We have been writing a lot about image editing techniques and software. And if you must have noticed we use images to explain the tutorials. Such screenshots help us in explaining things in a better manner instead of explaining them through words.
The most common method to take screenshot is by using PRINT SCREEN key and then pasting the image in paint. After that one can extract the desired portion. Whereas there are 3 in-built methods to take Print screen in Mac. Now there are certain software for Windows and Mac which can save your time and you can conveniently take screenshots of desired image portions directly. We tested 5 such software which are not only effective but are best in this category.
It’s my personal favorite as it is a very special image capturing tool. This application lets you to take screenshot of entire webpage, free hand capture, etc. If you select the image capture option of full webpage, Snagit would scroll down itself and capture the full page for you.
There is an inbuilt image editor which has some great options to modify and edit images with which you can add arrows, annotations, create hotspots and many other effects. Snagit is paid software (US$49.95) and is also available for free trial.
Gadwin PrintScreen is another screen capture software which provides standard options to capture your entire screen or any rectangular region of your choice.
It’s a paid software and do provide one month trial which people can utilize to test this application. The personal license of Gadwin PrintScreen is available for $24.99.
Jing comes with one advanced feature which makes it our favorite and that is it offers recording of screenshots other besides the normal screen capture feature. It also offers other features like getting video feed from system’s webcam and showing the pixel dimensions of the images.
In a nutshell Jing is a highly competent tool which can be used for both taking screenshots and developing screencast. Jing is available in different versions for Mac and Windows users. You can try its trial versions and if you feel to continue using it then it can be purchased for US$14.95 per year.
Greenshot is a very simple and handy application to take screenshots. The downloaded application file is of just 544 KB. Once installed it offers 3 separate hotkeys to capture the screen (open window or particular portion of the screen). You can also choose whether to simply copy the captured image the image to clipboard or to save it in a particular folder.
Greenshot also offers the image format selection where you can save images in your desired format. Other than these options, Greenshot can also send your screenshots directly to default image editor, printer or even it can email. GreenShot is a free Screen capture tool with the mentioned awesome features.
Since you have already got the flavor of Greenshot, PicPick is another free application for taking screenshots. In fact the offerings from PicPick extends more as you can capture a specific region, entire screen, active window, scrolling window and a freehand capture is also possible.
Just like Snagit, PicPick also has an inbuilt image editor where you can use arrows and lines for referencing purpose. For graphic designers there is something more; they can use protractors, pixel rulers and crosshair for designing purpose. PicPick comes free for personal use but if you wish to go commercial use then it will cost $29.99 for 1 license.
So this was our exhaustive list of some excellent tools or applications to take screenshots in Windows 7. You can also refer our tutorial for photo editing software in Mac. If you have something more to add to this then do share with us through your comments.