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Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 126 votes out of 126 votes

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  • Date Added:
    Dec. 01, 2017
  • 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 8.7
  • Enhanced the Draw tool, now you can:
    • Draw curved text 
    • Insert text along a curved line (Right-click on the line and select "Insert Text")
    • Draw fancy lines (10 styles) 
    • Apply an Outline effect to lines, rectangles and ellipses
  • Added an option (Use @ in file name template) to generate random characters (0-9,a-z,A-Z) in file names. See "File Name" tab in the Settings
  • Other minor improvements and bug fixes
Publisher FastStone Soft
Publisher web site
Release Date November 28, 2017
Date Added December 01, 2017
Version 8.7
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 3.15MB
File Name FSCaptureSetup87.exe
Total Downloads 411,934
Downloads Last Week 280
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $19.95
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