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Kuma
8th February 2008, 04:58 PM
Over here (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/showthread.php?t=44153) the thread has been completely hijacked over what is a good way to take screen shots.

with Gallet making the outrageous :D claim

The best screen capture utility is SnapnDrag (http://www.yellowmug.com/snapndrag/), and free too. But the paid for version will allow you to put an icon in the menu bar for even more ease of use.

I disagree. By far the best screen capture is Skitch

why is Skitch awesome...

well apart from the simple to use interface, allowing resizing, cropping and saving to numerous formats and taking that image and putting them in various things, blogs, documents etc.

It huge benefit is the online storage of such images allowing for posting messages by pressing a button and then pasting to the forum
http://img.skitch.com/20080208-8jdmdp58fe453mge1eyenxriah.jpg


if you haven't tried skitch it is currently in open beta. get your hands on and take it for a whirl.

http://skitch.com/


disclaimer - these views are entirely personal.. I hold no stake, professional, financial or any other way, in Skitch or Plasq

Albert_Thurgood
8th February 2008, 05:05 PM
What about control-shift-command-4 to capture the image to memory, then paste that wherever you like? This is free and doesn't involve installing additional software.

Kuma
8th February 2008, 05:10 PM
useful...
but the image hosting, resizing, notating and sharing images means skitch is in a whole new ballpark. (and it is currently free... but I find it so useful I will pay when it comes time to).

3dward_Shaddow
8th February 2008, 05:16 PM
Every time I need to take a screen shot at work (using XP...uhg) I pray to the 12 gods that Skitch is on Windows now...but, it's not. Best screenshot app around!

Galumay
8th February 2008, 09:43 PM
yup, i have snapz pro x also, it was what i used to use before skitch but i only use it for video screen movies now.

skitch is just so easy to use and the servers are nice and quick too.

gallet
10th February 2008, 08:12 AM
What about control-shift-command-4 to capture the image to memory, then paste that wherever you like? This is free and doesn't involve installing additional software.

The problem with Grab Utility is that it doesn't do a timed screen so you can't use it to grab menu dropdowns in other apps. Not only that but it places files on your desktop which then need to be trashed.

I forgot to mention that snapndrag works with easycrop so that after capturing an image if you want to crop it, as you may do in a 'timed screen' capture, you press a button on snapndrag and the image opens already in easycrop where it can be resized and rotated then dragged straight off. All without leaving files to be cleaned up.


http://xs124.xs.to/xs124/08066/large952.jpg

Aaron
10th February 2008, 08:30 AM
Skitch is one of the best apps I've ever used :D

silverdreamer
10th February 2008, 09:02 AM
Gallet.

Get your facts right Apple+shift+3/4 is for screen capture, sure, but it IS NOT the Grab utility.

Grab allows for, window shots, screen shots, timed screen & selected screen shots from the drop down menu. It's in your Utilities folder, and it's free.

I find grab covers all my needs in regard to screen capture I use it daily.

http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/8748/picture3au5.th.png (http://img90.imageshack.us/my.php?image=picture3au5.png)

timothy
10th February 2008, 09:14 AM
skitch is the best i have used.

cali lewis mentioned instantshot (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/23605) recently, it's free. allows many options for the image png, jpeg etc.., timed shots...

but i prefer skitch for the sharing side of things

gallet
10th February 2008, 09:30 AM
Gallet.

Get your facts right Apple+shift+3/4 is for screen capture, sure, but it IS NOT the Grab utility.

Grab allows for, window shots, screen shots, timed screen & selected screen shots from the drop down menu. It's in your Utilities folder, and it's free.

I find grab covers all my needs in regard to screen capture I use it daily.



Fair enough, but snapndrag uses the Grab engine and is easier, cleaner and faster to use, plus it adds cross hairs so you can grab more accurately.

Not only that but when you use grab it places the file on your desktop in one particular format and size, which then needs to be renamed then deleted. If you use grab a lot you'll never go back after using snapndrag especially with the icon in the menubar. You can do a partial screenshot and drag it straight to mail.app in about 5 seconds. And nothing to clean up.

iPirate
11th February 2008, 02:22 PM
Cmd-Shift-4 uses cross-hairs. Cmd-K in Preview crops. If an app can't import a .png file then it's not worth using. I don't know what's so wrong about having a file appear on your desktop (maybe you can change the default location or use tinkertool to disable desktop features?). Heck, use Backdrop (google it) to pretend you have an entirely different desktop (no clutter at all :P).

That said, as long as snapndrag is free I might get around to using it... if I ever find the need.

sighclops
11th February 2008, 03:26 PM
wow thanks for the skitch reference guys its just what i've been looking for!

thanks again!

Madeezy
28th December 2008, 11:51 PM
I took this photo one night. Its of my home Town City, Perth in Australia.

http://img.skitch.com/20081228-c2684dwwmsk4rtix737jqh6k5h.jpg

MacDave
29th December 2008, 03:37 AM
A while back, I wrote this little application which takes both full sized and a resized to 800 pixels wide screen capture both converted to jpgs after waiting a few seconds to give one time to hide windows. It's non-interactive. You just click, wait and then the two images appear on the desktop with parts of the time in their filenames (so their file names are unique.)

Needless to say, the app is free. I'm probably overcharging for it as well. =)

http://macdave.com/tmp/Captured.app.zip

The shell script this app is wrapped around is below:

##########################################

#!/bin/bash

#Another useless shell script by Macdave.

sleep 3

TIME="date "+%H_%M_%S""

/usr/sbin/screencapture -x ~/Desktop/capture.png
/usr/bin/sips -s format jpeg ~/Desktop/capture.png -o ~/Desktop/capture.jpg >> /dev/null
/bin/cp ~/Desktop/capture.jpg ~/Desktop/capturefull.jpg
/bin/rm ~/Desktop/capture.png

/usr/bin/sips --resampleWidth 800 ~/Desktop/capture.jpg >> /dev/null

#Rename the .jpg to include the time it was taken

mv ~/Desktop/capture.jpg ~/Desktop/capture`$TIME`.jpg
mv ~/Desktop/capturefull.jpg ~/Desktop/capturefull`$TIME`.jpg

#End

##########################################

Dave