Top 6 Snipping Tools for Mac

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Snipping Tool is a nifty utility that allows you to take screenshots of any part on Windows computer screen. It offers four screenshot modes for you: Free-form snip, Rectangular snip, Window snip and Full-screen snip. And you can also edit the screenshot briefly after capturing it. Its image editor gives you a highlighter, various colored pens and an eraser. After editing, you can save the screenshot as an image file in formats like PNG, JPEG, GIF and HTML file.

This utility is indeed a very handy tool for Windows users. However, Windows is not the only operating system for computers. There is also a large number of people using Mac OS X. And they must also be in need of a Snipping Tool on Mac. In this case, some of the best choices are given in the following.

1. Apowersoft Mac Screenshot

Apowersoft ScreenshotThis is a light-weight screen capture tool especially designed for Mac users. It allows you to capture any region on the screen like Snipping Tool on Windows. When you’ve taken a screenshot with this tool, an image editor will pop up. Then you can annotate the image with lines, arrows, texts, circles, etc. After that, you can save the screenshot to your local disk or just upload it directly to the free cloud space. Every image uploaded in this way will be hosted on an individual page with the links readily to share. It is indeed a pretty handy tool for taking screenshot in Apple computers. Here are the steps for you to create a screenshot on Mac with this tool.

  • Download and install this program on your Mac.
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  • Launch the application. You can do some settings before capturing screen. You can set hotkeys (“Command + R” by default) for taking screenshot, preset the directory (desktop by default) for saving the screenshot.
  • Hit this tool’s icon in the notification area and choose “Regional screenshot”. Or, you can also press the hotkeys you’ve set. After that, your mouse cursor will turn into a crosshair.
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  • Click, hold and drag your mouse to select the area you want to capture. Release you mouse to confirm it. You can then annotate it as you like with the drawing tools on the horizontal toolbar.
  • Hit the disk-like icon to save the screenshot. You can then find the screenshot in the directory you’ve preset.

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Tips: Alternatively, instead of saving it on your local disk, you can also upload it to the free cloud space provided by the developer. Once, it’s uploaded, you will get links to the screenshot, which are useful for embedding the image in forums and blogs.

2. Grab

grabIt can be said that Grab is a built-in free Snipping tool for Mac designed by Apple Inc. It has four screenshot modes for you to choose: Selection, Window, Screen and Timed Screen. After taking screenshot, it also provides an image editor for you to crop and annotate the image. When you are done, you can save the screenshot to a folder on your Mac in TIFF, PNG or PDF formats.

3. Skitch

SkitchSkitch is a well-known screen capture program created by Evernote. It is capable of taking multiple screenshots easily without any hassles on Mac OS X. It also has functions of editing and sharing. This program can be a good Snipping Tool alternative for Mac due to the fact that it can not only capture screenshots, but also provides more functions than the Windows Snipping Tool does, such as various image annotation and sharing options.

4. Jing

JingJing is another effective screenshot tool on Mac that makes sharing screenshots, animations and small video recordings of your screen a piece of cake. With Jing, you can capture any part of your screen, including application windows, whole screen and selected areas. Once a screenshot is captured, you can edit it with some basic elements like lines, arrows and texts. Aside from that, it also allows you to upload the screenshot to you account on Screencast.com. However, the annotation options are simple and the recording function is limited to 5 minutes.

5. Monosnap

MonosnapMonosnap is still another free Snipping Tool for Mac that allows for quick and easy image and video captures of your screen. Like Snipping Tool, it allows you to capture (as well as timed capture) the entire screen, a selected window, or any desired portion of the screen. Featuring an 8x magnifier, it allows for precise cropping and also has customization ability with its screenshot hotkeys. You can annotate your captures using basic tools and even cover private information using the software’s blur tool. It also provides free cloud storage for its registered users.

6. TinyGrab

TinygrabTinyGrab is a simple yet highly effective Snipping Tool on Mac that takes advantage of the platform’s inherent screenshot functionalities to capture screen images. After that, screenshots are quickly uploaded to a web server which enables you to share your captured screen with a small and convenient URL. TinyGrab is famous for its lightweight, unobtrusive and fast response service that can be free or premium (costing 10 pounds).

As you can see, there is a number of excellent candidates for the best Snipping tool alternatives on Mac. You can download any of the tools mentioned above. But it is highly recommended that you use Apowersoft Mac Screenshot because of the powerful functions and free cloud space it provides.

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Posted by on July 31, 2014 to Mac Screenshot, Follow me on Twitter. Last updated on October 22, 2015

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  • Does Mac's Grab let you draw lines and circles?
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    • Yes, it has an "Edit" function which allows you to add simple annotations to the screenshot.
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  • I have Grab on my Mac. When I click on it nothing happens... At work I click on the snip tool and then a drag the curser over the area I want to copy - maybe Grab doesn't work this way... Is it something I'm doing/not doing?
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    • Click the "Capture" menu and choose between the four different options: Selection, Window, Screen and Timed Screen. When the screenshot is taken, a new window will open, then choose "File --> Save". You can also choose Save As to give it a different name and/or move it to your desired location.
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  • I'm trying to screenshot or "grab" a whole page.....not all of which fits on the screen. Is there a way to do this?
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    • You could use the webpage screen capture at here: https://screenshot.net/webpage-screenshot Just enter the URL, hit the "Take Screenshot" button and you will capture the full page. Hope it helps...
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