Give ’em a Shot: Screen Captures
Do you frequently capture screenshots for use in presentations, online tutorials, and printed materials? Gone are the days when creating good screen captures meant struggling with complicated image editing software. Here are three tools designed to give your screenshots some extra pizazz.
SnagIt – for a professional look
This screenshot was created with SnagIt, a commercial product from TechSmith.
When using SnagIt to capture images, you can:
- Select the whole screen, a region of the screen, a single window, or a scrolling window
- Capture only text, only objects, or preserve the links within a screen capture
- Set a timer to delay the capture. This gives you time to set up a shot (to select an item from a drop-down menu, for example).
With the SnagIt Editor, you can:
- Trim and crop
- Add borders and edge effects
- Add annotations
- Draw arrows, shapes, and highlights
- Spotlight and magnify a selected area
A single-user SnagIt license costs $49.95. A 30-day free trial is available.
Jing – for screenshots on the fly
Jing is available as a free download from TechSmith. Images captured with Jing open in a very basic editing interface where they can be annotated, highlighted, and shared.
The creators of Jing wanted to develop a tool that would fit easily into the workflow and encourage visual communication online. Images captured with Jing can be saved to your local computer, but they can also be sent directly to a Flickr account, posted to the web at screencast.com, or dropped into an e-mail or instant message.
Kwout – to preserve the links
This screen shot, created with Kwout, shows a list of languages for which glaucoma information is available in MedlinePlus:
Scroll over the image above and click on a language. Kwout, which is free to use, captures screenshots with image maps so that links are preserved. “Kwouts” can be annotated, increased or decreased in size, and decorated with borders and backgrounds. Kwout produces code you can use to embed (copy and paste) your screenshot into another web page or a blog.
What is your favorite way to produce a screenshot?