Screenshots are so valuable, we don’t even realize how often we use them. We can use screenshots to document a work-related process, to create tutorials, and for those who are facing controversies at work, to record and log the conversations around the incident.
Screenshots are so useful that you’d think that people would work on finding the best solution for the way they capture screenshots, right?
However, that is not the case, most of the time. Most Windows PC users tend to just use PRT-SCR (Print Screen), paste their screenshot on a Paint file, and then save it as a .jpg or a .png image. It’s a rather clunky process, and it certainly could use an improvement.
But what if you can improve the way you capture screenshots on your Windows PC? What if we tell you that there are apps that will make the task a whole lot easier? Besides our Brosix app, which allows you to share screens and send screenshots easily to other users, these tools can help you capture screenshots when you aren’t using Brosix.
LightShot. LightShot is a dedicated Screenshot-creation tool that sits on your tray after you install it. After downloading the installation file and then going through the installation process, you’re good to go. To use the app, just press PrtScr, and a window will appear. Select the area of your screen that you want to capture, add your notes, captions, arrows, and even shapes like boxes and circles, to highlight the area you want to
indicate, and save in the folder of your choice. It’s that simple. LightShot is also available for the Mac, as a Chrome app, and for Ubuntu via Wine.
Jing. Jing is a free app from TechSmith, also the makers of Camtasia, the more popular screencapture tool. If you’ve heard of Camtasia, you already know that it’s THE tool for capturing videos of your screen, especially in the creation of instructional videos. TechSmith also created SnagIt, a premium app for screencapping photos and video.
Jing is the free version of these two apps: It can capture photos and videos, and you can even upload them to Screencast.com, but there are limitations in the filesize and the length of the videos that you can create. Neither can you edit the videos as you see fit, unlike in Camtasia or Snagit, but for basic screencapping purposes, Jing is versatile and feature-packed.
All you need to do is to install Jing, and when you see the Jing Sun, as shown below, you can then choose what type of media to capture (photo, video) from the crosshair icon, and you can snap away. You may choose one application window, the whole desktop, or even just a set portion of the screen. You’ll find that when you point the cursor at an application window, it automatically creates a screenshot space as big as the app window. You may then choose to upload the screencap, or just save it locally.
If you want to check out more tools, here are lists of screen capture apps recommended by LifeHacker and TechRepublic:
And if you want to find out how to capture screenshots across platforms, Take-A-Screenshot.org is a very helpful website as well.
Have fun documenting with screenshots!
Photo Credits: LightShot.com, Jing.com