Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Screen Capture Software for MAC

A picture can be worth a thousand words and sometimes there is no substitute for taking a snapshot of whatever is on your computer screen at a given time and then sharing it with a friend or the world.

So today, I was continuing my search for the perfect all-in-one screen capture tool and I ran across a blog posting by HTML Editor Reviews and here's s summary with my two cents mixed in:

Voila: For $39.95 this program does it all! If I hadn't already purchased LittleSnapper in the MacHeist bundle I would be all over this one. As it is I'm using a combination of Skitch and LittleSnapper. The later can capture a complete webpage. They need to add this feature to Skitch and I would be a happy capture artist! (website)

Skitch: (free public beta) doesn’t capture web pages, just your full screen, a window, or a selected area or your screen. What makes Skitch great, though, is how easily you can capture, share, and edit the images you grab. Like LittleSnapper, Skitch has annotation tools and sharing functionality via its own web service. Unlike LittleSnapper, Skitch lets you crop and resize the image without having to open an image editor (Edit: see my note below — LS can crop). This is an awesome facility for anyone posting images to a blog — it’s speedy and works well. Moreover, Skitch will automatically name your captures, but lets you easily change the name and format of the file. Where LittleSnapper has the upper hand is in its built-in ability to store and categorize the images you grab and in its web capturing abilities.

LittleSnapper: ($39 USD) is definitely the most ambitious of the three programs and it lets you capture the most types of screenshots. You can grab your full screen, a window, an entire web page, or a specific DOM element on a web page. Once you’ve captured your screenshot, you can annotate it, sort it, tag it, and/or share it via Flickr or Realmac’s own QuickSnapper service. As a bonus, LittleSnapper has a gorgeous Mac interface.

Web Snapper: ($15 USD) is a tiny app that (only) lets you capture web pages exactly as you see them in Safari. You can use it by itself, dragging URLs into its interface, or via a button it adds to Safari. Web Snapper then captures the entire length of the web page — even the portion that isn’t viewable without scrolling — and saves it as an image or PDF. Where Web Snapper excels is in its Safari integration and its “Save as PDF” feature, which, as I’ve mentioned before, is nothing short of amazing. Web Snapper is definitely more of a niche product than the other two apps, but it does its job extremely well.

Special Note: For screencasting (making a video of your screen actions) I use ScreenFlow:

Click Here for original Blog posting!

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