Give your Print Screen key a se­ri­ous up­grade.

APC Australia - - Contents - Cat El­lis


Screen­shot Cap­tor, from Do­na­tion-Coder, is just about the most pow­er­ful free screen cap­ture tool you can down­load. It’s thought­fully de­signed and packed with op­tions that will make your life eas­ier, what­ever you need screen grabs for.

Although it’s avail­able as both in­stal­lable and por­ta­ble ver­sions for Win­dows XP and later, cur­rently there’s noth­ing avail­able for Mac or Linux, so this is a Win­dows ex­clu­sive.

It lets you cap­ture your whole screen, a se­lected area, an in­di­vid­ual win­dow, or even the con­tent from a scrolling win­dow — a fea­ture you won’t find in any other free screen cap­ture soft­ware. Screen­shot Cap­tor can even cap­ture stills from your we­b­cam, or im­port im­ages di­rectly from your scan­ner.

If all that isn’t enough, you can also im­port im­ages from your scan­ner di­rectly into Screen­shot Cap­tor’s im­age ed­i­tor, neatly by­pass­ing sev­eral steps that would nor­mally be nec­es­sary for tasks like im­port­ing and an­no­tat­ing con­tracts.

Once in­stalled, Screen­shot Cap­tor ap­pears as an icon in your sys­tem tray and a desk­top wid­get. You can ei­ther use this to choose a cap­ture op­tion, or use a cus­tomis­able key­board short­cut.

Screen­shot Cap­tor’s toolkit in­cludes op­tions for black­ing out sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion like pass­words and user­names, and high­light­ing im­por­tant ar­eas. There’s a comprehensive set of wa­ter­mark­ing tools, plus all the brush, text, se­lec­tion and shape tools you’d ex­pect from a ba­sic photo ed­i­tor.

Be­fore you can in­stall and use Screen­shot Cap­tor, you need to re­quest a free six-month key from the de­vel­oper or gen­er­ate your own three-month key. This sys­tem is de­signed to en­cour­age users to con­sider mak­ing a do­na­tion, but if you can hold out for 12 months you’ll be able to gen­er­ate one for free.

This screen cap­ture soft­ware is ex­tremely im­pres­sive, though users may want to be mind­ful that mak­ing a do­na­tion gives “guaranteed life­time to site con­tent with no re­cur­ring charges ever, re­gard­less of any fu­ture changes to site pol­icy”, im­ply­ing that Screen­shot Cap­tor may not be free for per­sonal use in­def­i­nitely if vol­un­tary con­tri­bu­tions aren’t enough to sus­tain it.

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