt helps you capture both still images and grab frames from video. You can capture your entire screen or regions of it, and thanks to a robust profile system, you can create profiles for all manner of capture techniques. Whether you only want to generate a screen capture after a menu is activated or you want every screen capture to be automatically uploaded to a server or application, you can create a SnagIt profile to fit your purpose. On top of the highly customizable feature set, SnagIt offers a built in editor for annotating your screenshots and adding basic effects. The app’s screenshot organizer keeps your grabs in order with date, name, and tag-based searching. SnagIt also has the ability to easily capture images from objects that are larger than the screen.

Finally, you can find the official app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone to take pictures and send them directly to SnagIt.

PRO à The best.
CONS àThe price. There is no way to synchronize with Dropbox.