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screen capture freewareGreat things come in small packages is a well worn cliché. But for software that’s a few megabytes in size, the saying doesn’t sound stale. So without further ado, let’s see what the free PicPick is all about and whether its size stands apart from its utility.

PicPick (ver. 2.3.0) as the name suggests is a screen capture freeware tool. But packed into its small frame are a few more useful tools that make it an ideal candidate for common day to day tasks. In brief, PicPick includes a basic image editor, color picker, color palette, screen tools like a screen magnifier, screen ruler, protractor, and last but not least, a whiteboard.


All this utility comes bundled within a 3.3 MB download. This software is provided as freeware for personal use only. It supports all Windows versions till Windows 7.

This makes it a good portable screenshot tool too as you can use it on most systems. You can copy the installed folder and carry it around on your pen drive. PicPick sits on the System Tray and waits for a call to action.

Let’s Capture A Few Screens

Of course, PicPick is no SnagIt (or even Jing). But the screen capturing prowess comes pretty close. Right clicking on the System Tray icon reveals that.

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From a full screen to a free hand selection, PicPick can pick off the images you want to capture. One crucial requirement with image capture tools is their ability to capture scrolling windows or webpages. PicPick has that well covered.

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The other real world situation web workers face is taking a screenshot section of a specific size. PicPick makes it convenient with the Fixed Region option that lets you enter the width and height, and then position the capture box to take a snapshot. It useful for taking quick screen captures to use as thumbnails.

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The Freehand Screen Capture is for those less than common uses when you need to trace out an irregular shape and capture it. Whichever screen capturing option you pick, the quick and cool feature is that you can take multiple screenshots.

Screen captures can be auto-saved. They can also be taken to the next step.

Do Some Basic Image Editing

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Screen captures by default open up in the image editor. Don’t expect a Photoshop or even a Paint.net. But the basic image editor helps you to do some simple image jobs. The PicPick Image Editor has a tabbed interface that makes dealing with them a snap.

For instance, you can add text to the image and send directly to MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, or any external program.

Send, Save Or Upload

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Not only any external program, but you can directly upload it to Facebook and Twitter (via TwitPic). Direct FTP uploads are also supported from the system tray. But mostly, I use it to send captured images to my Outlook emails.

Quiver Of Other Tools

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If you indulge in offhand graphic designing work (or are a serious graphic designer), tools like the Color Picker and a Color Palette can be useful for selecting the right hues. Graphic measurement tools like a Pixel Ruler, Protractor, and Cross-hair are handy for precise pixel measurements. The Magnifier helps to zoom in and out of images.

Chalk Talk On The Whiteboard

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After capturing a few images, how about an impromptu presentation using the Whiteboard tool? You can put up a photo in full screen display and use the whiteboard markers to support your short speech. And you can save it just like a screen capture.

Supporting It All With Options

The Program Options let you fine tune how the screen capture freeware app goes about its job. Some highlights include:

Let’s remember that PicPick is a free tool. It is a simple tool with constraints. If you don’t need whole lot of other goodies for your screenshots, then PicPick is a worthy pick. Does it grab your attention?

  1. jbeal1
    January 15, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Can PicPick crop an image with 'jagged edges?"

    • Saikat Basu
      January 16, 2016 at 6:45 am

      It has a crop tool. Beyond that, what you want to crop and leave out willl depend on the image I guess. Too jagged and the crop will overlap with some important element in the image.

  2. Juzerali
    August 5, 2010 at 7:25 am

    That's not exactly true.

    You can use a clever hack to bypass the Ask.com bloatware by unchecking all the 3 checkboxes related to Ask.com during installation.

    I absolutely love the program, its got loads and loads of options for a free program.

  3. Juzerali
    August 5, 2010 at 5:25 am

    That's not exactly true.

    You can use a clever hack to bypass the Ask.com bloatware by unchecking all the 3 checkboxes related to Ask.com during installation.

    I absolutely love the program, its got loads and loads of options for a free program.

  4. Bcnubes
    August 5, 2010 at 1:13 am

    PicPick is not what I expected. Unless I cleared the "Install Toolbar" checkbox the wrong way you get the Ask toolbar installed whether you want it or not. It claims it is portable but it does write to your registry for the hot keys. I have Faststone installed and just wanted to try PicPick- bad idea. Faststone hotkeys wont work anymore.

    Might be a gine screen capture program but to me it is bloatware and the portable version isn't so portable.

    I highly don't recommend.

  5. Bcnubes
    August 4, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    PicPick is not what I expected. Unless I cleared the "Install Toolbar" checkbox the wrong way you get the Ask toolbar installed whether you want it or not. It claims it is portable but it does write to your registry for the hot keys. I have Faststone installed and just wanted to try PicPick- bad idea. Faststone hotkeys wont work anymore.

    Might be a gine screen capture program but to me it is bloatware and the portable version isn't so portable.

    I highly don't recommend.

    • Saikat Basu
      August 5, 2010 at 7:51 am

      To add to what juzer says, when you use any two screencapture programs together, hotkeys do get tangled. Because most of them use the same ones I guess. For instance, I cannot use PicPick and SnagIt together.

  6. Guest
    July 1, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I use GreenShot...it's open-source.

  7. Oron Joffe
    June 19, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I've been using it for about a year, and it's a great little program. If I only need a couple of screenshots, I would probably use IrfanView (force of habit), but if I several pix, or other tools (the pixel ruler is my favourite) then it's off to PickPick. Well done for covering it here!

  8. Phil
    June 19, 2010 at 8:02 am

    this is nice tool as i am using from some time already,small, easy and up to the mark

  9. g....
    June 19, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Great program. Been using it for years.

  10. Alek Davis
    June 18, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Does it capture mouse cursor? Can it handle rounded window corners and semitransparent windows borders?

    • Saikat Basu
      June 19, 2010 at 5:46 am

      Yes to the mouse cursors. With the latter, the results aren't bad at all.

  11. juzer
    June 18, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    I've been using it for quite sometime and it really is awesome!

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