September 1, 2014

SnagIt Screen Capture Makes Your Work Day Easier

SnagIt is a tool that allows you to quickly and easily screen capture almost anything. It also offers a lot of tools I need daily such as quick and easy cropping of screenshots, drawing tools and quick social sharing.

It also shares my captures with other software I used daily, like  Word, PowerPoint and Excel. SnagIt also offers other fantastic features in regards to capturing text, video and the Web.

screen capture toolHave you ever needed to show an image from the Web to a boss, client or employee quickly and wished you could just take a screen shot and circle an item in a big bright color or stick an arrow on it?

If so, this is the software for you. I am going to explain some of the options the tool offers and I hope this tool can help you save as much time as it has saved me.

What You Can Capture with SnagIt

SnagIt doesn’t just take screen shots. It captures all kinds of things for you:

  • Video Capture can create videos for you while capturing your computer screen and the all the movements you make. You can create easy instructional videos with no problem.
  • Text Capture allows you to grab all the text off of a screen, but not the images and graphics. This includes text from screens that don’t allow copy and paste in windows. From the tool you can easily send this text a variety of useful tools or to email.
  • Web Capture allows you to enter a website address and capture images and other files from a website. Now obviously you don’t want to steal items from others, but let’s say you needed to get all these items off of your own site quickly, this tool could help.
  • Capture to Print “You can create an image file of what the printed material would look like if you had printed it on a printer.”

Profiles

There are different ways to capture images and other items. You can get scrolling screen shots which is great if you need to capture an entire page or even a social conversation. You can also choose exactly how much of a screen you want to capture and in my industry this is a massive time saver.

I snagged this image from SnagIt’s help section to show you how easy it is to use the software.

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The Snagit Profile Options are:

  • A chosen region of the screen
  • Full Screen
  • Scrolling capture
  • Capture a web page with links
  • Free hand
  • Menu with time delay

Drawing Tools

I work on websites for clients and also do their SEO. Sometimes they just don’t see what I want them to see so often, it is faster to take 2 seconds with SnagIt to take a screenshot and circle what I want them to see. An example, for someone that said the hours of operation and calendar were not on the visit us page.

Yep, it was there, but sometimes people miss things. Sometimes I use arrows to help explain where things are on a website. I can also add text if I want:

screen capture tool

There are many drawing tools to choose from; you can see more of them at SnagIt.

Other Tools I Like

  • The Capture Tray– All the items I Snag are in this saved area. There is a Library with a thumbnails or I can search my captures by list view, name, size, type, date, dimension or tags.
  • Editing – You can flip, mirror, shear, rotate, crop, resize, and image styles, change color effects and cut images quickly. There are also image filters to play with, borders, edging options, photo effects and you can even add watermarks.
  • Video -  You can sdjust the color depth, add text, or view the frames of a video capture.

Sending and Sharing

Once I take a screen shot or capture an item I can immediately share it via email, upload it to a website or share with a program on my computer, like Adobe. It takes seconds.

screen capture tool

Beyond sharing with everyday work software I can also share it socially, send it to someone on Skype, save it on Evernote or upload it to my Flickr account. These are accessories I use for myself or clients, but there are more to choose from.

With these tools I can share a capture immediately and move on to my next task. Creating images for PowerPoint presentations has become much faster and has saved me a lot of time. I couldn’t live with out this program.

screen capture tool

A Time Saver

I wanted to share this tool with you because it is much more affordable than some image and video editing software. Plus, it offers options that allow users to work much faster than they typically can with traditional software.

This is an easy tool to use, it keeps images organized for me and it has saved me a tremendous amount of time.  There is a 30 day trial for you to play with it and see if it can benefit you in anyway.

Beyond business, SnagIt has helped when the older members of my family needed computer help. Now I just capture an image, stick arrows & instructions on it and email it.

Trust me when I say it has saved me frustrating hours on the phone.

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Melissa Fach


Melissa Fach Melissa Fach is the owner of SEOAware, LLC. Melissa specializes in consulting and training companies on how to effectively handle their online marketing strategies. Her company specializes in SEO consulting, content development and web development services.

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  1. I’ve been using the free basic version of Snagit called Jing for several years and it has been one of my favorite tools for screenshots. I’m tempted to upgrade to Snagit though after this review. Thanks!

    • Hi Scott, I’ve used Snagit for years and it rocks, saves a ton of time, especially if you want to markup screen caps with text, arrows, boxes, etc. I use it virtually every day. If you are on Firefox, Fireshot is a decent one too, it’s a good one step grab and save, export, copy, etc. but doesn’t have the markup capabilities of SnagIt. I love the ability to set hotkeys with Snagit as well, if you use it a lot it’s a lot faster to just ctrl+shift+p to do a capture.

    • Thanks, Scott! Will check that out!

  2. Couldn’t do my work without Snagit. It is an essential tool at a very reasonable price.

  3. Looks like a simple tool to use. Thanks for the sharing.

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