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    Freeware Screen Capture Programs

    I'm looking at two freeware screen capture programs and want to know if anyone has tried them. (I know this subject has been discussed before.)
    One is http://www.faststone.org/ FastStone Capture.
    The other is http://www.ntwind.com/ WinSnap.

    I've been using http://www.mirekw.com/winfreeware/mwsnap.html MW Snap. No complaints; I like it.

    I saw both of these programs at http://webattack.com/ SnapFiles.

    I've been reading the rave reviews of http://www.techsmith.com/ SnagIt 8.1, a shareware program, but my screen capture needs are fairly basic.

    Any opinions on WinSnap or FastStone Capture? Thank you. J. Till

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    Re: Freeware Screen Capture Programs

    I haven't tried WinSnap, but I do have FastStone Capture. It's probably not the smallest screen capture program, but not very big either (it takes about 1.2 MB of disk space).

    I like it - it has a clean, uncluttered interface, is easy to learn and use, and many actions can be performed both with the mouse and using keyboard shortcuts.

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    Re: Freeware Screen Capture Programs

    My own experience is that the best capture program depends on the task at hand. For this reason I have several at my disposal, and it's possible to run more than one simultaneously. The features I'm often after include:
    - Hotkey capability
    - Save directly to (automatically named) file
    - Basic or more advanced editing capability, including annotations, overlaying, crop, cut/copy/paste

    I'll use different programs, for instance, for taking screenshots to post here, and for authoring program documentation. If your needs become more complex, you might consider a program for capturing screen "actions" for a presentation. Just make sure you try to find a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> one first, to satisfy your needs. There might be one or two here to start you off!

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    Re: Freeware Screen Capture Programs

    I haven't had the need for anyscreen capture for some time, but when I was using it frequently, a program cal "Snag it" always seemed to have the best features.

    Not freeware, however http://www.techsmith.com/

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    Re: Freeware Screen Capture Programs

    See also these threads: <post#=489,137>post 489,137</post#> & <post#=395,098>post 395,098</post#>.

    If your needs are VERY basic, you can use native Windows capabilities - the problem is that you can't capture menus and cursors. I capture dialogs for Lounge posting with just Alt-PrintScreen and Paint, edited and saved as a PNG file.
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    Re: Freeware Screen Capture Programs

    I've used SnagIt for 6+ years and as others have mentioned it's incredibly flexible and low priced (for such great features) but for quick tasks that I just need to go to the clipboard, I use a free program called Gadwin PrintScreen. It ties into the PrtSc button and you can configure it to send it to a file or printer as well.

    From the web site:
    "Gadwin PrintScreen captures the contents of the screen with a single keystroke. The captured screen can then be sent to the printer, or saved to disk as a file in 6 different graphics file formats. Gadwin PrintScreen can capture the entire Windows screen, the active window, or a specified area, when the hot key is pressed. The hot key defaults to the PrintScreen key, but users may also define other keys to initiate a capture. Gadwin PrintScreen allows you to e-mail the captured images to recipients of your choice. "

    http://www.gadwin.com/products.htm?prnscro

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    Re: Freeware Screen Capture Programs

    Alt Print Screen does not capture Menus, but plain Print Screen does.

    I use one of these methods for most screen captures. I paste into Irfanview then crop etc.

    This was done with Print Screen.

    If I need Cursors I use Paint Shop Pro
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    Re: Freeware Screen Capture Programs

    I have been using Gadwin <!post=as mentioned by Deb,595905>as mentioned by Deb<!/post> for...a long time and find it very easy to use, not that I need much from a screencapture.
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    Re: Freeware Screen Capture Programs

    I tend to favour MWSnap fo expanded menus, since it lets you easily overlay client areas, to build up the picture without the parent window in the background.

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    Re: Freeware Screen Capture Programs

    I'm a cheapskate and a fan of freeware. I don't do much screen capturing, either. But I got SnagIt some time ago, and now I wouldn't be without it. It's inexpensive and it has LOTS of features that transcend mere screen capturing. One I like is putting arrows, etc. on the screens or partial screens you capture. Another is getting lists in text form of all the files in a folder. It scrolls down the folder, picks up the filenames and extensions, and puts 'em into a text file (or maybe .DOC, I don't remember). You usually have to go through and clean up line spacing, but the bottom line is that it's VERY easy to get your list of files.
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    Re: Freeware Screen Capture Programs

    <hr>Alt Print Screen does not capture Menus, but plain Print Screen does.

    I use one of these methods for most screen captures. I paste into Irfanview then crop etc.
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    If I need Cursors I use Paint Shop Pro<hr>
    You might use Irfan View to do the capturing as well as the cropping. Just fire up a new instance of IView and type "c". The Capture Setup dialog box displays. The rest is pretty straightforward, and lets you include/exclude the cursor. See the attached (obviously captured with IView <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>).
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    <img src=/S/flags/Argentina.gif border=0 alt=Argentina width=30 height=18> <big><font color=4682b4><font face="Comic Sans MS">Diegol</font face=comic></font color=4682b4> </big>

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    Re: Freeware Screen Capture Programs

    Thanks for that. IView is one of the many programmes that I use, but have not explored the real capability of.
    I will use that.
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    Re: Freeware Screen Capture Programs

    Apparently, there was a copytight issue with some of the icons used in FastStone Capture. A new version is available: see FastStone Image Viewer - Powerful and Intuitive Photo Viewer, Editor and Batch Converter.

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    Re: Freeware Screen Capture Programs

    Thanks, Hans, for the update info. And thanks to all for the suggestions, comments, and criteria evaluation. Both WinSnap and FastStone Capture seem like well-crafted programs with clear interfaces. In the end I went with SnagIt, even though I said in my initial post that I was not going in that direction. What can I say? The reason I went with SnagIt--no laughing here--is that it has a lot of different types of arrows included in the program to clearly point to the problem. Even call-out arrows so you can point and say "Here's the freakin' problem, buddy".
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    Re: Freeware Screen Capture Programs

    You won't regret going with SnagIt. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15> It is the most full-featured program of its kind that I have used and which is quite easy to configure, given the myriad options/features it has. I'm sue you are going to have fun playing with it..... but don't forget to eat dinner. <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/tease.gif>

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