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While the basic screen capture tool on your computer (like Microsoft’s Snipping Tool) is good enough to get the job done, if you want something with more features, don’t settle for it. The best screenshot apps also offer plenty of options for highlighting, editing, and sharing your screenshots. Some offer a full page recording for long or side-scrolling websites, and even screen recording, for example for an instructional video.
Best Overall Screenshot Software: SnagIt
SnagIt ($ 49.99) is impressively lightweight yet powerful screen capture and recording software. And it’s one of the few screen capture software programs available for both Windows and Mac that has a well-designed free companion app for iOS and Android. SnagIt (and its handy toolbar) makes it easy to capture a visual or process, edit, annotate, and export images.
The software has an all-in-one recording tool, which allows you to capture your entire desktop, a specific region or window or a full scrolling screen. It also offers panoramic scroll registration for vertical, horizontal and infinite scrolling through web pages. SnagIt can record your screen, iOS screen, webcam and even capture audio, which is perfect for those who want to create an instruction manual or demonstrate a process in a video.
With SnagIt you can grab and edit text, or add your own annotations and graphic stamps. It also has tools to cut out part of a screenshot and automatically merge the rest and take care of the background. Besides, it has tools for creating videos from images and creating GIFs. When you’re done, SnagIt gives you the option to export your creation directly to destinations such as YouTube, Slack, and more. There is also a 15-day trial version available.
Tons of image editing tools: PicPick
Taking and sharing a screenshot as is can work in most situations, but if you need a robust set of tools to edit your images before sharing, then definitely go for PicPick ($ 29.99). The free limited version of the software is great for personal / home use, but the paid version works for both personal and commercial use and includes nice extras like automatic updates, lifetime upgrades, tech support, and no ads. On the other hand, it is only available for Windows (sorry for Mac and mobile users).
PicPick can capture a full screen, active window, scroll page and any specific area of your desktop. It also gives you the option to suspend a recording, include your mouse in a recording, or create a custom recording that you define yourself. You also have control over advanced settings for adjusting keyboard shortcuts, file quality, image quality, and so on.
The included tools for editing and enhancing your image are impressive. You can freely highlight and annotate, insert text, crop, rotate, resize, blur and sharpen, adjust color balance and brightness, and even add shapes, watermarks, frames and drop shadows. And there are tons of export options such as email, Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft Office, Facebook, Skype or even to your printer or FTP server.
Best Basic Screenshot Software: Greenshot
Greenshot is a free open-source screenshot tool for Windows and Mac. While it lacks a lot of the nice premium tools that some of the paid options have, the basic functionality is easy to use and gets what you need in no time. It can take screenshots of a full screen or window, a selected region, or an entire scrolling web page.
The lightweight software allows you to highlight text passages, add annotations and images, crop and resize, and even blur sensitive or irrelevant parts of the recording. When you are done making adjustments to your image, you can save it, print it, send it as an attachment to an email, or send it to Microsoft Office Suite or a photo hosting site like Flickr.
Most robust options: ShareX
If you regularly take screenshots and recordings, be it for work or personal reasons, it’s good to have plenty of tools and editing options at hand. ShareX’s (free) arsenal of professional editing and sharing tools is impressive, but the myriad options make the program feel cluttered. There is also a slight learning curve, but the program is worth it if you have to do something tough.
The open source program offers 15 recording methods, from Active Monitor and Window Menu to Scrolling Capture and Auto Capture. To capture a specific area, you can choose which shape to capture from rectangle, ellipse and freehand. There are also several annotation tools to choose from, such as arrow, smart eraser, blur, enlarge, highlight, pixelate and more.
ShareX supports a variety of recording tasks including show quick task menu, scan QR code, display file in explorer, upload image to host, copy file path to clipboard, add image effects or watermark and more. It can even create animated GIFs. There are also plenty of supported upload methods and tasks to work with if you want to import and edit files not captured with the software.
Once your image is edited and ready to use, ShareX can export it to over 70 destinations, including Twitter, Imgur, Google Drive, JIRA, Gfycat, puush, YouTube, Reddit, Pushbullet, Pinterest, bit.ly, VideoBin, Amazon S3 , GitHub Gist, Flickr, Pastebin, and more.
Workspace and library support: Screenpresso
Screenpresso (free, with paid version) offers well-rounded image and video recording for Windows, and it’s also available as a Chrome extension. The free version of the software offers image capture and HD video recording with branding and limited image editing tools. Upgrading to the $ 29.99 Pro version unlocks all the excellent features of the program.
Screenpresso Pro takes care of HD video recording including audio, Android recording, optical character recognition text recording of images, a complete image editor (including rework, effects and watermarks), a document generator, video cutting and merging, many sharing functions, and multiple workspaces.
The program can capture your entire screen, part of a screen, specific window, free region selection and scrolling windows. You can even choose to record the mouse or delay the recording. The software has a three-step workflow and, most impressively, a widget-like Workspace panel. This gives you quick direct access to previously taken screenshots, from which you can drag and drop files. It also includes shortcuts for organizing, copying and printing recordings, and a toolbar for capturing, editing, and publishing images and clips.