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Dress up your blog posts (or anything else) with this free Firefox extension to grab and edit screenshots.

We admit we got caught up using this Firefox extension to grab screenshots and edit them, including the capability to easily add text and draw on the image.

FireShot for Firefox places a nondescript button on your Firefox toolbar. The button contains a drop-down menu with options for editing and capturing screenshots, and accessing your preferences. The program also installs tiny, almost transparent, shortcut icons on your status bar. The shortcut icons let you edit, upload, copy, and e-mail captured screenshots, and these were very handy for handling images on the fly. In our tests, clicking the toolbar quickly brought up the screenshot in a separate window that contained options for uploading, exporting, and saving the image. We especially loved the tools for cropping, adding text, and drawing on the screenshot. Each editing feature was very easy to understand and to operate.

The editor and style and placement settings under the Options menu took a little time to figure out, and a Help file would have been a big plus, but we still found the program to be a top-notch tool. Any user who wants to add images to blogs, documents, or anything else will appreciate this effective freeware.

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