Three simple screen capture tools

Sharing screengrab tools (including how to screen grab a really long post with a single click)

I mark a lot of student marketing assignments. It’s good to see students using visuals, but I’m often surprised at how many are still using “Print Screen” to do a full screen grab when what they actually want is just a  section of a page. So here, I share three of the many screen grab tools that I use.

1. Windows Snipping Tool

This is an under utilised tool that comes free with Windows. The screen grabs below are  self explanatory as to the steps involved:

snip1 snip2 Snip3 Snip4

With this tool you can highlight text or underline/circle etc:

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2. Evernote

Evernote has masses of other uses but it’s a neat and quick screen grab tool that is then searchable by any word that you have grabbed (so in the example above I could search for “Open rate” in my Evernote archive and easily find the grab.

Evernote’s comprehensive YouTube Channel has lots of online tutorials. Here is a brief introduction to the tool:

3. Awesome Screenshot

Awesome screenshot is a Chrome plugin which I’ve recently discovered as part of a quest to find a tool that would capture a long, deep web page.

It will allow you to capture the whole page or any portion, annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text, blur sensitive info etc etc. You can also upload to a shareable url. Here’s the demo video:

And below is a screen shot that I’ve taken from a recent Sunday Times. I think I may be adding this one to my CV….

Directors train to speak like the geeks   The Sunday Times 2-6-13

  • http://www.smartinsights.com/ Dave Chaffey

    Thanks for sharing Marie – I see the same when marking assignments! I grab a lot for books and blogging on Mac and although a partial capture is built in Command ⌘+Shift ⇧+Control ⌃+4 , I use the little known Little Snapper:

    http://www.realmacsoftware.com/littlesnapper/ which I recommend if you want to create a library of grabs, annotate or upload.

  • http://www.zettasphere.com/ Tim Watson

    For my consulting work I often need to grab a full scrolling window from an email client and not just a browser window.

    I use http://www.picpick.org/en/ as it allows me to capture a
    scrolling window from any application.

    • http://www.smartinsights.com/ Dave Chaffey

      Thanks Tim – good shout for that Use case – ‘though I would view in browser which almost always at the top of the mail and then use Awesome!

  • Julian Staddon

    I’m liking greenshot at the moment

  • Kristine Putt

    Still loving Jing!

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