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Snagit – The Ultimate Screen Capture Tool

Snagit is a tool that I use almost every single day in my work. I use it to help communicate ideas, explain problems, and show examples of my work. I use it when I write documentation, so I can create step-by-step instructions. Instead of writing a long description of a problem, I use Snagit and just send a picture!

What is Snagit? The short answer is that it’s a screen-capture tool. But it’s so much more as well! Capture a full screen, one window, or just a portion of a window. Annotate your captured image with a variety of drawing tools like text balloons, circles, and arrows.

Snagit screenshot

Snagit is easy to use as well. Just press the Print Screen key on your keyboard, select the area you want to capture, and then annotate the captured image as much as you want. Save the image in a variety of formats, including BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, PDF and others. Or just copy and paste it directly into an email. How easy is that!

The screen capture function is a great tool, but there are a lot of cool features that I haven’t even tried yet. For example, you can create hotspots on your image and setup a hyperlink to it. You could blur sensitive information like a social security number or password. You might want to add a watermark or apply color effects to your image. You could even create a quick video of your computer screen. How cool is that!

A great tool like this isn’t free (although that would be really cool if it were). It’s not expensive though, about $50 for a single-user license (as of December 2012). There are education discounts too.

So check out Snagit. The TechSmith website calls it “The Ultimate Screen Capture Tool” and I wouldn’t argue with them. There is even a free 30-day trial download. That’s how I got hooked. After just a few days I knew that Snagit would be a keeper, and I’ve used it nearly every day since then.

Snagit is by far the best screen-capture tool that I’ve used.  I tried the free demo version, and then I gladly paid the $50 to purchase a license.  Best tool that I use nearly every day!

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