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Dowce (pronounced like house) is a fascinating free Windows program which makes it really easy to grab a Windows screen image for posterity and save it for future reference.  Think of it like a Windows clipboard for the cloud, if you like.

To use it, you start by downloading and installing the program from www.dowce.com.  The program is malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust, and is only a 0.5 MB download.  Once installed, you'll find a small Dowce icon on your system tray.

To use it, click the system tray icon, drag to select and crop your current screen image, then click the button to save the screen shot you just created.  You can choose a caption and a password, both of which are optional.  And that's all there is to it.  Your screen shot is now saved on the internet, with its own unique URL that you can share with anyone who needs to see the image you created.  There's also an easy option to show all your current saved images.

Dowce is a handy way to file stuff such as web pages that you might want to read later.  However, as with anything cloud-based, it's safest not to upload anything that is particularly sensitive.  And remember that, if you don't choose a password for your image, anyone on the internet can look at it.  Simply by changing the URLs of the links to your own uploads, it's possible to look at other people's unprotected captures.  But if you restrict yourself to using the service for non-sensitive purposes, it's a useful feature to have at your fingertips, especially if you're trying to troubleshoot someone else's computer which is some distance away.

 

 

 

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I should have read Rob's article more closely and clicked on his hot link. It takes you to Dowse, but the BIG green download button at the top of the article does not. It takes you to the problematic site.

When I went to the download, WOT rated it as blacklisted by a third-party lister. The 3rd party indicated that it also downloads potentially unwanted program that are hard to uninstall.

The download site, if you read the fine print, tells you that you must download their installer and that the installer will concurrently download other programs that you may not want but, it says you can easily uninstall those you do not want from the add/remove programs in Windows.

Why would they make you jump through those hoops?

Nice program! Thanks for the tip.

It looks simple, but I prefer "Greenshot" still. It's easy to use and offers a lot of useful features.

Sounds a lot like Shutter- which I've used for quite some time in Linux Mint.

Nice that the Windows folks have another 3rd party doing for them what MS never bothered to do (as with 99% of useful programs).

Cheers