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Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 125 votes out of 125 votes

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  • Date Added:
    Feb. 17, 2016
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $19.95 to buy
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  • Product ranking:
    #26 in Photo Editors

Editors' Review


FastStone Capture lets you grab what you want, from active windows to a user-designated portion of the screen, or create a screen recording. Once you have the image or recording, you can resize, add text, and more.


Quick toolbar access: FastStone Capture opens as a small toolbar on the upper-left portion of your desktop. The main options are easily accessed, so you can choose the screenshot option in one click. Options include the active window, a scrolling window, and even freehand. The screenshots were clean and accurate in all tests.

Editor: As soon as you take the screenshot, the new image opens in the FastStone Editor. You can add captions, blur the edges, draw on the image, and resize it, and there are even seven effects you can apply, including sepia tone or watercolor.


Toolbar design: The toolbar's icons are black and white and somewhat small, and we had to check the tooltips to find out what a few of them were for. Since the rest of the software is so intuitive, this isn't a big drawback and just some time to overcome as you become familiar with the options.

Bottom Line

FastStone Capture works well and does far more than the built-in screenshot tools. If you frequently work with images from your computer, this is a great tool to have on hand, especially with the suite of editing tools that the app includes.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of FastStone Capture 8.0.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 8.4
  • Added support for high-DPI/high-resolution/4K monitors
  • Added a tool called Screen Focus, which helps you stay focused on the task under the mouse pointer by dimming the rest of the screen
  • Added an option to show file names to the output of the "Join Images Side by Side" tool
  • Added "Adjust Lighting" to the Colors menu
  • Enhanced the Resize tool so you can resize the image based on pixels or percentage
  • Enhanced the Screen Color Picker. Now you can:
    • Press Space/+/- key to zoom in/out. Picking a color from an enlarged image is easier
    • Specify prefix and suffix to customize the format of RGB, Dec and Hex values
  • Enhanced the "Acquire Images from Scanner" tool by allowing you to adjust the colors and lighting of scanned images
  • Other improvements and bug fixes
  • Improved: New Blur version
  • Fixed: Cloud AV event logging
  • Fixed: Localization fixes
  • Fixed: Security fixes
  • Misc: Other minor bug fixes and improvements.
Publisher FastStone Soft
Publisher web site
Release Date February 14, 2016
Date Added February 17, 2016
Version 8.4
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/XP/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.98MB
File Name FSCaptureSetup84.exe
Total Downloads 405,015
Downloads Last Week 352
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $19.95

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