Although video is a very useful tool to explain procedures, in many cases we only need a few screenshots to explain something. At times like these, especially if you blog about software and the Internet, it helps to have good applications on hand.
Today we bring you a selection of seven free apps for windows to take screenshots. Even if Windows 7 comes with its own capture tool (Snippets), this is quite limited, serving only to get out of a hurry. Therefore, it is convenient to have programs like the ones we are going to see next on hand.
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It is mainly focused on put our captures online. It allows us to upload them to several services at the same time or to our server through FTP. It has the usual capture functions and a few others such as automatic watermarks, text capture and upload (and even translation) and color capture. No editing functions available, but we can easily choose to use the one we have installed, and it allows us to configure many of its characteristics.
Link | “Zscreen”: http: //code.google.com/p/zscreen/
It’s a pretty little program minimalist designed for you to take it everywhere, well does not need installation. It has a small built-in editor that allows us to modify our image and add arrows, highlight elements, obfuscate them, etc. Without being a marvel, it fulfills its function correctly and, being portable, allows us to take it anywhere on our USB memory.
Link | “Greenshot”: http: //sourceforge.net/projects/greenshot/
It is a program that we already talked about and that is both an individual application for PC and an extension for Firefox, IE and Chrome. It allows us to save the images on our disk, put them directly online or edit them in the cloud through “Pixlr”: https: //www.genbeta.com/web/pixlr-otro-editor-online-de-imagenes-con- true-air-to-adobe-photoshop. Of course, the option most minimalist of all, counting only on the essential options and moving the rest to the cloud.
Link | “Lightshot”: http: //lightshot.skillbrains.com/ In Genbeta | “Lightshot, another way to take screenshots, edit and upload them”: https: //www.genbeta.com/web/lightshot-otra-forma-de-hacer-capturas-de-pantalla-editaras-y-subirlas
Another application that we already talked about, with a spectacular after-capture effect in which it is floating undulating on the desk. Beyond that, the usual: full screen capture, windows and freehand, which perhaps is what allows us to get the most out of the program, making the captures as if they were clippings.
Link | “PrtScr”: http: //www.fiastarta.com/PrtScr/Download.html In Genbeta | “PrtScr, capturing screens with style”: https: //www.genbeta.com/windows/prtscr-capturando-pantallas-con-estilo
One of the most complete, with many options for both capturing and editing. In addition, it keeps a history of all the captures we have taken. The editor is very complete and you do not need an additional program because it also has a great variety of images included in your gallery. Of course, as it is part of “DonationCoder”: http: //www.donationcoder.com/index.html, you need a free code to be able to use it without the start window appearing.
Link | “Screenshotcaptor”: http: //www.donationcoder.com/Software/Mouser/screenshotcaptor/index.html
Another small but powerful option that we already told you about in Genbeta. Have a pretty functional little editor with which we can add directions quickly. Allows us upload the captures directly to our FTP or to your website, where it will remain only for 24 hours. It is lightweight and ideal if you only need a few annotations on the image.
Link | “Jet Screenshot”: http: //www.jetscreenshot.com/ En Genbeta | “Jet Screenshot, a simple application to take screenshots”: https: //www.genbeta.com/imagen-digital/jet-screenshot-una-aplicacion-sencilla-para-tomar-capturas-de-pantalla
With an attractive and functional design, this is personally one of the programs that I have used the most. Has a catch history along with a little editor that allows us to modify the image by cropping or resizing it and adding elements such as arrows, boxes, text, etc. It also gives us the option of share our captures directly on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and other media.
Link | “Screenpresso”: http: //www.screenpresso.com/index-es.html
Always, the choice we make will be based on our needs and tastes. If you need to take captures that you will later fill with many detailed instructions, Screenshotcaptor is the most recommended. If you want something small, without many requirements and some annotation features, Jet Screenshot it’s a good option.
Those of you who know him will have noticed that I have left “Jing”: https: //www.genbeta.com/windows/jing-proyect-capturando-imagenes-y-screencast-de-una-forma-facil out of the list . Although it is also a good option, it seems too heavy for what it should do and these, although they do not have such a spectacular design, do better the function for which they are intended. And you? What program do you recommend? Do you use any that are not on the list? Leave it in the comments!