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Best Free Search and Replace Utility 3 years 6 months ago inthefog

You really should include TextCrawler in your list. It's free and very powerful - it supports regex, previewing, text ripping and has batch processing. It's pretty fast too.

http://www.digitalvolcano.co.uk/textcrawler.html

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Best Free Search and Replace Utility 3 years 6 months ago MidnightCowboy Caution! TextCrawler is ad-supported and will try to install unwanted components such as toolbars. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Search and Replace Utility 3 years 6 months ago inthefog

Not the version I downloaded last week? It seemed clean to me.

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Best Free Search and Replace Utility 3 years 6 months ago MidnightCowboy The download defaults to download.com which uses a wrapped installer. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/cnet-downloadcom-wrapped-install... cnet is no longer a safe or trustworthy download source. Their own installer also included OpenCandy although the exact makeup of what is there now will no doubt be varied as users discover the contents and try to avoid it. MC - Site Manager. http://www.digitalvolcano.co.uk/board/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=244 http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/controversial-advertising-progra... view
Best Free Search and Replace Utility 3 years 6 months ago inthefog

Nope, nothing in the CNET download either. I've heard that developers can 'Opt out' of having their software CNET wrapped after there was some hoo-ha about open source stuff being wrapped a while back.

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Best Free Search and Replace Utility 3 years 6 months ago Anupam The CNET is offering the download for TextCrawler without their wrapped installer. So, that's good. But still, this is not the same for all cases. As you say, some developers can opt out of this by telling CNET, to which they comply. But, still in majority of cases, CNET employs its wrapped installer, and that is why we do not recommend it as a download site. I did download and run TextCrawler. It seems it is free of any extras, like toolbar, OpenCandy etc. It's clean. Although Softpedia does say that it is ad-supported. Maybe it did bundle something extra before, not now. view
Best Free Search and Replace Utility 3 years 6 months ago MidnightCowboy Thanks for checking it out. :) MC view
Best Free Search and Replace Utility 2 years 7 months ago twinkler

Thanks for these reviews. I see that the page for Replace Text says "Please note that Replace Text is no longer supported and has known problems with some Windows 7 installations."

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Best Free Search and Replace Utility 2 years 7 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the information. This category is currently without an editor. view
Best Free Search and Replace Utility 1 year 5 months ago Lew Wadoo

The more correct license type of InfoRapid Seach & Replace is:
"InfoRapid Search & Replace is freeware and may be copied, distributed and used for private purposes without any limitations. Installing and using the freeware version on a commercially used computer is absolutely prohibited. In order to use the program commercially, you need one license (25 Euro) for every user."

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Best Free Search and Replace Utility 1 year 5 months ago Jojo Yee Thanks Lew Wadoo for your kind feedback. The product record has now been updated. view
Never Re-install Windows Again Part 1 3 years 4 months ago dsl225

Hello, thanks for this very interesting reading!

You state that "I haven't re-installed Windows for years. In fact, if my memory serves me correctly, I haven't re-installed Windows since the arrival of Windows XP in 2001."

That seems great, but one question immediately pops-up: even if you haven't re-installed Windows you certainly changed computer at least once... How did you manage to handle drivers when restoring a backup from an old computer to a new one?

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Best Free File Rename Utility 1 year 6 months ago Dorian Markich

Thanks for the useful tip! While I was trying to find a solution, I stumbled upon KrojamSoft BatchRename and thought it was very good. It’s highly effective and lets you rename multiple files in your directory at once. I found it was super helpful, especially if you work with photography, screencaptures, music files... etc I thought I'd share this with all of you

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Best Free File Rename Utility 10 months 3 weeks ago Roksolana

Long Path Tool help me a lot when i have an issue like file deleting or renaming the file. Also good to use if file name and file extension is too long.

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Best Free File Rename Utility 4 months 3 weeks ago Thierry Marneffe

Hello

All these features are also available with TGMDev PhotoRenamer 4.0.
* PhotoRenamer 4.0 renames photos based on Windows file time or on Exif Data.
* The left panel allows easy selection of photos and you can select the photos to rename.
* A contextual (right-click) menu is available to delete photos individually if needed.
* Duplicate photos are handled using a duplicate suffix, added automatically to photo names (11 different suffix format are available)

TGMDev PhotoRenamer makes use of renaming masks to rename photos. In release 4.0, new masks specifications were added as %C that add a photo counter in the nname of the photos and %Kx that add keywords from a database. Duplicate photos are handled using a duplicate suffix, added automatically to photo names (11 different suffix format are available)

See complete features here: http://www.tgmdev.be/applications/photorenamer/photorenamer.php

For a quick tour, see on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68kmf0lQ89s&t=149s

Thierry

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Best Free File Rename Utility 1 week 4 days ago ronald23

You can batch truncate/rename file names through "krojamSoft: BatchRenameFiles" program.

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Best Free File Rename Utility 3 years 11 months ago Chess Writer

Does any of these renamers add context menu entries to conveniently rename files. I'd like one which adds a context menu entries to prepend files names with 5-6 different words, like Statistics, Marketing, Simulations, and Accounts.

I'd thank you a lot, and even send in a donation if possible, if you could point me to a software that does this...

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Best Free File Rename Utility 3 years 6 months ago ChaosReigns

site.editor,
You may want to review these programs again. Just looking at Advanced Renamer, it states that at the time of your review (Updated 4. July 2013) that it was "Last release: December 06. 2012" and it had actually had three releases in that time frame. It is now at version 3.60 as of Sept. 08, 2013 with a fair amount of changes since the Dec. 2012 release.

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Best Free File Rename Utility 3 years 6 months ago MidnightCowboy The "site.editor" designation means no one is currently assigned to this category. The review will be updated as soon as someone volunteers to take it over. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free File Rename Utility 3 years 1 month ago chishold

Under "Other Renamers", you mention Siren. I agree that "Siren is one of the most powerful renamers". It does have a steep learning curve compared to other renamers but I am used to it now, having used it for years.

I can't agree with the statement "Siren is no longer developed"; the latest version, 3.14, was released on 27 December 2013.

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Best Free File Rename Utility 3 years 1 month ago Qpir

Thanks for the review

Advanced Renamer has just been updated (March 26 2014).
It has also changed its URL to www.advancedrenamer.com
The old URL (which is included in the review) automatically redirects to the new site.

Best regards

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Best Free File Rename Utility 3 years 1 month ago Anupam Thanks a lot. Now updated. view
Best Free File Rename Utility 2 years 10 months ago Psymon

There's one very old program (which still works just fine for me in Win7) that you didn't mention at all here, and from checking out the programs you've mentioned I think it might actually better than the whole lot of them! It has rather an odd name, "1-4a-Rename", but check it out, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised (note that it has both a basic and advanced mode, both of which are included in this freeware proggie)...

http://www.1-4a.com/rename/

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Best Free File Rename Utility 2 years 10 months ago MidnightCowboy I would advise caution as 1-4a Rename has not been updated for 8 years. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free File Rename Utility 2 years 4 months ago Ojai-CA

I just downloaded the Bulk Rename Utility and tried it on a set of a few hundred files which I wanted to organize by date code in the file name. They were already named that way "sort of" but with several inconsistencies. I found it pretty quick to figure out the interface, and it worked like a charm. The "undo" feature also came in very handy during the 10 minute "learning curve". A good utility. Thanks for the tips !

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Best Free File Rename Utility 2 years 3 months ago deckie49

I used to use "File Renamer Basic". It certainly is a powerful program and has a clean, easy to use interface. But I ended up switching to "Renamer". Renamer's interface is almost as easy. Renamer is just as powerful, at least for me. And, more importantly, Renamer has an "undo" function which File Renamer Basic does not have unless you buy the pro version. In my opinion, "Undo" is a basic and critical feature of a file renaming utility.

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Best Free File Rename Utility 1 year 2 months ago JonJ

The latest release of Advanced Renamer largely addresses the reservations given in the Discussion section above:

- It now incorporates ExifTool, allowing access to all (afaik) EXIF data.
- There is now a folder panel that makes selecting files very easy.
- Files can now be deselected, without being removed from the list.

It also has many extremely useful features, such as the option to append sequential numbers to file names when "collisions" (ie. duplicate names) are generated.

I was able to configure a renaming routine using EXIF data that I was unable to configure in any other renamer.

Advanced Renamer is now the best free renaming utility for my needs.

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Best Free File Rename Utility 1 week 2 days ago kastaldi

I use Bulk Rename Utility to clean dozens (even hundreds) of filenames full of needless numbers, date, characters... Despite the messed UI, it is quite powerful once you learn how to use it. I remember when I had to rename them manually, sad and boring days.

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 4 years 3 weeks ago superqaz

which one will best post an ad on the Gumtree website. i have to copy and paste text into a box, copy and paste a photo, enter address, preferences etc, but no captha security code

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 3 years 7 months ago Louie G

QLiner is by far my favorite of all the shortcut programs I've used. The pop-up black virtual keyboard is beautiful, easy to use and just a whole lot of fun! What works best for me is to associate shortcuts with certain keys, like assigning the Recycle Bin to the Delete key, my chess game to the C key, YouTube gets the Y key, MoffSoft Calculator to the Enter key, not to mention certain documents, photos, etc, etc. I don't have any icons on my desktop thanks to Vista Start Menu and QLiner Hotkeys (a desktop with icons on it and the taskbar showing is not very appealing to me, and definitely not enjoyable to work on). All of the shortcuts are easy to remember because they are each associated with the Windows key only, and therefore very, very easy to remember. Personally I think QLiner is one of the best programs ever made! Oh, the short tutorial is on their website. I'm using version 2.0.1 for Vista. The over 90 possible shortcuts are more than sufficient for me. Ethervane ActiveHotKeys tells me there are something like 2000 shortcuts on my computer (not all of which are active of course). I have no intention of memorizing hundreds of shortcuts. Just the essentials please!

Frank Tracy

I know some people have a problem with the .NET Framework, but my computer is six years old and runs like brand new, so for me, it's no problem. And I use my computer a LOT!

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 3 years 7 months ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for your comment Louie G. I agree about .NET Framework. There is so much paranoia about it. I have it on two desktops and a laptop and I'm still living. :D None of these machines have top end specs either. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 3 years 6 months ago Stamimail

My Favorite right now is HotkeyP.
Support Win key and mouse.

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 3 years 6 months ago dlibertine

Ditto, the clipboard extender is fine for my needs. I assign quick paste numbers to saved bits of text. I hit Ctrl~ then hit a number and it's pasted.

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 3 years 4 months ago Louie G

In case someone wants to use Qliner on a Windows 7 64 bit system, just type in the words "bits and beers" in quotes. And also the word Qliner. They explain how to do it.

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 3 years 4 months ago crombierob

PS Hot Launch VVL
McAfee Site Adviser was very alarmed
Anyone downloaded it recently, and had it checked by your 'checkers' ?

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 3 years 4 months ago MidnightCowboy McAfee Site Adviser is so riddled with false positives as to be IMO next to useless. :) MC - Site Manager. https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/e7af141c573b7629ab7d2abc937ed310c34c02... http://www.urlvoid.com/scan/pssoftlab.com/ view
Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 3 years 3 months ago crombierob

Thanks for checking that out for me.
Sorry it took time for me to get back to it.
I have just installed it.
I like my Sys Tray icons to respond to a single click, but apart from the lack of that, it might be OK.
I will report back, if anyone is interested.

Thanks,
Rob

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 3 years 1 month ago Stamimail

To site editor:
I think you cannot put all those apps in the same category.
Each very different from the other..
AutoIt and Autohotkey looked to me as Automation and Scripting Language, while Qliner and HotkeyP are looked to me more as kind of Hotkeys Applications.

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 3 years 1 month ago crombierob

I feel slightly guilty, as I downloaded Qliner, and installed it, and -
(a) forgot about it, and
(b) failed to read the site editor's review of it.
Bearing that (I knew not what it do'ist) in mind, I was thinking what would be a cool program (in the Hotkey/Launch category, Stamimail).
Being a VB6 programmer, I started analyzing what could I write (and perhaps share with you guys) in that category. So I says to myself, what about something that appears in your face, when you hold down some key for a few seconds. I then was curious as to what would happen if I held down the Windows key, and Lo and Behold Qliner popped up in my face. Looks like "I missed it by that much".
The program I was contemplating creating, would have been more of a Launcher (documents, programs, web pages etc), and I would probably be intending users would click the desired action, with their mouse. But allow some hot keys as well.
Is that sounding interesting to you guys ?
Are you aware of some free program, that does all that already ?
Rob
PS I note that Qliner, does NOT allow you to click an action. I reckon it should.
PPS Does the rising of the Windows menu after Qliner closes, annoy any of you ?
Can anyone suggest an alternative key(or combination) for holding down ?

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 2 years 7 months ago mmth

When I created a script, following the exact directions in the Help file, it quit with the message "unrecognized command in Line 1." I'm not a dope or a neophyte--I'm a retired professor whose first computer was a TRS-80 bought in 1978. It seems to me that the instructions, followed to the letter, should not result in an error right off the bat.

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 2 years 6 months ago Stamimail

Hi crombierob,
I think HotkeyP works a little different, but still...
What is the advantage of what you have in mind, on HotkeyP?

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 2 years 4 months ago Wendell

I vote for HotKeyP.

HotKeyP meets all of my needs including superseding native Windows Win+ key assignments. It is light weight and simple.

Thanks to Stamimail for the recommendation.

What I like in a Hot Key Utility is that ability to supersede native Windows Win+ key assignments.

I had been using WireKeys (https://code.google.com/p/wiredplane-wintools/) for years. Other than occasional cursor changing to a dot, it is great. It has many other features, but I seldom use them.

PS Hot Launch VVL and WinHotKey are OK, but neither can supersede native Windows Win+ key assignemnts.

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 1 year 7 months ago Louie G

I never use the Windows key alone to bring up the Qliner keyboard. I use either Windows+Z or Window+Q to bring it up. Doing it this way never brings up the Windows menu for me. And if you haven't checked it out by now, you can check out how to use scripting with qliner at their website, though I haven't had a need to use it myself.

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 1 week 2 days ago bguffield

Another good macro recorder is AlomWare Actions (at AlomWare.com). It's freemium though, if that matters? I use it and find it best for my needs.

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Best Free Time Correction Utility 2 years 9 months ago CrashDC

As of (at least) July, 2014, this program has been updated to run on Windows 7 (and, probably W8). This is version 5.3 I had been using 5.0-something and it didn't work. I was also under the impression that this software was no longer going to be updated, and I'm very glad to see that it has been.

Free, accurate, customizable... what's not to like? :)

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Best Free NFO Viewer 1 month 2 days ago Robaye17

Many of these are good. Another one to try out is iNFekt. Windows 64 bit version available, too.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 year 1 month ago mrtas2

Highly recommend this free screen capture utility that lets you :-
1) Grab whole screen, rectangle area or active windows screen
2) Mark it with highlights, boxes and text to make your point
3) One click to send via email or via goTransfer or paste to other apps like Skype. Auto save and auto post to clipboard options avail.

Its perfect supplying to end users to send screenshots with comments to IT Support depts.

www.goScreenCapture.com

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 3 months ago Panzer EzSnap: http://ezsnap.com/ view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 2 months ago Corvo

Neox Screen is ShareX ripoff:
https://code.google.com/p/sharex

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 2 months ago Home User

The Windows Club released the

"Windows Screen Capture Tool v1.0"

Found on the following webpage:

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-screen-shot-capture-tool-free-down...

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 2 months ago Panzer More here: http://www.reddit.com/r/opensource/comments/17qmek/my_friends_software_g... view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 2 months ago Anupam Thanks to you both. The suggestion for Neox Screen has been deleted, and future suggestions of it will be deleted too. view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 1 month ago Loya

Mr.Shot 1.51 is a fast and easy to use screen capturing program. You need to get use to it at first though. The default hot keys are Control + D, W, R, F which are customizable. Has lot of options and features including free hand drawing and capture mouse cursor. Includes a toolbar to add text, shapes and highlight which can be disabled if you don't want to use the editor.
Definitely worth a try.

http://verifive.com/MrShot.html

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 1 month ago Panzer It has been mentioned before by George Meyer (at the bottom of this page). Thanx anyway. view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 1 month ago Loya

I thought it would help the discussion.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 1 month ago Panzer Ok. view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 1 month ago Panzer Screenshot Captor 4 is out: http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Mouser/screenshotcaptor/ New: # - Full set of scanner acquisition tools and scanner image correction. # - Perfect capture of Windows 7 partial transparency effects. # - The most powerful scrolling capture tool in the field. # - Easy automatic or on-demand uploading of screenshots to a wide variety of image hosting services (imageshack, flickr, ftp, etc.); easy emailing of screenshots to your friends and colleagues. # - Great special effects, including automatic active window enhancement, ragged edge splicing, pixelation, smart text removal, and many more. # - Take snapshots from webcams; record video with the ESR addon. view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 1 month ago mouser

Thanks for posting about the new version 4 release of my Screenshot Captor tool, Panzer! I was just about to post when I saw yours, so I'll just reply to yours instead.

For those that are curious about the new version, I've uploaded a short new video tour here:
http://www.donationcoder.com/screencasts/dc/3ds/sc27/sc27.html

And the actual version history describing what's new can always be found here:
http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=3474.0.

New features include an optional docking capture bar, a new built-in uploader tool, better object and clipart editing, webcam and video capture, major re-organization of options, and just a ton of fixes and other improvements.

I'm of the belief that different people work differently, so I generally encourage people to try alternative tools and pick the one that best matches how they think. And if anyone has any suggestions for ways to improve my program please do let me know (mouser [at] donationcoder.com). I'm always open to new ideas.

Anyway, I'm a big time fan of gizmo and tech support alert -- amazing site. Keep up the great work.

-mouser from donationcoder.com

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 1 month ago Loya

Snagit 11.2.0 Build 102. 64.1 MB. Really? No, Thanks.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 1 month ago oblivion ...and it's STILL my favourite image capture program! The scrolling windows thing is just SO useful! Can we arrange some sort of Gizmo's tickertape parade for mouser? Screaming cheerleaders, champagne corks flying about the landscape, that sort of thing? No? Phooey. Maybe I'll capture a picture of a cake and email it. :) view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 1 month ago Anupam Thanks for posting mouser :). We at Gizmo's are fans of DonationCoder :).. so the admiration is mutual. Thanks for a great product. I used to use PicPick until now, but since they have become quite aggressive with the extras bundling, I tried Screenshot Captor recently, and I like it a lot. I was putting off using it, because from the looks, it looked like a program made for geeks with a learning curve.. but I gave it a try, and found it was easy to use. The interface though, with loads of stuff, gives the impression that the program might be a bit difficult to use :). Keep up the excellent work. Will try the new version soon. view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 4 weeks ago mouser

Thanks Anupam!

I'm afraid many people may get scared off by the interface with so many buttons and panels.

But do try the latest version -- one of the major new features is a really simple minimal "Capture Bar" which is designed to dock to top of screen and slide out of the way. When you combine that with the "post-capture" dialog that by default comes up after each screenshot -- it should mean that if you want you never have to see the big main Screenshot Captor window at all :)

Instead, just capture from the quick bar, and choose what to do from the simple post-capture dialog.

Then the main window is only for if you ever want to go back to older screenshots and manipulate them.

There are always tradeoffs in trying to accommodate both power users and casual users -- I've tried really hard to make a tool that can be configured to do everything a power user would need, while still having a default simple interface for casual users, though I'm not always 100% successful. Anyway, I'm glad you like it -- I hope more people will give the program a try and not be intimidated by it.

As always, people should try different programs and find the one that best suits their tastes -- no one program is right for everyone. But if you find something that doesn't work as it should in one of our apps or have a feature request -- don't be shy about posting in our forum -- one of the pleasures of coding is being able to interact with users and add features based on user requests.

-mouser (jesse)

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 4 weeks ago Anupam Thanks again Jesse :). Great to know about the latest release... the new feature sounds great! Will download soon, and try it out. Will surely post in the DonationCoder forum, if I have anything to share regarding the program :). view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 4 weeks ago Loya

I like Screenshot Captor a lot ! But it is a lot of bloatware,donationware, crapware. But thanks anyway :)

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 1 week ago Jaex

ShareX:

ShareX is an open source program that lets you take screenshots of any selected area with a single key, save them in your clipboard, hard disk or instantly upload them to over 25 different file hosting services. ShareX can capture screenshots with different shapes: rectangle, rounded rectangle, ellipse, triangle, diamond, polygon and also freehand. It can upload images, text files and all other different file types. It is able to capture screenshots with transparency and shadow. The program also supports clipboard upload and drag-and-drop.

https://code.google.com/p/sharex

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 12 months ago Panzer Screen-Shot.me - take screenshots instantly and save them in album style (still in beta): http://screen-shot.me/Screenshot/Home view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 11 months ago Panzer Screen Sniper is a fast, simple, and reliable program designed to take bulk screenshots easily and instantly: http://sourceforge.net/projects/ssniper/ view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 10 months ago Loya

They is nothing "Sniper" about it. You are better off using the Windows built-in PrtScn button.
Only takes full screenshots, no window or part of the screen.
Skip it.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 10 months ago Loya

Mr.Shot 1.53 include a battery level indicator. Comes handy for laptop users, I guess.

http://verifive.com/MrShot.html

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 10 months ago Panzer HotShots is an application for capturing screens and saving them in a variety of image formats as well as adding annotations and graphical data (arrows, lines, texts, ...): http://sourceforge.net/projects/hotshots/ view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 9 months ago Luciftian

How come PicPick has been omitted?

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 8 months ago texastechy

Many of these screen capture tools seem to use a lot of processor power or something because my PC noticeably feels and acts slower while capturing the screen. It's great to have all those additional features but when I want to capture to PDF quickly and easily Screen Grab Pro works really well and feels snappy. Then I do a quick Ocr on the pdf making it searchable. The other one that I like is the last freeware version of Faststone Image Capture.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 8 months ago dkravets

I'm disappointed in SnapDraw. First off, it is buggy -- on the first screen and I got "Access Violation" error. Second, the help and some functionality are less than clear (or are buggy) -- cannot get the Capture Key Settings to function as expected.

The annotation functionality IS amazing. I just wish the simple stuff within it worked.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 7 months ago Misty27

EDIT 9/7/2013: After many releases of Screenshot Captor & using it a long time, asking questions on forum, it's VERY apparent it's one of most UNintuitive softwares I've used, of any type. I like much of SSC & it "has lots of features." USING the features is another matter.

Some of the logic in HOW it does exact operations as other apps, is SO out in left field - just STRANGE. I've used it a LONG time (& many others). The way it does many common things (settings; how some functions are carried out), are SO different from other apps (& NOT in a helpful way), that it's just "messed up" for those functions.

It can drive one CRAZY figuring out how to do tasks, common to most ANY app & certainly capture apps. If you want one of its special features - none other has, OK. If you want intuitive, general screen capture & typical (intuitive) features, use something else.

It's Options UI (MANY PAGES) has very small, tightly spaced, below avg quality UI text, VERY troublesome for anyone w/ even mild sight issues or most > age 40.
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Does SnapDraw have function to place "Caption" box / object w/ your custom text, above a captured or edited screenshot? Nothing I see on their site mentions it.
Much as old FastStone Capture does? That hopefully has some capability to easily change text font, size, color, border / no border.

Also, caption object / box is EITHER resizable once added, or has word wrap as typing caption text & fairly easy to change caption text properties. FastStone v5.3 is still very nice & intuitive for relatively simple annotating. One FastStone drawback (& WHY I'm looking for something w/ just a BIT more capability) is, once LEAVE its annotation ("Drawing") screen, can't do ANY more editing to annotations - like editing a text box. Can't even delete added objects, once leave the drawing screen.

FastStone has excellent quality captures. Printing (for me in Vista 32 / 64) no longer works, but can save or copy to another app to print. Many prgms reviewed in this section don't have direct printing, anyway.

PLEASE feel free to suggest other prgms that have above features & decent, INTUITIVE, easy to use annotation for simpler things; Adding (resizeable) text boxes, arrows, highlighting, easy drawing / editing of common shapes - rectangle / circle outlines, etc.

If I want more complex features (that I rarely use), I'll use something like SSC. But, for simpler things, it's way more complicated (& occasionally irritating) than needed.

I'll agree w/ the review that Screenshot Captor has many nice features. I've used it quite a while. But it's also one of the most unintuitive (mostly its editor) on how to use many of those features, or where the settings are found. If you can figure it out, or use it on a daily basis & become "expert," it may be great. It also captures scrolling screens, but process is hardly "one click & done." There's a learning curve on scrolling captures & it doesn't work on some screens / web pages, but most don't have that function at all.

Screenshot Captor also does SOME functions in ways that NO other app w/ same feature does it (back to unintuitive editor). Its Caption "editor" is simplistic compared to its other features & can be more difficult to enter anything but one line, than other apps w/ that feature. It's feature packed, but the way some work are plain "weird," which many complain about on their forum. Has a decent Help file, but in no way explains how all the "advanced" features work (or some of basic). You'll have to search / post on forum for those directions.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 7 months ago mouser

I'm sorry about some of the struggles you are having getting used to the way Screenshot Captor works. I think some of your comments are valid.

The one thing though that I would take some exception to, is the idea that SC does not make the easy/common things easy to do.

For the most common things, SC is designed to be very easy to use and hold your hand if you want it to -- without ever requiring you to go into the options and configure a single thing.

Just click a button or hit a hotkey and your screen will be captured, you'll see a preview, and be presented with a dialog that lets you print, email, upload, save, copy the image to the clipboard, or discard it. It doesn't get much simpler than that.

Then it gets out of your way so you can get back to work.

Now it's true that if you want to do more advanced annotations, editing, configuring, etc., then SC make take a little while to figure out -- it is a tool that is designed to be highly configurable.

Hopefully some of the dozens of video tutorials showing how to use various features is of some assistance to those who want to do more advanced stuff -- and we try hard to be helpful on our forum when someone has a question.

Anyway, like I said -- I'm not dismissing your criticisms -- and different people will have different programs that are best for them. I just wanted to "defend" Screenshot Captor against claims that it's hard to do even the most common things. I actually think the latest releases of Screenshot Captor make it really easy and intuitive to perform the most common actions.

-mouser (author of Screenshot Captor).

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 6 months ago Stamimail

Hi mouser,

"TextBox in ScreenshotCaptor doesn't support properly RTL language."

Is it fixed?

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 6 months ago Andreas Th

It looks the list misses 1 great FREE and VERY EASY program,
which I've been using for 2 years or so.
The prog is called SnapaShot:
http://nicekit.com/screen-capture/best-free-snapshot.htm

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 5 months ago djj01

Having used Duck Capture for a couple of years, I thought it was fool proof...I was wrong.
Recently, I was compiling a list of names and details of friends and was going to use Duck Capture to copy the list. Unfortunately I hicupped and hit the icon with a hidden label of 'share simply by min.us' This then immediately appeared to upload my list.....To where????...Who can now access it???....This sounds like a pontentially dangerous link that's virtually hidden until too late...
I've sent the Duck Capture people 2 e-mails so far asking details about this icon and what exactly it does. So far they have ignored both e-mails.
I now have reason to believe that Duck Capture should not been included in the list of 'best screen capture programs'.
Can anybody help on this case.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 5 months ago Panzer qSnap: Capture Single or Multiple Webpages * With a simple click “snap” a shot of a webpage * Continue to click if you have multiple webpages to capture * qSnap stores snapshots to your tray for editing Edit Images * Edit your snapshots with the built-in annotation tools * Create a rich digital dialogue through your notes Share/Save Your Snapshots * Save your snapshots locally * With a free qSnap account you can: o Store your snapshots on our free hosting service o Share a link to your snaps to Twitter, Facebook, G+ o Email your snapshots or links https://qsnapnet.com/ view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 5 months ago sicknero

It sounds as if Duck tried to upload your pics to Minus.com but I was just reading a thread which says that the function was removed some time ago and as I understand it that button shouldn't be in the latest version?

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/ducklink/QdKdEiFP35k

If it did upload it will be on Minus.com as an anonymous user and I don't know what you could do about that. Perhaps contact their site admin and see if they can help?

For people who like to share pics online there is an ImageShack desktop uploader which I use in conjunction with FSCapture. Very simple to use, just save the screenie and drag it onto the uploader, job done.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 5 months ago meetsangvikar Hi, thanks for the information. I have had no time in the last few months. I will review duckcapture again and update the article if needed. view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 3 months ago George.J ShareX and HotShots are simply brilliant. ShareX allows Fullscreen, Active window, Window list, Active monitor, Monitor list, Rectangle, Rectangle + Window, Rounded rectangle, Ellipse, Triangle, Diamond, Polygon, Free hand, Last region, Screen recording (Supports animated gif), Auto capture methods for capturing the window. view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 1 month ago Panzer SnipDock: Features: * Snip Screen: snip whatever portion of the screen interests you. * Dock: This snipped image will be docked on a screen edge or as a floating popup. * Whatever be the size of the image, the dock will automatically adjust its size. When docked, no other program can encroach the space used by SnipDock, even if they are maximized. * You can zoom in or zoom out of the image by scrolling your mouse on the image. * Any image snipped will be automatically stored in your Pictures folder. So you could also use SnipDock just to snip screen and store the images. http://rahul003.github.io/snip-dock/ view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 11 months ago crombierob

PicPick is about the best so far, because of it's simplicity.
I would like to recommend it to some business friends, but it is not allowed for commercial use.
I tried some of the others recommended here, but they are too complex (too many choices after you do a grab).
Anyone know a free one that can JUST do this -
We do a capture, either by hot key (say PrintScrn), or by clicking the SysTray Icon.
It immediately opens up it's editor, with the image in our face, waiting for us to edit it, or just save it.
Of the ones I tried, Faststone capture was the closest, but it still appears to want to place some window (Form) in our face with it's Toolbar along the top. You then have to click the 'Draw' button to get to the screen that I wanted to appear in the first place.
Anyone know how I can get FS to do what I want ?
Or, know of another free one (including use by commercial people), that knows what 'KISS' means ?

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 11 months ago George.J So I've been using ShareX for a month now. It's been simply incredible. I'm using the portable version of the product and v9 has been released. The program has received 5 stars from Softpedia Apart from it being extremely feature-rich, it allows instant upload to Imgur, and 30 other file hosting sites, separately for image, text and files. :D You can also capture screenshots in various ways, rectangle, triangle, polygon and various different shapes. You can add image effects, watermark, annotate. It also has a screen recorder with audio. view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 10 months ago Panzer XSnap is a lightweight application that enables you to take snapshots of your desktop, applications and games: http://2xdsoft.de.tl/XSnap.htm view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 10 months ago sicknero

I found that the other day while randomly browsing Snapfiles or some such site.

It's absolutely brilliant! Easy to set up, very fast and light, supports more sharing and storage sites than I've ever even heard of and on top of all that, supports basic file upload to Dropbox and Google Drive etc.

For ages I've wanted some way of interacting with Dropbox/Google Drive from my desktop without having to install the whole lot (and the syncing folders) and ShareX does it excellently. It even has options for Send To and Context Menu entries so you don't need to have it running all the time. Great stuff, one of my favourite finds in quite some time.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 9 months ago Misty27

PicPick (portable from PortableApps.com) will do what (I think) you want.
I'm not sure if it's allowed for commercial use, but apparently the portable version contains NO adware, addon toolbars, etc.

Per the head guy at PortableApps.com, John Haller, these types of addons & extras aren't allowed under their portable apps licensing.
http://portableapps.com/node/41924
"Our installer and format are licensed in such a way that installer add-ons are not permitted. PicPick Portable has no such offers included."

After the editor opens (take screens w/ hot keys or select style from tray menu), everything is right there. Very intuitively laid out, if you've used any image editors. Sorry, it doesn't have jagged edge screen capture. :) I like FastStone's 5.3 simplicity, but it & some like Greenshot are child toys compared to PP.

As to how well PicPick does what it's intended to do or implements its features, it seems very well thought out. It seems very "forgiving / flexible," compared to many similar apps. I'm sure some others do certain functions as well as PicPick.

But when I consider all of its features - incl. EASY scrolling capture, how well it does the all the features (consistency, quality), advanced capabilities of native image editor (works on any imported image) & the overall ease of doing some of the more complex functions, it would seem to be near the best.
I don't have nearly as many "Oh, crap" moments using PicPick as W/ several others.

I'm not sure if it's left out of the review because the installer version from picpick.org now contains "adware," or if the installer version isn't entirely free (dunno - don't use it).

But I've used the portable version for a few yrs & it's been pretty much flawless. Fast & doesn't crash (like some others did, that are rated as best in this latest review.

Being portable hasn't affected my use in the least. It still places optional tray icon when started. Still has hot keys to take screens w/o clicking icon (or open menu from icon), etc.

In fact, for Windows, I usually prefer portables. Only time I don't is when I absolutely need a context menu entry / function.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 9 months ago crombierob

Certainly for my use (non business) PicPick is simply the best.
Regarding portable apps, I don't like having to conform with their controlling suite.
I just like to create a folder such as C:\PGMS_NoInstall and then have sub folders for each portable program.
Can I download ANY of their portable app programs, and just place it into my folder scheme ?

Thanks,
Rob

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 9 months ago Misty27

Re: Portableapps.com - I've never used their "platform."
I just extract the apps to a folder & send a shortcut to desktop, from the main executable file.

As I understand it, some (all?) of Portable Apps offerings may make temporary changes to Windows' registry when in use, then remove them when closed down. At least that's what John Haller told me at one time.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 9 months ago sicknero

That's right, and some also create folders in AppData etc which are deleted on exit. PAF programs aren't necessarily "stealth" portable.

The PortableFreewareCollection website is very good for discussions on exactly how portable a portable program is.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 9 months ago Mike C

Just thought I'd comment briefly. I use IrfanView for snapshots. Works really well for me. I set it up to take a shot (i.e. internet receipt for online store) using Ctrl + NumPad 4. Has cropping and other edit features that I use only occasionally.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 7 months ago wozie

I have just tried Jing, bit disappointed because after the install I had to "log in" to the program to be able to use it which meant signing up for ANOTHER account on another website, more usernames and passwords to remember, there isnt even an option to try the program without "logging in". Needless to say I have quit the application without signing up and logging in and have uninstalled the program, a bit of a waste of time so wanted to let everyone else know its not very good.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 6 months ago AussieExpat

there seems to be a relatively new browser extension, with heaps of favourable reviews, seems compatible with Firefox, Chrome, and Android browsers called Nimbus https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/nimbus-screenshot/?src=api

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 6 months ago crombierob

When others suggest other programs (or in this case extensions), I am tempted to ask -
"Why is that better than PicPick ?"
I was an Analyst in IT for 20 years, and I cannot fault it.
It is easy to capture anything.
It has TABS (brilliant feature)
You can annotate.
And I just tested it on a web page, and it scrolled to capture the whole web page.

I reckon that PicPick should be the benchmark for which we compare other contenders, and the proposer might elaborate on why their contender is better ?

My 2 cents,
Rob
PS I was not happy when they 'fan boy' followed MS with a flippin Ribbon. But that can be toggled via the little down arrow head.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 6 months ago AussieExpat

Actually, if you re-read my post you won't see me saying it's better than anything, just that it's new, has had good reviews .... In fact, I've "just installed" (in last hour) a couple of different ones, "for a look", and discovered an email from Everhelper.me in my inbox -- bit disturbing, I hadn't as far as I know done anything with anything -- so, as with any freeware, be careful. To be honest, I hadn't heard of (or couldn't remember) PicPick, thanks for the pointer -- actually, what are you doing even mentioning PicPick here -- just checked, it doesn't seem "free"

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 6 months ago crombierob

Yes definitely free (for non commercial use)
I would get it from portable apps or Softpedia -
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Graphic-Capture/PicPick....

It has a lot of updates, so you get prompts to upgrade it.
I have had a couple of warnings, when accepting the upgrade download link, so I would use Softpedia myself.
(make sure you don't get fooled into clicking the download AVG link)
(Even Softpedia can fool the elderly and the feeble minded, so I have to be doubly careful)

Rob

PS I went to PicPick Home page from their about box
http://www.picpick.org/en/download
That page mentions that it is free
And I used their download without warnings.
The EXE is identical in size to the Softpedia EXE and Avast scanned it OK
My free Malwarebytes was a bit out of date, and scanned it OK
I am updating it, and will yell out if the next scan has problems.

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