Snagit is a powerful screen capture tool that offers more than the standard built-in options with most versions of Windows, all while allowing a greater deal of customization and editing after you've snapped your images. It's a perfect tool for anyone who regularly compiles tutorials or creates reviews of Web sites or software.
Exceptional range of customizable tools: Snagit offers a number of powerful tools, including hot key commands, customizable screen range and capture setting, and even smart-lock to determine what part of a screen to capture. You can snap a window, a form in a window, and even a menu drop down for that window, all with quick settings that appear from the software's drop down.
Edit and save images quickly: Every image you snap goes to a central folder, but at any time you can open an editing interface that allows you to crop, resize, rotate, or otherwise edit images before saving them in the format of your choice. You can also see exactly how much space is being used by these images, and cycle through the different dates on which you capture images -- all in a very smooth, streamlined interface.
Can be overwhelming for basic tasks: If all you want to do is capture an image on the screen, the Windows 7 and 8 snip tool is probably plenty for you. Snagit can feel a bit overwhelming in some settings, throwing videos, help tips, and excess menus out, even for basic tasks. That, along with the somewhat intrusive quick bar can cause problems if all you want are some basic screen captures.
For power users who frequently need to take specific screen shots, Snagit is a great tool and worth the price after your 30-day free trial expires. Check it out.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Snagit 12.0
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TechSmith Snagit helps you transform the level and quality of your communication with video and images. You can quickly provide better feedback, encourage teamwork, and change the way you work together to get things done.
You can capture any image and enhance it with effects or create a quick video of your computer screen.
Easily customize any screenshot with effects to fit your needs. You can choose the spotlight or magnify effect to highlight a given area, or draw attention to a specific point using Snagit's variety of markup tools.
You can also create quick videos by recording your screen and quickly trimming out the parts you don't need.
All of the content you create with Snagit can be easily shared with anyone.
I only use the screen capturing function for webinar recording. I compared it with other products like Camstudio, Pandopno, and Adobe Capture. This is the easiest to use, and gives me the best results! Highly recommended
A bit pricey... $30 should be more reasonable for causal users like me.
No option to select location of install OR where the captured information is streamed too.
This is strictly for the small time user. I have terrabytes of storage on my NAS. But Snagit has NO options for sending the capture data to any where BUT the C:\ drive. I need a program that will allow me HOURS of conference time. And my C:\ drive is NOT the place save it.
While I am not "power windows user", I am still much more than you average user. But the only way to change the location of where the capture data is placed to muck around with NTFS junction points. And this is not something I want to do with my main working PC.
On would think that this being the 12 version, they would have worked an option for this.
I believe an option appeared in SnagIt v11 to allow you to change to any accessible Windows folder. In v12, open "File -> Editor Options (bottom of panel)" then click the "Advanced" section on left and in the middle of the panel, change the "Automatically stored files location" entry.
There's never been a shortage of screen capture utilities out there and I've experimented with many of them. In all fairness, there are several that have improved over the years and can certainly get the job done. But that said, IMO nothing rivals Snagit in terms of functionality, user experience/workflow, support and esthetics/cosmetics. The new Version 12 adds a number of versatile new features and elegant UI improvements making the overall capture experience more streamlined than ever before. Yes, I probably sound like a Snagit sales rep (I'm not!) but after trying so many competitive products over the years I'm convinced that Snagit continues to hold the position of Top Dog. If nothing else I'd suggest that you check out the trial version and see what you think.
Snagit costs a bit more and that might be a deciding factor for some users. Still, if static or video screen captures are something you frequently use there's definitely some ROI to be gained with Snagit's streamlines workflow.
*Pinpoint accuracy with the cross hair function *Ability to edit photo size after initial capture *Ability to edit video and cut not desired sections *Organization area called the library *Easy to use, and integrates with major Office products Ability to connect mobile devices via Fuse
*although TechSmith put a lot of tools on here, would always like more :) *a couple of formats for media are not available but the main ones are (and is not a need - just a want)
Snagit is a screen or area capturing software which can work with various image types as well as video. The software is really much more than that. It is an all in one solution for editing and customizing of the media which was captured allowing for one tool to prepare the material that you need for app development, business presentation, general reporting or web design (just to name a few). With a nice free trial, anyone can validate the software before purchase; it is a sure fire win for most anyone needing this type of software. Prior to using SnagIt, I have used other brands of this type of software but each has limitations when you compare against the sheer power of the TechSmith solution. CNET reviewed an older version of this software and called it "the Swiss army knife" of photo editing tools. With the cross hair accuracy during capturing it is easy and very precise to select exactly which part(s) of the image (video) you desire. Many times, during capturing, it is a small area such as a boarder you are trying to cut out. With the cross hair and magnification at the focal point of the target area - it can be pin point accurate. Notably, the tool has a smart feature which will highlight objects during selection so if you wanted to capture a message box, it will auto select the message box - if that is not the desired area simply move the cursor. The scrolling feature is also a nice addition compared to other software sampled. While capturing a region, often there is a scrolling section that is needed. For example, a webpage or email window, may need to be captured. With the scrolling feature, when selected, the Snagit tool will automatically scroll and capture the entire region for you. To take all of this image capturing and editing a step further, once the image have been captures, you have the option to resize the capture prior to moving the file to the Snagit editor. This saves time (if you are like me) and just miss the starting point of the picture. Now, instead of restarting, I am able to finish the capture and adjust my starting line(s). The highlight of version 12.0 is the new ability to edit video. With the built in tools, you can remove sections of videos in seconds. After the capture, simply move the markers on the timeline to the desired "ends" of the section to remove and click "cut". It is that simple, and now the section which did not belong has been removed. This is great for Vloggers, video-casters, or editing of any video in general. TechSmith nailed this one - and has put themselves way ahead of the pack when it comes to inexpensive all in one packages.
Since receiving a copy of this software - I have been able to complete editing, callouts, special effects (both canned and custom) for my blog and other sites. Plus, with Snagit's comprehensive library organizer, labeling and sorting for my blog has been much easier. When it comes to time - I do not have much free time left and this tools easy to use GUI has made it much easier for project completion. The software is designed for both advanced and novice users and is a must have for anyone who captures video, or images.
Techsmith's Snagit has also become the official tool for "The Business Dude's" blog (www.thebusinessdudeblog.com).
I was in the middle of a bunch of important activities using chrome and the snagit install decided to just take matters in its own hands and shut everything down without asking permission. What? Did Microsoft buy them?
I believe an option appeared in SnagIt v11 to allow you to change to any accessible Windows folder. In v12, open "File -> Editor Options (bottom of panel)" then click the "Advanced" section on left and in the middle of the panel, change the "Automatically stored files location" entry. (This is a common complaint, so I have added it to other reviews.)
I used to love this tool and recommended it to everyone as my favorite Mac tool. Now I have to find another product for screen captures.
Every time TechSmith updates the product to a new version functionality gets lost. Just look at this thread in their Help Community: http://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/where_are_my_arrows There are 44 comments and they never solved the problem.
Right from the start, you are in a video library of help, every tiny task you want to do has a video. Instead of being intuitive, it is like you purchased an airplane and have to learn to fly. The most basic and obvious feature, screen capture and edit is so bloated and unfriendly I have no time. Much faster to not use this software.