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I have tried many different screen capture tools 5 Alternative Screen Capture Tools For Your Mac 5 Alternative Screen Capture Tools For Your Mac Read More and the same thing always seems to be true. If it’s free it sucks and if it costs money it’s mildly better. (There are also a number of Firefox screen capture plugins 4 Cool Firefox Extensions To Capture Screens 4 Cool Firefox Extensions To Capture Screens Read More .) But I have found a great screen capture utility with a wealth of options that coincidentally is also FREE! As in free beer!

This program called ZScreen was exactly what I was looking for. Zscreen can still function like “print screen” using “alt”+”print screen” to grab the active window but that is where the similarity ends. Zscreen has the ability to auto-upload your image to Image Shack, an ftp or shoot your image to a pre-associated image program like Paint or Photoshop. This is a great tool for a blogger, web designer or an avid web surfer that likes to share what they find. You can see the authors home page here.

Simply load this application up by downloading the 847KB installer. Run it and you will be greeted by a control panel-like screen.

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There are a lot of controls and settings but out of the box Zscreen captures with the print screen button and automatically uploads the image and creates an image shack URL that you can use.

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Not enough features for ya? They’ve got more!

How about cropping a portion of a web page or your screen using the Zscreen? That’s right, no more print screening and then cropping in Photoshop!

Simply hit “control” and “print screen”. You will get an arrow that will let you draw a box around what you want to copy to your clip board.

Or if you are like me and need to save screen shots for later use, you might want to save individual files automatically and deal with them later. No problemo, just go back to your options and pull down that same drop down menu where you had selected “Image Shack” or “FTP” and choose “File” instead.

The options that configure what the file is called would be found under the “File Settings” tab. Check it out.

I don’t even think I’ve scratched the tip of the iceberg that is this screen capture program. But I can safely say that it fits into my work routine lovely! I have a feeling that I will be using it for some time to come!

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What do you, the MakeUseOf reader, use for screen capturing?

Leave your vote in the comments!

  1. Pierre Ouellette
    November 15, 2009 at 5:58 am

    I read articles and comments from MakeUseOf because I am a big freeware fan.
    Unfortunately, I find that more and more comments relate to shareware.
    Many of the comments I just read on this posting are related to software you have to pay for.
    Am I wrong or what ... ?

  2. Daniel
    May 13, 2009 at 7:20 am


    can i use this tool to start my own private thumbnail service (like WebSnapr)? i read something that it is not possible to upload resized images AUTOMATICLY with a defined list of websites... If not, are there any other tools (maybe scripts) to realise that?

  3. Time Saving Software
    January 7, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks for the tool post. I am a long-time fan of HyperSnap (SnagIt equivalent) and (@Chris) I find that I often want to print a section of what I'm looking at. Having to save, open, crop and then print would be a drag. Using the "capture region to clipboard" feature, I drag over the area then hit print -- fast!

  4. galets
    December 27, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Another tool for instant screen capture and upload is VVCap ( It allows instaltly capturing part of screen into a URL with no registration at all. And it's very simple - lot simpler than this one

  5. Pamelalibrarian
    December 21, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    registereduser1946 - Wow thanks for the VISTA tip! I love finding features that were already on my computer that are awesome! That snip tool is way easier than what I was doing before & I don't have to download & learn a whole new program!!

  6. Chris
    December 14, 2008 at 10:55 am

    I only use "print screen" button on the keyboard for screen capturing. Then I paste the image in Paint, then save it as a jpeg. Sorry guys, but seriously, how often do you really use screen capturing and why would you need a another/special program for this, cluttering your harddrive. I bet you can save alot of jpegs to override the space that this app takes. The less clutter you have on your computer, the faster it will become. Me, I only download what I really use on a day/weekly basis.

  7. 1fastbullet
    December 13, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    At the risk of repeating myself. "But Does It Work In Linux"??

    Jeeze, what does it take to get this included in these pages?

    • Karl L. Gechlik |
      December 14, 2008 at 9:18 am

      No sorry Windows only. I could have swore PC was in the title! Sorry Loodac.

  8. Loodac
    December 13, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Jing project works for me quite well.

  9. gabe
    December 11, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Faststone Capture works beautifully. I especially like its ability to scroll a page so you can capture the portion that extends beyond what you see in your browser.

  10. registereduser1946
    December 11, 2008 at 11:25 am

    I use Vista's snippy tool. capture only what you want,email or save to features.

  11. fullbug
    December 11, 2008 at 9:06 am

    Been using Faststone Capture (the last free version) for years, have never needed anything else....

  12. Shreela
    December 10, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Ok, I'm missing something obvious, sorry. How do you set up your Image Shack destination? All I see in the tabs is a place to setup my FTP. I looked around Image Shack, and didn't find any FTP settings there.

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      December 10, 2008 at 6:48 pm

      It just auto uploads to image shack and returns the url. Simple... Easy peasy.

  13. Steve
    December 10, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Snagit. Unrivaled. Still the only one that can capture scrolling windows in all applications. And it automatically saves the screen shots as well (no upload though)

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