18 Tools You Must Try For Taking Screenshots
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Screenshots! These handy snippets have become indispensable to our daily business as well as personal life. Considering how mandatory they are for everyone in these modern times, every OS and a well-designed game, make sure to deliver a built in feature where screenshots are facilitated. However, capturing a screen is one thing, but the ability of highlighting the content is another. There are many third party editing tools available to annotate our snippets each having their own uses in a business workflow. But when we have to take screenshots, we get confused which tool to use. Some tools are dedicated to taking best possible screenshots of whole desktop screen yet some are browser based capable of taking screenshots of the webpages opened in the browsers. Some have ability to integrate with your development process, where as some are so useful that there integration ability can be easily overlooked.
Confusing, isn’t it? To solve this dilemma we have come up with a curated list of top 18 tools that will help you to take screenshots.
The name says it all! With over 2 million users this browser based extension is available on chrome and firefox allowing you to capture any or every part of a website. Besides capturing, it helps to add notations, share with single click uploads, blur sensitive information. It also provides customizable keyboard shortcuts. Supported formats for saving images are .JPG and .PNG. You may also save the image on their cloud storage space for free. All the premium features have now been made free to avail.
TechSmith Snagit is one of the paid service providers but they do provide you a one month free trial to be addictive, after that you ought to pay. They follow a volume discount business pricing. This tool is a one stop shop for a business with extensive needs and is definitely worth the price if the number of users in your firm are high in volume. It delivers numerous inbuilt photo editing and annotation tools. You get to record image and video, edit text and add comments, shapes, and pointers. Exporting and uploading can be done in a jiffy onto social media platforms, FTP programs. Fun part is you can even create animated GIFs on any short screen recording. They provide a lot more features, know more from their website.
It is cross browser testing platform with an in-built feature of screenshot.
You get a dialog box where you type in the URL of your desired website. You get to select a total of 25 browsers for a single test! Once you choose the desired browsers and their versions, all you need to do is click on Capture. Tada!! You get all the screenshots you need in a single page. Each screenshot is taken in a real machine running the selected OS and browser. Once captured:
- You can edit or annotate the screenshots with the help of their image editor.
- Download all(Zip) button will download all the screenshots in your system in a single click.
- One-click Bug logging – A button Mark as Bug is provided on every screenshot which helps in labelling the bug and prioritizing it before saving it in your cloud library.
- Integrations – LambdaTest allows you to integrate with
This helps you to push issues directly to your respective accounts on the associated channels. This feature is very useful in hastening release process.
LambdaTest have also released their Chrome Extension and WordPress Plugin for capturing full-page screenshots. If you want to know how to use them. Just follow our concise YouTube videos for the same:
This is another creation of Techsmith group and is referred as a sibling of Snagit. This is a free of cost tool and has a lot of resemblance with SnagIt. You can save images in the computer, you can also upload images and video captures to Screencast.com. Like SnagIt, you get to share your image or video on a variety of social media services too. Short screen recording is facilitated here as well. However, it is not meant for heavy duty business. You can add text, shapes and other minor edits. In order to use Jing the user needs to create a Screencast account.
A free of cost, light-weighted tool with high compatibility for capturing screens in Windows with download size of around 600 KB. You can capture the entire screen, a particular window or a particular section of your screen with the help of 3 hotkey shortcuts. You can even capture scrolling web pages in full from IE. This tool allows you to save the image on either clipboard or you may specify the exact folder and format in which you would want to save it. One of its key feature allows you to export the screenshots directly to your default image editor or printer.
All-in-one design tool for everyone. Featuring a robust capture tool with an easy to use UI with a lot of handy features. This tool is categorized for home users and professional. It’s free of cost tool for home users. For professionals they charge $29.99 USD wherein they provide auto updates, lifetime upgrades, technical support and no advertisement.
It is also a web browser based extension brought up by firefox to capture screens on the go. This tool is available in chrome, mozilla firefox and IE. You can capture full web page, edit and annotate them. You can upload images to social media sites or can save the image inside local storage in the format JPEG / PNG. It is similar to Awesome Screenshot in many ways but it facilitates an additional feature where you canallow Fireshot to open your favourite external image editor automatically when a screen is captured.
Another browser based extension available in chrome, firefox and also as a Windows desktop application. Besides capturing web page and editing them, Nimbus helps to record screencasts. A user friendly alternative for Awesome Screenshot. Premium users can convert video to MP4 and GIF. They are also allowed to publish their screencasts to Youtube and Google Drive.
A freeware with a variety of screen capture options and built-in editing tools. You can capture the entire screen, a particular window or a particular section of your screen. You can even pull images from a scanner and can crop, rotate, blur or annotate after that. Although this is a freeware, you still need to sign up to DonationCoder’s forum for a license key. Interface looks a little old fashioned but it is easy to use.
A multipurpose screen snipping as well as pasting tool which allows you to capture entire windows or selections. Furthermore you can edit, annotate or paste it back onto the desktop as a floating image window. Includes numerous features like magnifier, color picker, image editor and basic annotation tools, shapes, pointers etc.
Became popular as a flexible screen capture application on OS X, with built in annotation editing tools making it a superb desktop productivity aid. Allows you to capture entire windows or selections with a magnifier to aid pixel accuracy. You can edit and save screencaps locally or you can upload images to Monosnap and share them with provided URLs.
A hotkey facility is provided to take a screencap of the entire desktop, or a selection. Built in miniature editor to help with highlights, notes and annotations. Users can upload their screencaps to printscrn.com in order to facilitate an online gallery, link sharing and online backup by creating a free account with them.
A screen capturing workhorse with a tiny user interface. This paid tool for windows can capture multiple windows, regions, and multi-level menus. Other than detail editing options, this tool also includes an effective screencast took that supports audio. Has a built in color picker for easy color sampling. To know more visit their website.
Free built in feature developed by Microsoft which is simply accessible from Start Menu of almost every Windows device albeit Windows 7+, Vistas or tablet edition. Basic functionality allows you to capture the whole screen or an individual window. Provides simple and basic editing functions like highlighting and writing on your snippets. A great choice to have on your system if your screen capture needs are not high demanding.
A versatile software that offers screencapper, video recorder, and image manipulation tool. Allows you to capture entire windows or selections. Furthermore you can edit, annotate the video or image with arrows, shape, text etc. Besides storing in local storage, images can be stored in an online cloud gallery for ease of access. Free version has a limitation of a 5 minute-long video captures, a 2 GB online storage cap.
Skitch is basically a screenshot editing and sharing application with various annotating options. It is an extension of Evernote application, along with which it provides users with fast image sharing options across social media platforms. This tool is accessible for both desktop and smartphones, for Windows, Mac, android and iOS.
ShareX is an open source software easily downloadable for Windows, also available on Microsoft Store. Along with screenshot and screencasting it has video-capturing features all in a single click. Just like any other basic snipping tool, it can be used to capture full screen or partial screenshots. Captured screenshots can be annotated and edited using the built-in ShareX image editor and further shared across emails and social media websites.
A tool that helps you share screenshots very conveniently. It screencaps your desktop, active window or a selected area and then “pushes” it online to user’s account, with instant creation of a short URL in user’s clipboard- for easy sharing. A major downside to this tool is that it doesn’t come with annotation tools. But if you are looking to easily share images in an online format then Puush is definitely worth a shot.
These in my opinion are the top 17 tools for screenshots. Hope this blog was useful to you. Happy Snipping!
Written by Harshit Paul
Harshit is a Digital Marketing Executive and a Tech Blogger at LambdaTest
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