Writing or presenting something on your blog might be easy to do, but getting your readers to know exactly what you’re talking about may be a little more difficult. This is why Screen Capturing is a very important tool for bloggers. Especially for Question and Answer posts, and even tutorial and help type posts work really well with screen captures.
Here are some resources and tools you should also consider:
For Desktop, we have:
- Print Screen – this button is already found on your keyboard and automatically captures the screen, and even allow you to paste it into MS Paint for editing.
- Windows Vista Snipping Tool – a Window Vista utility that captures screen shots easier, but is only available for Vista Home Premium, Enterprise, Business, or Ultimate Editions.
- Jing Project – a free software by Techsmith that’s available for Windows and Mac, that has the capability to instantly capture images and videos, as well as perform sketches on the picture and shared online.
- Snag-It – a very useful and perhaps one of the top screen capture software from Techsmith, that captures anything that you see on the screen.
- Snag-It WLW plug-in – a plug-in that allow you to capture screen shots using Snag-It, for those that uses the Windows Live Writer software as you blog.
- FastStone Capture – a featured screen capture tool that easily captures anything on the screen including menus, windows, objects, full screen, and even scrolling window/web pages.
- Evernote – a screen capture management tool that captures information anywhere on the web, that uses any device or platform that you find most convenient.
For Web Tools, the following are available:
- Browsershot – a free web service which is a must for web developers the looks of your website in different browsers or versions.
- Clip2Net – capable of capturing, sketching, and instantly shares screen captures online.
- Websnapr – allows you to create a thumbnail screenshot of any websites, just by simply entering the URL and hit “capture”.
For Firefox Plug-Ins, the available tools are:
- Snag-It for Firefox – a small custom Firefox toolbar which is an extension from Snag-It’s Firefox browser that allows users to screen capture the entire scrolling window, region, Web page, and even texts which can be edited.
- ScreenGrab – allows you to save the whole webpage, a frame in JPEG or PNG format or even a particular selection.
- FireShot – a more advanced screenshot tool that provides a set of editing tools that can instantly modify web captures insert text and graphic annotations. A Pro version with more functionality is also available in the amount of about $35.
- Page Saver – a free screenshot extension that is almost like ScreenGrab, but does not require Java. A commercial version is also available.
- Iimmgg Tools – a simple to use drop-down icon in the toolbar that enables you to capture screen shots of a selected region or the whole scrollable page, or even just the visible area.
- Kwout – a Firefox add-on that easily captures and online images or save web pages. Also provides you the screenshot codes that can be immediately embedded in the website.
More sophisticated and advanced screen capture tools are available, but for Bloggers, these simple tools may be the best way to go. Although these tools and its’ uses are legal, taking a screenshot of someone else’s website might not be. So make sure you obey any licences and use only what is needed to make your point. Also, remember to respect webmasters whose websites you are taking screenshots of.