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share screenshotsThe old process of saving and sharing a screenshot was a tedious and annoying one. Typically, it’d involve pressing the Print Screen key, opening up an image editor such as Paint How to Edit & Enhance Screenshots in MS Paint How to Edit & Enhance Screenshots in MS Paint Read More , saving the screenshot, and then heading over to a service like Tinypic or Imgur to upload and be able to share that screenshot with others. As you can imagine, repeating this process any more than about five times in an hour should be enough to drive you insane.

When I discovered ScreenSnapr, it’s sort of like the clouds opened up in the sky. It’s one of those programs where you think to yourself “why didn’t this exist a few years earlier?” Not only does it dumb down and speed up the entire process, but it makes for a really effective tool to do even more with your screenshots.

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ScreenSnapr is completely free. Though there is a paid version of the software, all core functionality is available to you at no cost.

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The idea is quite simple: ScreenSnapr wants you to be able to click a button or press a key, select an area, and immediately have that area in a screenshot and ready to be shared. It sounds simple, and that’s exactly how it operates.

After downloading the software, you’ll need to create an account. The account serves an awesome purpose, as it’ll allow you to keep an archive of all screenshots that you’ve ever captured. This is extremely handy and effective, if not for nostalgia’s sake.

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Setup and configuration couldn’t be much more simple.

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Here, you’ll definitely want to play with the bottom three options. I highly recommend you change the image type to PNG, as PNGs preserve image quality. JPG is not a very exciting format for a screenshot and will be very fuzzy. You’ll want to set your Snap key to something that is easy to remember and easy to reach for, also. I find myself pressing it quite often.

Afterwards, give it a test. Press your hotkey. You’ll notice the page you’re on will dim. One feature that I really appreciate about ScreenSnapr, versus other similar software, is that it will actually “freeze” your screen on the frame when you press the hotkey to snap your screenshot. It’s a little frustrating when that doesn’t happen, as you have to sort of race to get that perfect screenshot in certain situations.

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Hold the left mouse button and select the area that you’d like to screenshot. Then, if you’re using the same options as I am, you should both hear a sound and see a notification in your tray (after a second) that notifies you that your screenshot was uploaded successfully. Then, all that’s left to do is to paste – http://snpr.cm/WHS9eC.png

Speed that process up a little bit and it boils down to being able to take, upload, and share a screenshot in no more than about three seconds flat.

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If you’re interested in seeing your image history, just go to the website and click on the History tab across the top. Otherwise, you can right click on your tray icon and hover the Image History menu to roll out your last five screenshots. From there, you can view or copy the URLs. A more effective way to present the screenshots would be with a time-stamped title, in my opinion, as filenames are randomized. It gets the job done nonetheless.

If you decide to become a premium user, you’ll get access to the ScreenSnapr HUB. This is basically a small screenshot editing GUI that offers a few features, like sending straight to Reddit 5 Cool Things You Should Know About Reddit 5 Cool Things You Should Know About Reddit Read More .

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You can also configure it so that screenshots are sent to your own server, rather than ScreenSnapr’s. This works well if you’re a little paranoid or like to keep your own things, like I do.

Start using ScreenSnapr today and it’ll be one of those pieces of software in the same class as Dropbox and Evernote. It’s something that has truly made my life a lot easier and I can’t really imagine using the Internet the way I do without it. Let us know if you also enjoy it, in the comments.

  1. vanessa
    April 22, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    I honestly just use various plugins that are available for firefox and chrome. Fireshot is a good one for Firefox.

  2. Thomas
    April 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I tried many (free) screen capture tools. But every time I get back to FastStone Capture. In my opinion it's still the best. Small, portable, free (till v5.3), best handling, configurable (opens file in editor or just saves it, auto save feature with custom file names, ), screen shots can be annotated within the tool, hotkeys, screen magnifier, stable and unlike many other tools of that kind it has the option "Capture Scrolling window" for screenshots that take more than page). It's nothing special with great looks - like screenpresso which is perfect for video capturing - just a simple and handy tool. I've been working with it for many years.

    Give it a try: http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=775

  3. Anand
    April 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I use uploadscreenshots.com for full screenshots and for those that need work, I use Awesome Screenshot chrome extension from Diigo. Both work really well.

  4. Chris
    April 20, 2012 at 2:08 am

    How is this compared to Gyazo?

    http://gyazo.com/

    Wondering if I should drop Gyazo and get this instead.

    • Craig Snyder
      April 20, 2012 at 6:28 am

      I used Gyazo for some time and wasn't very impressed. ScreenSnapr makes it much easier for you to bind your screenshots to a hotkey and doesn't automatically open the screenshot in your browser after taking it. Why do I want to see a screenshot of something I just took, myself, anyway?

      I'm pretty convinced that the answer lies within them wanting ad revenue, as their screenshot pages are stuffed with plenty more ads than ScreenSnapr's.

  5. Mike
    April 20, 2012 at 1:25 am

    “why didn’t this exist a few years earlier?”

    Um, it did. ScreenShotCaptor, Jing, Fireshot and many others have done this for a while.

    • Craig Snyder
      April 20, 2012 at 1:31 am

      I don't think you're looking at the full spectrum of features. I've used both Jing and FireShot. FireShot definitely doesn't support the instantaneous upload & copy feature that ScreenSnapr has going for it. Just looking at the features of SSC, it looks like it doesn't either.

      I haven't used Jing in quite a while and I don't think it keeps a record of your screenshots, remotely hosted. I know for a fact that FireShot doesn't and I'm pretty confident that this ScreenShotCaptor doesn't either.

      ScreenSnapr is more than just a tool that lets you quickly take a screenshot of a webpage and save it to your computer.

      • Victor Ong
        April 20, 2012 at 6:59 pm

        Wrong, Jing DOES keep a record. It also has the above mentioned online repository, and it DOES freeze the screen. On top of this, it can capture short videos! I don't see why this is any better than Jing.

        • Craig Snyder
          April 20, 2012 at 9:39 pm

          I think you're approaching the article a little incorrectly. I'm outlining the features of a tool that is, and does, take and manage screenshots very easily and for free.

          If your opinion is that you'd rather use Jing, which is more intensive on resources and includes things far outside of the realm of what someone who simply wants to take, upload, and host screenshots needs, then feel free: https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Amakeuseof.com%2C+Jing

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