Snagit is a comprehensive screen capturing tool with screen recording capabilities. It has advanced features that go beyond a print screen and paste action. There are editing tools, to enhance and shape screenshots and a range of options to help you select and capture exactly what you need. Once captured, your image is stored and ready for editing or sending.
Record images, video, and audio
The majority of people working on a computer will need to capture what is on their screen at one time or another. There is a built-in, free tool for Windows 10 users, Snip and Sketch, which is replacing Snipping Tool. However, Snagit is taking functionality to a new level. Anyone from journalists to gamers, to presenters, could benefit from something more advanced to assist them with capturing their screen.
Once the application is downloaded and installed, you can launch the control box, which is small and sits at the top of your display. There is a large red button for taking screenshots and some smaller controls. You can use shortcuts to access the features of Snagit, with the ability to create your own or use the default PrtSc key. This causes crosshairs to appear for you to drag and select the area to capture.
Save to a variety of formats
After clipping an image, it is stored in the program cache, although you can also choose to save it. There is plenty of choice when it comes to file formats; choose from GIF, BMP, PDF, PSD, and JPG, among others. The clipped image is then ready for editing. You can adjust the color, highlight, add a watermark, and blur sections, which is particularly useful for hiding private data, such as phone numbers.
If there is a particular filter that you want to be added to your screenshots, you can save time by having it put on automatically when you save them. Snagit aims to solve the more challenging aspects of taking a screenshot. For example, there is a delay timer for capturing cascading windows or anything that won’t stay on your screen when using the keyboard. You can also schedule screenshots at intervals.
Capturing more than just what is on your screen is easy with this application. The scrolling feature helps you to clip wider or taller images, allowing you to capture a whole webpage. You simply scroll up, down, or from side to side to grab all of the content you want. In post-production, you can add shapes, borders and other effects.
Updated to save you time
As well as being able to set the ratio of your clip and support 4K resolution images, Snagit makes video recording possible too. You can capture the movement of your screen and an audio track, which comes from your system audio or the microphone input. The latest program has video in MP4 format, but video editing is limited. However, you can switch feeds between your screen and your webcam, which is ideal for adding commentary to presentations or tutorials.
Snagit comes as a two device license, and you can add the optional maintenance package, which gives you access to phone support, a course, and an upgrade when it is released. New features are added regularly and are usually designed to save you time. The latest include a favorites tool, a way to combine images, a simplify tool to remove effects, and a way to browse for icons.
Does Snagit lead the way?
Your needs will determine how advanced your screenshot tool needs to be. Snagit comes with a higher price than some other programs, but it does offer more than the others. There are alternatives that you can look into, to work out if they are right for you.
An alternative with potential is Greenshot. It is easy to customize with your favorite shortcuts, and you have a number of editing options available. Shots you have taken can be saved to a particular folder or sent straight to your printer. There is a free version available to see if it does the job.
If you want something more advanced than free software, but not sure if Snagit is for you, there is a free trial of Ashampoo Snap available. It works with images and video, you can use hotkeys, and there is a small choice of effects and file formats. The menus in this program can make your screen cluttered, though.
The good news is that free and powerful screenshot software does exist. ShareX is a free open source program with image and video functions for screen capture. The catch is that you will need to learn how to use it and set it up the way you want it to make the most out of this application.
A useful and high-quality tool
Snagit takes into account anything that you might want to do when capturing what is on your screen and aims to make it possible. It is easy to use, and new features are added regularly. Anyone with advanced needs for video or full website capturing will find this tool useful to get the job done and save them time.
The latest version of Snagit resolved an issue that some users were having when attempting to launch the editing part of the program.