We often think of making screenshots as the first option when trying to teach others how to do something new on computers, share our screen with them, preserve things seen on screen and more. In many cases, capturing image on screen can be quite efficient to you and the guys you’re helping with. In this article, we will explore into the free image capture tools for Win/Mac users to easily create their screenshots.
I. Best Image Capture Software for Windows
Due to the rapid developments of programs based on Windows platform, there’re thousands of applications concerning screenshots in the software world. However, very few of them are worth taking up a place on your PC if you’re looking for the ability of essential capture, built-in image editor, file uploader and more options. Read our reviews of the best ones after the jump.
Free Screenshot Online (Windows)
This tool seems to be new for users, but it has a perfect integration of all the functions to assist you in image capture and even more than that. Basically, it makes screenshot capture quick easy by simply making a few clicks. And it gives you the options to include the cursor in snapshot or to have delay in capture. Different from paid program like Snagit which presents abundant options, this tool concentrates on presenting one-stop solution from capturing image to editing and sharing it.
Below are the main features:
- Capable of snapping the whole screen or customized spot on screen easily
- Detect live windows automatically and generate screenshots instantly
- Empower users to edit on a snapshot right after capturing it
- Offer free web space available for uploading screenshots after editing
- Customizable shortcuts for activating the image capture immediately
This tool also has a pro version which has various useful functions, such as taking automatic screenshot, recording screen and capturing scrolling windows. You can now enjoy all those functions by downloading it on your PC.
Where it falls short
There’s nothing that’s really perfect in the world and so is for software. The early version of Free Online Screenshot does not support scrolling window which usually appears when browsing webpages. Also, though you can edit the snapshot right after capturing it, it’s not available to drag the objects added to it. Luckily, such limits will be overcome and we could expect more optimized functions in later versions.
Snipping Tools (Windows)
This tool comes ready to use on Windows 7, Vista, 8 and even XP. Despite PC, it’s also available on the devices based on Windows 8 platform, for instance, Surface tablet, etc. Due to the convenience that you don’t need to install any third-party software, we have included it into the list. This free image capture software seems to be too simple for veteran users, but it does fulfill your needs on making screenshots. To access this tool, you just need to go to “Desktop” – “Start” – “All Programs” – “Accessories” – “Snipping Tool” (For Windows 8 user, please go to Start screen and search for “Snipping Tool”). Have a quick glance at the key features of it:
- Simple interface with capture options available on the top menu
- Immediately paste the image to editing board after capture
- Provide handy editing options like highlights, lines, etc
- Allow users to share the image through email by using Outlook
Where it falls short
As said, this tool seems to be too simple that you are not supposed to find comprehensive editing nor sharing options. For details, it does not allow adding text to the screenshot which is the most obvious drawback for it’s usually needed in annotation. Also, it only supports delivering image via Email while the social options like Facebook are not available. There’s also a slight demerit – the program does not remind you when a screenshot is done and you will be taken to the editing board without any hints.
II. Best Image Capture Freeware for Mac
There’re much fewer snapshot applications on Mac as compared with Windows. However, the average performance of such tools is relatively better than those on Windows, too. Before revealing the stuffs we found as the best, you could check the tips of using keyboard combination to create screenshots.
Command + Shift + 4: Turn your mouse cursor into a cross-hair which lets you drag a region on screen to create the snapshot. Also in this mode, you can hover your mouse over an active window and click to capture it.
Command + Shift + 3: Simply capture the entire screen with a notification of camera shutter sound.
This tool provides a smooth way to create and share screenshots on your Mac platform. This image capture tool works as uploading your image to internet as soon as it has been captured. You will receive link to every image uploaded this way. To start using it, just search for the official site via Google and get the free version to your computer. After activating the program, you’re able to press “Cmd + Up + 4” to capture image and then press “Cmd + V” to save the screenshot. When you’re not using this program, you could hind it to the task bar.
You may double click on the minimized icon to view all the images crated within this tool, but since it’s a little bit too automatic, you will find each one is set with a name which is unchangeable. GrabUp also shows up your pictures on the web which links for delivering to social accounts or other channels. However, it seems like publishing images to web is the only way to preserve them.
Where it falls short
This program is nice for users who create screenshots for sharing because it can automatically upload every of your image to web. But it’s also a significant drawback that you cannot even save them to local directory. Also, we sometimes create screenshots for personal use only but there’s no option to disable the uploader. Moreover, it seems to be a harsh to change the name of snapshot or annotate on it. All these limits have narrowed the usage of this free image capture software.