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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 5 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 4 years 1 month ago Panzer EzSnap: http://ezsnap.com/ view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 3 weeks ago Corvo

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

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 1 week 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 1 week ago Panzer More here: http://www.reddit.com/r/opensource/comments/17qmek/my_friends_software_g... view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 1 week 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 3 years 11 months 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 3 years 11 months ago Panzer It has been mentioned before by George Meyer (at the bottom of this page). Thanx anyway. view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 11 months ago Loya

I thought it would help the discussion.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 11 months ago Panzer Ok. view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 11 months 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 3 years 11 months 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 3 years 11 months ago Loya

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

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 11 months 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 3 years 11 months 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 3 years 11 months 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 3 years 11 months 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 3 years 11 months 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 3 years 10 months 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 10 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 9 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 7 months ago Luciftian

How come PicPick has been omitted?

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 6 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 6 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 5 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 4 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 4 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 1 month 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 2 years 11 months 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 9 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 9 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 8 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 8 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 5 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 4 months ago AussieExpat

thanks, the original link I had wasn't clear about the cost -- didn't distinguish home and commercial use. But, really, it's "horses for courses" maybe -- the Nimbus extension enabled me to easily get a snapshot of a lengthy webpage, just by pressing a couple of buttons, whereas PP seems to want "scrolling" -- doesn't seem as easy on first impressions.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 4 months ago crombierob

I must confess I never have a use for scrolling captures.
If I need to save a web page (and I have saved about 1 million), I save it into a single .mht file (no b...s... accompanying _files folder)
IE always had that ability.
In FF I use the maff extension, which can be 'set' to save web pages as .mht
.mht files are half the size of a saved scrolled jpg of a web page.

There are quite a few people out there that have never experienced the benefit of .mht files.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 4 months ago AussieExpat

I had a very specific need -- I've been a "devout" follower / user of Ff for man years, sad to see its numbers dropping off to Chrome -- but I wanted to share the look of the page, and wasn't sure if the other person had Ff so just posting him a graphic image was the easiest. The Nimbus devs say to be avid -- they've also developed a number of Android apps all scoring 4+ -- compatible across a number of OSes.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 4 months ago Anupam Thanks for the suggestion, but I don't think browser add-ons will be considered for this review, as the review is for stand alone software only. Maybe when an editor takes over the category, and decides to include add-ons as a side note or something, then it can be added, but otherwise not. It can be a good suggestion for hot item though, as a separate article. You can suggest it to rob.schifreen, our hot items editor, and see what he thinks of this. view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 4 months ago Anupam You are putting your individual preference forward here. While you may find PicPick as the best and go-to program for screen capture, others may not. Others may prefer some other program like DuckCapture, or Screenshot Captor over PicPick, and ask other programs to be compared to them. Different people like different software, and therefore, there are so many software out there. You can't just ask others to compare every suggestion they make to PicPick, or other software. That's unfair, and I might add, a bit ridiculous. For comparison, we have the reviews, which people can read, and form their own opinion, and choose their own software. view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 4 months ago AussieExpat

Are you the editor? If not, I think such editorial comments should be left to a proper editor. The difference between "addons / extensions", apps, and programs is becoming increasingly blurred, and artificial, given cross-platform / cross-OS tools, esp. like Nimbus; especially where such cross-platform tools can be converted by users to run on different OSes and change from one "form" to another, through something like Chrome APK packager -- are such Windows 8 "apps" apps, or programs? Precisely where such material "should" be included remains to be decided imho.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 4 months ago Anupam I am not the editor, but am a moderator, and also editor of other articles. So, as a team member, I know how this site works. You will understand that if we start bundling apps, extensions, and everything into one category, it will be increasingly difficult to handle the reviews, specially when there are so many programs in one category, such as this one. You can already see the long list. It's because of these reasons that we have separate categories for Android, Linux, Mac, and even Firefox add-ons. Keeping them separate makes it easier for editors, as well as for users, as things are organized. view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 4 months ago AussieExpat

So, how will the site be handling things that don't fall into those neat categories? Or will this spell the end of this site, as it fails to list materials that are useful, but exist across those categories. Must admit, I'm using the site less and less for that reason.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 4 months ago Anupam We are open to suggestions regarding this :). You yourself can contribute useful suggestions how to handle this. One way is by posting Hot Finds items, which is done on a daily basis. We have a Firefox add-on category too, where you can contribute this suggestion of yours. http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-firefox-add-ons.htm Which other materials are there, which this site has failed to list? Please open a thread here on this issue: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/comments-suggestions-and-... where you can offer suggestions, criticisms, or open up issues for discussion. Let's do this in a constructive way. And I didn't say your suggestion wasn't useful, didn't say that at all. I am sure many will find such a suggestion useful, who want to capture webpages without the use of a software that they have to fire up. I just said that it's not in the right place. Suggestions are always welcome. You can post about such suggestions in forum too, in appropriate category, like this suggestion of yours could be posted here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/internet-web-apps-and-net... view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 1 month ago Panzer "... A Thousand Words is a screen capture wizard with an editor. It's intended use is to allow less tech-savvy users to point out exactly what's wrong to helpers on forums and the like ...": http://www.boredomsoft.org/a-thousand-words.bs view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 1 month ago texastechy

have to agree with Anupam. even though a lot of time is spent on browsers these days, I have little use for a browser only add-on, when another good tool will do it all on my screen without a browser. however, I often look in the comments section like this for other ppls ideas. and will check out that add on.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 1 month ago Misty27

Looking for a screen capture that specifically has a couple features / behaviors.
1) When adding multiple text boxes on one screen, it (can) remember the last selection whether to use "solid fill" on the text box background. Without having to re-select "solid fill"(color) - every time.

2) At least on the same screen, it can remember the last text box background color used & *not* make you re-select a background color each time (assuming you don't want to use white).

3) For basic drawing / annotating / text boxes, the prgm will allow going back & editing *most* objects - at least if the screen (file) hasn't been saved & closed.
Certain capture proggies, if you even leave the separate "drawing" mode (but the file's still open), there's no editing anything.
Like Faststone Viewer - once you click OK in "Draw Board," (opens a separate screen), NO more editing objects.

4) Better if it's not super complicated prgm (just to add simple text boxes, arrows, etc.)
Screenshot Captor may ? do most on my list, but for fairly simple annotation, it's way overkill & I don't find it intuitive (on many things).

I used a bunch. I liked PicPick in the past, but it won't do the # 1 & 2 above (not sure if past versions did). It's time wasting - reselecting the same text editor options you've used every time.

Thanks.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 1 month ago Misty27

No "arrow" tool in ShareX? Don't see one - it's one of my most commonly used.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 year 9 months ago ChrisW

Today, 14 May 2015. Just tried to download and save, and also just run the latest version of Screenshot Captor and received an error message "invalid certificate etc.". Has anyone else run into this problem? Can't download and save or just run the software. I am running a Windows 7 64-bit system. Thank you.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 year 8 months ago AJNorth

Hello,

When available, I generally use the portable version of an application (one reason being that it will not, with very few exceptions, write to the Registry).

It turns out that there is a portable version of ScreenshotCaptor (which I have been successfully using on different Windows boxes, both Win 7 x64 & XP x32, for quite some time).

As I almost always download from either Softpedia or Major Geeks, here is the link to the former: http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/Multimedia/Graphics/Screenshot-Captor-Portable.shtml .

Opening the folder that the "installer" creates, one can pin the app's launcher to the Start Menu and / or send a shortcut to the Desktop.

Hope this works for you.

Regards,

AJ

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 year 8 months ago smfranzen

FastStone Capture is the best if you want a lightweight, very functional, easy to use screen capture and editor. I don't think a lot of people actually take the time to really test these programs before they review them. Believe me, it's the best because I've tried them all extensively. It's also available in a portable version. It's the only program that works consistently with scrolling windows from every application I've tried. Check out the [edited] in the editor. That is so valuable. Even the [edited] is pretty decent for doing a quick demo. [Commercial reference and features removed as per site rules]

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 year 8 months ago sicknero

FSCapture is indeed excellent, it's been my favourite for years. The last freeware version though is 5.3 and only later (licensed) versions have the functions that you describe.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 year 7 months ago Realist

For most average users Windows 7 Snipping Tool is sufficient.
Just use AutoHotKey to launch it. e.g.:

#1::run SnippingTool.exe

This will launch Snipping Tool when Win+1 is pressed simultaneously.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 year 4 months ago beergas

Tried a bunch for just a simple screen capture that allows screen rectangle sizing of initial capture to clipboard then right mouse button copy so can paste into a web comment section. DuckCapture only one worked for me. Pasting others into the running web chat field produced 'bad size' msg in the chat window. Don't have to sign up for anything or limitedware.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 11 months 2 weeks 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 11 months 2 weeks ago crombierob

site.editor (can I call you site),
You should not be altering the text size out of proportion to the rest of the controls
Keep the DPI at 100% (normal)
I am old (memory and eyes) and what I do to solve that problem is -
- Get a bigger monitor (EG 40" LCD TV for $300 AU and probably much cheaper in US)
- Have a full screen magnifier that can double the magnification on/off with just a key stroke

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 10 months 19 hours ago GraveDigger

Depending on your browser, you might be having an issue with the text size going wacky - I'm using Google Chrome and I've noticed that I've had occasional problems with some sites (I've probably got some setting off in the browser...)

It's easy enough to correct this issue, however by setting the site to 100% or higher using the Zoom setting of the browser.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 7 months 5 days ago Panzer

"...
Snipaste is a simple but powerful snipping tool, and also allows you to pin the screenshot back onto the screen ...":
http://www.snipaste.com/

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 month 1 week ago Panzer Screeny: http://www.kaemsoft.de/CM/index.php/produkte/screeny view
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Best Free Spell-Checker 2 years 11 months ago aoapk5776k

it would be nice if technical articles are checked through it.

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Best Free Spell-Checker 2 years 1 month ago 1idjac

As of today, the links for tinyspell both go to a login page.

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Best Free Spell-Checker 2 years 1 month ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for pointing this out. The links have now been updated. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Spell-Checker 1 year 2 months ago TRL88

Used this software for years. Now that I have upgraded to WIN10 it acts quirky. It will not load at startup and sometimes it just stops for no good reason.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 12 months ago Sigurros

Duplicate Cleaner is clean and doesn't include a Bing Bar (or any toolbar) in the installer - you need to update your listing! My vote for the best though, as it has more features than most of the paid guys.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 11 months ago phantom.mojo Thanks for your input. I'm still running through all the duplicate file detectors in this list. I will be sure to update all Duplicate Cleaner's particulars as soon as I get done testing. view
Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 11 months ago skan

Can any of these applications look inside compressed files (rar, zip, cab...)?

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 11 months ago phantom.mojo Testing is almost complete. Will have answers for you shortly. view
Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 9 months ago mjcummins

I think there is an important item being overlooked in the comparision.

Won't affect the selection of Best in Class though.

I'm using Windows 7 64bit, and NAS4Free on a Microserver on the home network. I have a lot of files strewn across USB hard drive. A recent external drive failure caused me to get a NAS solution.

So this duplicate file finder mechanism is really important for home use with the amount of digital information normal families accumulate.

Well, neither "Duplicate Cleaner Free" or "Auslogics Duplicate File Finder" will touch the windows share from my NAS server.

"SearchMyFiles" performs flawlessly.... Love it.

So could TSA add network share capable as part of it's tests please.

Thanks for the awesome work, and awesome site.

Michael

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 6 months ago Giovy

This tool is the best one I've tried so far:

http://malich.ru/duplicate_searcher.aspx

As you can see, this magic free app not only deletes duplicate files but it's even able to replace duplicates files with NTFS hard links as well, a key feature missing in any tool mentioned above.

I'm amazed you didn't mention it!

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 6 months ago sarahwilliams25

Who is rating those tools?
I am amazed that SearchMyFiles has 5 stars with that unusable ugly interface. I tried all those tools and I can say that the best in this list is "Fast Duplicate File Finder".
It is completely free for "100% Identical files" and "Similar File Names" modes. Actually I do not see even "Similar File Names" mode in the other tools - this is very hand if you have My CV.doc, My Cv (1).doc, My Cv 2013.doc named files which is quite common situation.
Yes FDFF has some small limitations in the free version - the mode for finding files with similar (not duplicate) content lists just 10 groups (which is even usable), but for the average user like me the free version is more than sufficient.

I love Gizmo's freeware, but in my opinion this article is not objective and requires revising.

Thank you for the great site though.

P.S. I just noticed that your version is also outdated - the latest version is 3.7.0.1

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 6 months ago MidnightCowboy There is currently no editor for this review. It was last updated over a year ago and won't be again until someone volunteers to take it over. Maybe you would be interested? MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 6 months ago sarahwilliams25

Yes I see that other tools like Auslogics are listed with old versions too.
Thank you, I am flattered! I am not sure if I will have the sufficient time for this, but for sure I can try... I will at least correct the current listings.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 6 months ago Anupam For correcting the listings, we have an archive manager in the team, who updates the articles without editors, and he will eventually get down to updating this one too, in time. But, what's really needed is an editor, who will maintain the category, testing out different software, add news ones if there are any, and update the article accordingly. view
Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 6 months ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for considering us. The video on this page will give you more idea about what is involved with being a Gizmo's Freeware Editor. MC http://www.techsupportalert.com/we-need-you.htm view
Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 5 months ago indnajns

Anti-Twin turned out to be what I was looking for. Duplicate Cleaner Free and Auslogics wouldn't do networked drives. I'm not looking to compare audio, video, or family pics. I'm looking to get rid of the 400 copies of plain, old documents that have been created all across my network. We'd been trading core files around with a USB drive. Now we've got a NAS and everybody has their own private copy of every file from the past three years plus their own stuff that all needs to be merged back onto the NAS. I'm OCD, but that's tedious even for me!

Pros for Anti-Twin:
Works on networked drives
Compares by name, content, size, or date or a combination of these
Allows a % match. DCF didn't recognize a lot of these files as duplicates because several have been re-saved with nothing more than a carriage-return or a blank space difference. I don't care! Same date, same file name, same basic file size, same file for my purposes.
Clearly lists all duplicates in matched groups showing file path/name, date, and size.
Allows deletion by directory! After it finds the duplicates, I can check a single folder (like one of the many copies) and it will delete from the copy and leave my original alone.
Interface is clean and user-friendly. I was up and running within minutes, maybe even seconds. Intuitive checkboxes.

Thank you for this listing of duplicate finding programs, and especially for linking to Anti-Twin. I've spent many blurry-eyed hours comparing files. Now I may actually get this project done before my next birthday.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 5 months ago AlphaTron

DupliateMyFiles by Nirsoft.net works really well. It may be more geared for PC experts than for novice PC users because it doesn't give enough detail for some of the fields. It could use some better instructions but it's free. Maybe some technical writer will improve the instructions for free. I suck at writing or I would.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 3 months ago RandyDoqa

Duplicate Cleaner Free is bundled with OpenCandy now.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 3 months ago ichabod

Although this category title focuses on the *removal* of duplicate files, the current reviews would be better described as being for a Duplicate File "Finder" category. Each review should focus seriously on the removal process, since that is by far the most time-consuming for users' hands-on efforts.

In comments for a related article ("A Duplicate File Finder That's Simple To Use And Unbelievably Fast"), Century22 and 11bravo pointed out what may be the single most important feature to anyone facing a large number of duplicates: an automated way to protect from deletion one file in each group of duplicates and then to choose between quick, batch deletion of all duplicates that weren't so protected versus manual deletion of selected duplicates. Note that I'm referring only to true duplicates, for which the minimum requirement is that files be identical in content; it would be desirable to have the added option to require duplication in data such as date and name and perhaps other attributes. Without this combination of automated protection and batch deletion, the user is faced with doing that manually for each group of duplicates, which could take countless hours with a large number of duplicates.

The next editor for this software category would do well to add to each program's review a statement of whether the program offers such an automated deletion-with-protection feature, or requires manual selection of each deletion, which is probably more error-prone than a well-designed automated method.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 2 months ago newsuperhuman

Auslogics is fast? By what standard? I am in the process of deleting 50,000 duplicates in 2 folders on a 3rd generation i5 4 core Win 7 64 bit computer with 8mg RAM, with nothing else running. It's been over 5 hours and still has about 40% to go. If this is fast, what is slow?

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 2 years 11 months ago inthefog

Duplicate Cleaner Free no longer has any toolbar bundling - it's completely clean (and free).

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 2 years 11 months ago stuhindl

I have tried Auslogics but I am not sure of it end of run interface seems limited. On the matter of speed or performance I run a number of "boxes' none of them the latest But I dont think it may matter much as file seaching by exact bits particuly large image or video files have to be by the very nature indepth and precise and this does take time over a large number of files Stuhindl

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 2 years 10 months ago CoreTM

The new Exact Duplicate Finder removes duplicates faster.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-duplicate-file-remover.htm#Exa...

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 2 years 10 months ago sicknero

I just gave that a quick test drive on a folder of 5000 pictures - it flagged 6 images which aren't even close to being matches.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 2 years 10 months ago CoreTM

Read the user's manual. Files in the list aren't identical to each other.

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