Two Excellent Screen Capture Tools I Use

Whether you are just an affiliate, or a blogger, screen capture tools can be one of your best friends. Screen captures are useful for a ton of reasons, the most popular ones being to show a friend something on your screen, tweak an ad copy, or to simply post to your blog or send in an email to show example. In the past I would use the “Print Screen” button on the keyboard, paste the screenshot into Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro, then made any necessary edits or changes. I’m sure many of you are still doing the same, and for those of you who still are, I wanted to introduce you to two programs I have been using for a while now. + Skitch = fast and fun image sharing.
In short, Skitch is one of the greatest free programs I’ve ever used. It’s only for Mac, but with a simple install you can have a point, click, drag and upload screen capture tool in no time. The hosting is free and you can easily share your screenshots with friends or keep them private. You also have a lot of features like resizing images, adding text, arrows and other shapes. I use Skitch all the time on my blog when I’ve reviewing a product or want to point something out on a web site. If they ever decide to make a Windows version, they will quickly make millions of PC users very happy.

TechSmith: SnagIt
From the makers of the very popular Camtasia, TechSmith also created a program called “SnagIt”. SnagIt is just like Skitch, but for the PC and although it isn’t free, it’s much more advanced. Skitch may be free, but if you have a few bucks to spend and only have a PC, SnagIt is a great solution. In addition to also having image uploading, SnagIt offers a lot more screen capture / image customization and options. SnagIt costs $49.95 and you can buy it from TechSmith directly, or Amazon.

Both Skitch and SnagIt are awesome programs for screen capturing and modifying images. I highly recommend downloading each of these programs for increasing your image editing and productivity.

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  1. I agree that having easy access to a screen capture mechanism is a very, very helpful tool to have readily available.

    Years ago, I got a special bonus from Paul Myers called Paul's Screen Shooter from his toolbox. It is such a wonderful little tool and it is the most useful bonus I have ever received.

    What is even better is that I have had numerous computer crashes, mishaps and lost it one way or another. But guess what? Paul has always been there to make everything right again so I consider his support backup absolutely fantastic.

    If anyone doesn't have ready access to a screen shooter that they know how to use easily…:-)…do yourself a real favour and download the freebie asap.

  2. Yeah, good tools, I've been using snagit for over 5 years now, one of the most used tool for me. 🙂

  3. I use SnagIt.

    PicPick is a small tool which have image editor, Pixel ruler, Screen Capture, Color Picker etc and with all these the download size is below 5MB. So if you are searching for a free utility you may have a try

  4. I had been trying to find a program to do this exact thing. I could never figure out how people capture the screen like that. I would always try print screen on pc but, it always came out like crap. Hey I’m having a contest on my blog you have the chance to win a Microsoft Zune, $50 Amazon Gift Card, or a $25 Amazon Gift Card check it out:

  5. Well it's disappointed that you couldn't recommend any free windows software for screen captures. I guess I'll just keep using the print screen button and pasting it into photoshop. Oh well, works for me.

  6. I have seen snag it before. I tend to use the built-in Windows print screen functions and then I use Paint.Net if I need to do any additional editing.

  7. Hi Zac,

    Nice to know that for a change there is something for Mac that's not available for PC.

    They should make everything available for both systems in my opinion. I enjoyed reading about these tools and would like to read a similar post on video screen capture.


  8. @Laptop Briefcases: Aww I'm sure skitch will end up making a pc version sometime soon if they know what's good for them. That sounds like a lot of extra work that shouldn't be necessary.

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