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GreenShot

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When choosing a free screenshot tool, consider why you're saving screenshots and what you need to do to them. It must quickly and easily capture all or part of your screen. You should be able to obscure, blur, annotate, or highlight parts of the image as you create it. Finally, you should be able to save or export your screenshot just as effortlessly as you created it, including uploading it directly to sites such as Picasa using plug-ins. That describes our new favorite screenshot tool, GreenShot. Recent updates include Windows 8 compatibility.

GreenShot's installation wizard lets you choose from a variety of plug-ins to install, as well as huge list of interface languages, most displayed in their own form of script. The installer apparently detected our copy of Office because the Office plug-in was already selected. We could also set GreenShot to open when Windows starts. When it's running, GreenShot sticks to the system tray until you need it. Then you can either click its icon to open an extensive (and nicely rendered) menu, or use a variety of hotkeys for specific jobs. GreenShot's Settings are much more extensive and impressive than most free screenshot tools. For example, the Destination tab let us choose either to select file destinations dynamically (the default setting) or to designate specific choices ranging from Save directly to opening an image editor or Office app. There's also an Expert tab with a checkbox labeled "I know what I am doing!" that enables options such as checking for unstable updates and specifying printer footer patterns. The system tray menu also has a Quick Preferences submenu for common settings.

GreenShot works a lot like other screen capture tools. We selected Capture region, held down the mouse button and dragged the active area to capture a screen image. GreenShot's green-tinted capture region is pretty cool and makes selections a cinch. We opened our new image directly in the surprisingly sophisticated GreenShot Image Editor, which let us add effects, text and objects; resize, crop and rotate; and even draw freehand on our image. GreenShot is our new choice for screenshots.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I would give this product 10 starts if possible"

    February 4, 2014  |   By rhinestonejoe

    Version: GreenShot 1.1.5.2643

    Pros

    Great. Just plain great. Well thought out. Maybe it sounds dumb to someone that an app that just takes a screen shot is so important. But with this program, in just seconds, I can take a picture of a small portion of the screen add some arrows and text and send an email. It is amazing. There are a zillion options too. I only look inside the options once in a while when I think of a way to improve the product seeing that the option is already in there.

    Cons

    There are no cons period.

    Summary

    This product makes me more productive and allows me to get points across easily to others that I am emailing with rather than having to give them shared access to my screen. With the built-in image editor, you can add to the image text, shapes and arrows very quickly without the need to open a heavyweight photo editing program. I have been using this app on XP for almost a year and then put it on a Windows 8.1 machine a month ago. Both work well. No errors. No speed impact. Thanks

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Top notch!"

    January 14, 2014  |   By StarNStripe

    Version: GreenShot 1.1.5.2643

    Pros

    Magnifier window for capturing exactly the area you want. Easy interface, very straightforward. Minimal clicks to get screenshot where you want it. Copies to the clipboard as well.

    Cons

    I don't think there's an option to just have it play a "click" when you capture the screen and nothing more. Minimum it shows a context menu asking if you want to save with standard settings or specify your settings.

    Summary

    I have never found a better screen capture software, and I can't really think of how you would make it better!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good, but didn't quite meet my requirements"

    December 5, 2013  |   By howardferns

    Version: GreenShot 1.1.5.2643

    Pros

    There are a great many good things to be said about this freeware, just read all the information on their site, download it to try it, and you will see for yourself.

    Cons

    Unless I am very mistaken, any text you add has to be in a box, it does not seem possible to add text without it being in a text box. Also the box you make needs to be the right length for the text you are going to put into it. And unless I am again mistaken, it does not appear to be possible to adjust the position of the box by dragging it, like you can with, say, PicPick. For these reasons I am not keeping GreenShot.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Like This Software"

    November 23, 2013  |   By mohsinjaved463

    Version: GreenShot 1.1.5.2643

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best free screenshot app EVER!"

    October 6, 2013  |   By PsyberEMT

    Version: GreenShot 1.1.5.2643

    Pros

    I've tried many screenshot apps, both free and paid. I work for a software company in the implementation division and find myself creating TONS of training materials that require screenshots. Greenshot makes it very easy for me to take shots of an entire desktop, window, contents, etc with hot keys.

    Cons

    No real cons to speak of. There are MANY configuration options that could be intimidating to novice users, but I see that as a plus personally.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fast little tool"

    July 17, 2013  |   By wetterkrank

    Version: GreenShot 1.1.5.2643

    Pros

    Fast, reliable, a lot of functions, highly customizable

    Cons

    Can't capture video

    Summary

    I used to make screenshots with Jing, but it was awfully slow and not very stable. Greenshot works faster and has all I need: capture-and-upload in two clicks and ability to edit screenshots.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great product"

    June 5, 2013  |   By horwoods

    Version: GreenShot 1.1.5.2643

    Pros

    Simple and easy to use, has some good config options, includes an editor.

    Cons

    There are some products out there that include better editing options such as speech bubbles.

    Summary

    Fantastic free product that does the job for me.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great, but can use couple more features."

    May 18, 2013  |   By tk_cnet

    Version: GreenShot 1.0.6.2228

    Pros

    Free. Beats any other screen capture tool out there!

    Cons

    None - but I have a couple of features I wish are there.

    Summary

    Excellent tool. Better than the paid version of snagit that I normally use!
    When you capture a screen it prompts you to which word document you want the image to be pasted in...- I love this feature.
    But it would be great if the following features are also provided :

    1) An option by which the image can be automatically pasted to given filename or the last file that was accessed automatically (without prompting with a list of files to choose from)

    2) Another option by which the tool will paste into the document into which you click .

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A great app to copy and paste elsewhere quickly."

    November 24, 2012  |   By RRedsy

    Version: GreenShot 1.0

    Pros

    I really love this app. I can choose what to copy/cut - a page, an image on the page, part of a page and then save it to to one of my Office apps, Dropbox, Picasa and many other online sites.

    Cons

    Haven't found any yet.

    Summary

    When I don't need to use Evernote, but I want to save what I see, GreenShot does the trick intuitively and quickly.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "GreenShot does the job"

    November 11, 2012  |   By JCKoep

    Version: GreenShot 1.0

    Pros

    Easy to use for even novice computer users - no big training required.
    Nice intuitive interface.
    It has the set of gizmos you'd want for documentation (arrows, highlight, crop, obfuscation) without a lot of extra stuff clogging up the program.
    You can save and load objects that you frequently use (like numbering for instance).
    You can "Open with GreenShot" to use the gizmos on other images collected outside of GreenShot.

    Cons

    I haven't tried any of the other newer screenshot utilities. It is possible one of them might have something extra that GreenShot doesn't. I don't know what that might be.

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