A snipping tool is a utility that takes a screenshot of your desktop. You can use it to capture the entire screen, specific app windows, or sections that you select with a click-and-drag mouse actmore
A snipping tool is a utility that takes a screenshot of your desktop. You can use it to capture the entire screen, specific app windows, or sections that you select with a click-and-drag mouse action.
While the free apps above only capture screenshots, SnagIt can also capture video, and it comes with more robust tools for editing both photos and videos. SnagIt can also make animated GIFs and record audio, and you get a variety of annotation tools. You can try it for free for 15 days, and if you own an older version, you get a 50% upgrade discount.
Greenshot (Windows only) is pretty similar to Lightshot, but it has better cloud support. During installation, you can install plug-ins for Dropbox, Photobucket, Flickr, and others. You can also automate attachment to emails, export to Microsoft Office apps, and highlight or mask parts of the image without having to open an image editor.
Lightshot is a free tool you can set to pop up whenever you press the print screen key (Shift-Command-4 on Macs), or it can make print screen automatically create an image file. Lightshot will save either a JPEG or a PNG file, and its image quality slider has 100 increments. Unfortunately, you don't get a preview of what the different slider ranges look like, but most tools of this type have no increments to begin with.