Screen Capture Utility
I am an old school Snagit fan from my Windows days. Snagit was one of my most used tools. With the release of version 2, Techsmith is really making strides to catch up to the smoothness and functionality of its windows counterpart.
For those of you that don’t know, Snagit allows you to take screenshots of an entire webpage, or specific portions of your screen. It then organizes those snaps into a library where you can modify, tag, and catalog them for future use.
The powerful image editor in Snagit comes with some built-in vector tools that allow you to mark up and modify your images with text, callouts, shapes, lines, arrows, blurs and highlighting. The annotations are all non-destructive allowing you to hide and show them at a moment’s notice. I’d have to say that my favorite feature of the image editor is the cutout tool, which allows you to hide sensitive parts of the image; This is especially useful for blog posting.
Version 2 also includes video capture, something that immediately caught my attention. I’ll be honest though, I’ve never used it. It seems like a cool feature to have, but I don’t really have a need for it yet. Maybe someday I will.
Snagit also has a little window which sits to the left of your screen and pops out as you need it. This is supposed to add ease to the capturing process, but I personally don’t like it. I assign specific keyboard shortcuts in the program settings, so anything else is just noise to me. However, it does have a cool feature that allows you to set a delay before capture. I appreciate that not everyone likes to use keyboard shortcuts for everything, so some people may find this popup to be really useful.
I had no idea that Snagit had extensions until I happened to be looking on their website for image screenshots that I could use for this article. These extensions are pretty cool. The “Send to Facebook”, “Send to Email”, and “Send to Evernote” are three extensions that I all be using regularly.
Areas for Improvement
- Overall, the application interface feels a little bulky; it’s not very Mac-esque. I’m a minimalist at heart, so I believe in streamlining, and trimming as much fat as possible. In my opinion, an application can be biggest and best thing ever — but if it doesn’t look pretty, most people won’t spend much time trying to get to know it.
- I would recommend changing the task-bar icon. Similar to the interface, it’s a bit bulky especially compared to the other well designed Mac icons in the task bar.
- There is no option to auto-start snagit. The app should have the option to auto-start in the menu bar. If not, when I try to use my hotkeys to take a screenshot, nothing happens. I then have to manually open snagit first, before snapping the image.
- It would be great if there was a way to only keep the menu option open without having an open icon in the dock. My dock space is precious and extremely limited. Unfortunately, if I close the app from the dock, it also closes it from memory and removes the task bar icon.
Overall, Snagit is a great little app. It’s an incredibly useful utility, which has already replaced LittleSnapper and incorporated itself into my daily workflow.
Ease of Use: 10
Look and Feel: 6
Overall Rating: 8