Screenshots are useful files, especially when creating an instructional material. For Windows users, the traditional way of taking a screenshot is by pressing the “PrintScreen” key and pasting it on “Paint.” However, the functions of this method is limited since “Paint” only have basic functions like simple resizing, and crop functions. That is the reason why several screen capture tools were developed and released. Packed with advanced features that is not only limited into taking still photos, but can even record screen activities these tools really are something to look forward to. One of these tools is Snagit, which is a screenshot and screen recording tool in one. Like Snagit, there are other tools that can perform the same functions, but with other improvements. In this article, we listed down the five best Snagit altenatives.
Screen Grabber ProAside from being a great screen recording tool, Screen Grabber Pro also have a “Screenshot” function. This tool also works great on Mac, unlike other tools. What makes Screen Grabber Pro stand out, is its ability to edit and upload the images online directly after taking the screenshot. Also, the images produced are all high-quality, same as the video output from its recorder function. After taking a screenshot, you can directly send it into your favorite social media platform, making it an even more efficient tool. To learn how to download and use Screen Grabber Pro, follow these steps.
Step1 Install Screen Grabber ProIn order to install Screen Grabber Pro, you must get the installer by clicking the download buttons below. After the download, run the installer and follow the steps that will appear on the setup wizard.
Step2 Start taking screenshotsOnce installation is successful, launch the tool and from the main interface select “Screenshot.”
Step3 Edit the screenshotDrag the mouse cursor to capture the parts that you want. After the image is taken, will have the option to edit it by adding texts, and other image enhancements directly.
Step4 Save the screenshot on your PCTo save the actual image on your PC, click the “Save” icon. On the other hand, if you want to upload or send the image by email, click the necessary buttons for each.
JingJing is another screen capture tool made by the same company that created Snagit. This is another high-quality screen recorder app that can produce high-quality videos and images. Jing is pretty straighforward with it design, as it does not have much interface. The tool can only perform the basic function of screen capture. However, this stand alone application is enough if you are just casually taking screenshots. To learn how to obtain this tool, and how to use it as well, follow these steps.
Step1 Download JingGet the installer of Jing by clicking this link here. Next, run the installer on your PC, and follow the instructions accordingly.
Step2 Launch the toolAfter the installation, run the tool. Notice the top-center part of your screen now has a sun-like image with three rays. This is the interface of the tool. Each rays have different functions, the first one from the left is the “Capture” button, the middle one is the “History” button and the last one is the “More” button.
Step3 Take a screenshot with JingBy clicking the “Capture” button, the cross-hair for screen capturing will appear. You will need to drag the cross-hair across the screen and once done, select the “Image” option from the list of options that will appear.
Step4 Edit and save the image takenOnce the image appears, you can edit it to your preference with the available option. Then add the file name of the image and click the “Save” button once everything is done.
FastStone CaptureFastStone Capture is a screen capture tool, that is also capable of recording videos. This is a very straightforward tool that is able to take screenshots, and record screen activities with a few clicks. The tools interface, is similar to a toolbar which have different buttons with different functions. This tool maybe lightweight, but with its other features, people will find it hard to believe that it is capable of such feat. FastStone Capture is able to save images taken in different formats, like PDF and other file formats. To learn how to use this tool, follow the steps here.
Step1 Download and install FastStone CaptureFirst, download the installer of FastStone Capture by clicking the link here. After that, launch the installer and install the program by following the steps provided by the tool.
Step2 Begin the actual recordingOnce FastStone is installed, launch the tool and from there start the recording process.
Step3 Edit the photo after taking itAfter taking the image, you can immediately enhance it by adding additional options. By clicking the “Draw” button, a window will appear with various editing functions.
Step4 Save the image on FastStone CaptureOnce done with editing the image, you can go ahead and save the image by clicking the “Save as” button.
Snipping ToolProbably, the most recognizable screenshot tool that Windows users have used is the Snipping Tool. Since the year 2002, the Snipping Tool became a part of the built-in tools of Windows operating system. The main function of the Snipping Tool is to take screenshots directly from the system, without having to download anything. However, this tool is not available on Mac, and the function is only limited to taking screenshots. But for basic screenshot taking, then the Snipping Tool is a pretty handy tool to use. Here are the steps how you can use the Snipping Tool on Windows.
Step1 Launch the Snipping ToolFor Windows 10 users, the Snipping Tool is commonly located at the toolbar. For users of older versions, they can look up the “Snipping Tool” from the “Start” menu.
Step2 Start SnippingThe “Mode” button shows all the available snipping modes, the default mode is the rectangular mode which is commonly used. To start snipping an image, click the “New” button.
Step3 Edit and save the imageDrag the cursor to snip the image that you want to take. Once done, the image will appear on a different window, where you can edit it. To save the image, click the “Save” button from the toolbar.
Free Screen Recorder OnlineLast but not least, is Free Screen Recorder Online. This is a web-based application that allows you to record screen activities, and also take screenshots. The tool is web-based which means that it does not need any installation, and is always available via internet. However, the tool will not work if you are in a place without internet connectivity. That is the only drawback of the tool, because in-terms of output quality, it is comparable to other paid applications. Here is how you can learn to use this awesome tool.
Step1 Launch the ApplicationIn order to use the tool, you must first visit its official website. However, a much more easier way is by clicking the “Start” button below.
Step2 Start recording with the toolOnce the tool is launched, you can start recording by clicking the “Record” button which is represented by the red button.
Step3 Add annotations while recordingWhile recording, you can add notes to improve your video. By clicking the “Pen” icon on the toolbar, the editing panel will appear and you can choose the best option from there.
Step4 Save the videoOnce you are done recording, you can click the “Stop” button from the toolbar, and the video playback will appear. You can watch the video from there and if you want to save it, click the “Save” icon and choose “Save as video.”