Hav­ing screen cap­ture prob­lems? Paul loves this un­der­rated gem

Mac Format - - RATED | MAC APPS -

You’d think tak­ing the per­fect screen­grab would be rel­a­tively easy, but de­spite OS X’s built-in tools and a wide range of third-party screen cap­ture apps promis­ing all kinds of bells and whis­tles, only one floats my boat – and it’s com­pletely free to boot!

In­stan­tShot! is re­spon­si­ble for all the screengrabs I use in MacFor­mat. It gives me com­plete con­trol over what gets grabbed: en­tire screens, se­lected re­gions or all (or part) of an ap­pli­ca­tion win­dow. Cru­cially for me, it al­lows me to in­clude the mouse cur­sor in my shots – great for work­ing with tu­to­ri­als – which is of­ten a fea­ture miss­ing from other apps.

The app is also in­fin­itely cus­tomis­able, al­low­ing you to de­lay shots with a timer or shoot mul­ti­ple snaps au­to­mat­i­cally at set in­ter­vals. You can re­size grabs once taken and au­to­mat­i­cally save them to a spec­i­fied folder us­ing a pre-de­fined nam­ing con­ven­tion too. It makes screen cap­ture sim­ple and per­forms ad­mirably.

In­stan­tShot! has al­ways done what I’ve asked of it, and while it’s no longer ac­tively de­vel­oped, there are oc­ca­sional up­dates to squash bugs and en­sure it re­mains com­pat­i­ble with the lat­est ver­sions of OS X. If you’re still hunt­ing for a ver­sa­tile – yet amazingly free – app for grab­bing your desk­top, I can’t rec­om­mend In­stan­tShot! highly enough.

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