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Capture View

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A good screen capture tool is pretty much an essential Windows accessory, and Microsoft's built-in Snipping Tool does a pretty good job, though it's a bit basic and also awkward to use at times. Capture View from GXDevelopment is indeed a good screen capture tool that can also capture directory contents, menus, pop-ups, and even running applications whether they're shown, hidden, or minimized. It has some useful extras, such as a timer delay feature and a suite of frequently used image-editing tools like cropping, resizing, and watermarking tools and grayscale conversion. To top it off, it's free.

We installed Capture View and clicked its desktop shortcut. The program opened with a Windows-style interface with a transparent main view, showing what was behind it, and an Aero-style toolbar with a mixed suite of unique icons and drop-down file menus. We dragged the boundary of the Capture View window over our desktop background picture and clicked Capture, which triggered a camera shutter sound. We saved the image to the desktop and opened it: a perfect copy of the capture field. Next we clicked Type/Desktop Capture and clicked Capture again. The program captured our entire wide-screen desktop, not just the visible portion. Next we clicked Application Capture, chose Normal Method (you can specify methods, too) and selected our Outlook Inbox from a drop-down list of running applications. Capture View recorded an image of our entire Inbox, even though Outlook was minimized to the desktop; that's pretty cool, and something the Snipping Tool can't do. Capture View's Directory Capture setting took a snapshot of a directory without opening it, too. The transparency and color options worked well, and having basic image-editing tools instantly accessible through the toolbar saves tons of time over opening an outside photo editor or graphics tool.

Capture View is the most versatile and capable screen capture tool we've ever used. The fact that it's free makes it a no-brainer; it blows the competition off the screen.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Overly complex, unintuitive GUI, poorly documented"

    October 15, 2011  |   By gunnergoz

    Version: Capture View 5.4

    Pros

    Free - but you get what you pay for!

    Cons

    Fails to save your snaps unless you do something that is not readily pointed out when you install and run the software.

    Summary

    I installed this to capture important one-time documents for a government application form - once the documents were closed, no more access to the page data was possible. I took snaps of the pages that I needed and when I went to find them on the HD, I discovered that Capture View did not save them automatically and simply dumped the files - worse yet, they were not even dumped into the Windows Recycle Bin. I had totally lost the information that I had installed this specifically to grab, because they did not save anything automatically like most screen grab software does! I'd never recommend this program to anyone who needs a serious screen saver for documentation and archival purposes.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very Cool Product"

    February 18, 2011  |   By jlatteo

    Version: Capture View 5.4

    Pros

    Easy to use, capture in various image formats

    Cons

    don't see any

    Summary

    great software!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Very good product"

    February 13, 2011  |   By Tburg2

    Version: Capture View 5.4

    Pros

    I use it often

    Cons

    It doesn't allow copying of a full web page.

    Summary

    Thanx

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use. Big help developing training presentations"

    February 13, 2011  |   By buckleyrg

    Version: Capture View 5.4

    Pros

    Simple and versatile. Easy-to-use tool for presentations, proposals, etc.

    Cons

    Program doesn't appear automatically on the Start menu

    Summary

    I'm really glad I found and downloaded this.

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