SnagIt for Mac

  • Trial version
  • In English
  • V 2020.2.0
  • 3.4
  • (106)

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Powerful and advanced screen capture tool

Snagit allows you to quickly and easily capture an on-screen process, add notes and annotations, and produce visual instructions. This comprehensive screenshot program allows video and audio capture enabling you to instantly grab important content and create easy-to-follow visuals. It was developed by TechSmith and first launched in 1990.

Is Snagit free?

Snagit 2020 offers a free trial version that allows you to test a limited version of the software for 15 days, with no credit card required. To access all of Snagit's features for an extended period, there are paid-for versions of the software available. The Snagit app is available to download on Mac, Windows or Linux.

Users that already have previous versions – such as Snagit 2018 or Snagit 2019 – can upgrade to the latest version of Snagit for a reduced price.

What is Snagit used for?

The Snagit software application is used primarily for screen capture and screen recording. It can be used anytime you need to capture a process happening on your computer screen and then quickly produce visual instructions.

Snagit's simple click-hold-drag method and range of pre-built templates mean that all users, from beginners to advanced, can swiftly and effectively produce professional-looking, helpful instructions. Included in the program is also a dynamic editor that allows the user to add text, arrows, icons, and stamps to multiple captures.

For example, you might want to show your show coworkers how to do something with screenshots and screen recordings. Snagit's screen and video capture functions make this incredibly easy. You can then add notes to the images or recordings or even record audio of yourself talking through a process to produce a quick video.

This functionality makes Snagit a really useful tool for making how-to guides, visual documentation, tutorials, and brief videos. Snagit features templates that allow you to add your screenshots into pre-made layouts. This, combined with avoiding having to create long written instructions, allows you to save a lot of time.

While many computers feature native screen capture and print screen functionality, Snagit offers many innovative additional features, including scrolling screen capture. Using this function, you can grab a full-page, vertical or horizontal scrolling screenshot. You can also capture infinitely scrolling webpages and long chat messages.

A pretty neat feature is the grab text function that allows you to extract the text from a screen capture or image and easily paste it into another document. Using this tool, you can avoid having to retype all the text displayed in your screen captures.

Another impressive element is the ability to capture a short piece of video and have it instantly made into a GIF. All of Snagit's cool functionality is supported by an asset library that includes thousands of free visuals, such as stamps, photos, and templates, to help make your instructional content look really good.

Once you've finished creating your masterpiece, it's really easy to share it with your colleagues or customers. Snagit has a range of workplace sharing outputs, allowing you to swiftly share your work visa applications such as Slack.

What is better than Snagit?

There are several alternatives to Snagit. You can record your screen with the free and simple Jing tool, which was also developed by TechSmith. Camtasia Studio, on the other hand, is a more advanced video capturing and editing program. SnapNDrag, Voila, Skitch, and Copernicus also all provide alternative screen-capture capabilities.

In addition, while MacOS does not include a native snipping tool like Windows, you can snip on a Mac using keyboard shortcuts and capture your screen quickly and easily.

Create time-saving, visual instructions

Snagit is an excellent multifunctional screenshot program that is great for businesses and individuals alike. Its powerful screen capture functions help bring clarity to your communications, enabling you to produce high-quality visual instructions and how-to guides. It's a very professional and time-saving piece of software.

One downside of Snagit is that it is no longer free. Some users might be put off by that, but the paid-for upgrades allow you to take advantage of everything the program has to offer. Elsewhere, the program's huge range of functions do require a learning curve and might be confusing to some.


  • A comprehensive screenshot and screen capture tool
  • Very easy to produce visual how-to guides and tutorials
  • Great for individuals and businesses alike
  • Excellent editor
  • Easy to use interface
  • Enables clear and concise communications
  • Can capture audio
  • Easy to share work via Slack and other workplace sharing outputs


  • Only a trial version is available free of charge
  • Sliding scale of costs for use
  • Huge range of functions might be confusing

Older versions

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SnagIt for Mac

  • Trial version
  • In English
  • V 2020.2.0
  • 3.4
  • (106)

User reviews about SnagIt

  • Ragui Sbaygha

    by Ragui Sbaygha

    Too complicated to start. Not user friendly. There should be a getting started wizard.

  • Al Krasich

    by Al Krasich

    Great tool and remarkably easy to use. I highly recommend it for anyone who needs a simple screen capture tool


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