CNET Editors' review
Screen capture utilities are a dime a dozen these days, and while some of them are crammed full of useful features, others provide only slightly more flexibility than the Windows Print Screen key. Screenshoter falls into the latter category; it's a no-frills approach to the task of taking screen captures, and while nothing about it particularly impressed us, it works just fine for what it is.
The program's interface is plain, just a small gray rectangle with a few buttons. Users select whether they want to capture the whole screen or a particular area; the latter is a simple matter of dragging a rectangle around the desired region of the screen. Users then select a file format--they can choose between JPEG, PNG, and BMP--and specify the location where they want the image saved. Click the Screenshot button and you're done. We liked that Screenshoter lets users choose from four different levels of image quality, making it possible to save screen shots in smaller files when quality isn't important. The program comes with a brief, four-step Help file, but everything about it is pretty easy to figure out. Overall, Screenshoter doesn't do much to set itself apart from other screen capture utilities, but it's functional and may be just what you need if you want to take focused screen captures without a lot of fuss.
Screenshoter comes as a zip file and is available after extraction with no need for installation. We recommend this program to all users.
From Kevin Schneider:
It's still possible to customize all settings: Capture just a certain area of the screen or the currently active window, display the mouse cursor or set the saving image format (JPG, PNG or BMP). Other features such as setting up the image quality and automatically copying the screenshot to the clipboard are available as well. Moreover Screenshoter has a special "Compact mode" and can be minimized to the tray so it doesn't block your work. Worth mentioning is that full screen applications can be captured as well. With this advantage it's easily possible to create high quality screenshots of games, websites, office programs and even movies. Screenshoter is the right choice if you prefer a simple program to a complex one.
What's new in this version: Version 1.7 fixes automatic "Compact Mode" didn't work if the Windows option "Show window contents while dragging" has been disabled.
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"I love Screenshoter!"
Version: Screenshoter 1.61
I've been doing a lot genealogical research, especially in online newspaper archives. Often, I don't want to save an entire page ... just one article or photo. With one click, Screenshoter takes a picture of what's on my monitor and places it on my desktop. I then use my photo editor to crop the article/photo. It's fast and easy to use. And it's free!
I can think of none.
"Great capture tool!"
Version: Screenshoter 1.6
Screenshoter allows me to capture lines of documents I can't copy otherwise. That has been a huge boon to my historical research.
I wish I could crop the resulting image.
"Just what I was looking for!"
Version: Screenshoter 1.5
Easy to use. Just the right features.
There aren't any.
I was tired of Windows creating a huge bitmap every time I hit the printscreen key to get a screenshot to paste into an email or a document, or just to save. Screenshoter eliminates that annoyance by letting me set jpg as the default save format for screenshots. So I no longer have to use mspaint if I want to change the screenshot to a much smaller-sized jpg. It also provides an easy option to specify just a portion of the screen to save, which is very handy.Forgot to mention: As long as Screenshoter is already started (either manually or by making it an auto-start program), there is never any need to even open the user interface unless you want to make some kind of adjustment. For me it serves primarily as a fully-invisible way to have Windows *automatically* create a screenshots as a jpg (instead of a bitmap) when I hit the printscreen key.
While anyone can begin using Screenshoter immediately, it took me a little time to optimize to the exact configuration I wanted (which required a tad of knowledge and experimentation, as help is sparse). E.g., I set it to start with Windows but stay minimized and hidden. And I created a new default-save folder for the screenshots, then set Ccleaner (the separate free, fantastic utility) to automatically empty that folder with each cleaning, as I don't normally want to save the screenshots. This way I don't have to delete them manually.
Other screenshot programs I looked at were limited to a certain browser, or had unnecessary bells/whistles/bloat -- and weren't free. This one will work with anything you see on your monitor.
While Screenshoter is free, I made a donation in appreciation (and $10 gets you custom support, though I doubt I'll need it).
Updated on Feb 5, 2012
"This program did not satisfy my needs."
Version: Screenshoter 1.3
This may be a good program for someone looking for the characteristics that it provides.
This program was more than I was wanting in a font viewer.
"nice, handy tool"
Version: Screenshoter 1.3
simple and does what it's supposed to
"Pay attention, this is 1.2 version, not 1.21"
Version: Screenshoter 1.21
Bad mistake of the reviewer
A free good app
"simple and easy to use"
Version: Screenshoter 1.2
free, does the job
does exactly what you want it to do ( take a shot of your screen ), its that simple