By Hammad for MakeTechEasier.com
While writing reviews of websites and software, I often have to use images to reference what I am talking about and to help me better explain things. A simple screenshot of an arrow pointing to a tiny button saves me the trouble of writing a detailed explanation of where the button is located.
Having realized the importance of them, I had started using screenshots early on. Back then, I used to press the PRINT SCREEN key and then paste the image in Paint. Then I extracted the portion of the image I required and used that in my reviews. Today, that procedure is ancient. With numerous competent screenshot applications to choose from, I no longer need to go through the inconvenient Paint route.
In case you are looking for an effective screenshot app that saves your time and serves its purpose, find below the top 5 tools in this category.
Greenshot is my favorite screenshot application. Compatible with Windows, the download file is sized at nearly 600KB. After installation, the app offers 3 separate hotkey shortcuts for capturing the entire screen, a particular open window, or a particular section of the screen. You can choose whether to simply copy the image to clipboard, save it in a specific folder, and the format in which it will be saved. The app can also send your screenshots directly to your default image editor or printer. With all these features and the absence of a price tag, Greenshot is an excellent screenshot-taking tool.
PicPick is a slightly more advanced tool than Greenshot. The image capturing tool within PicPick lets you capture the entire screen, a specific region, an active window, a scrolling window, and freehand capture. The app also includes a built-in image editor that helps you insert those referencing arrows and lines. Protractors and pixel rulers, both built into the app, will help graphic designers better understand the designs of others and use them. The crosshair is another tool graphics designers will find helpful. The app is free for personal use but costs $29.99 for 1 license of commercial use.
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