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screen capture macWhen writing articles, I never seem to cease making screenshots. But even though there’s a good dozen third-party screenshot tools on the market, the built-in Mac OS X screenshot tool always seemed to suffice for me. It’s simple, elegant, and it just works.

A replacement screenshot utility is still far from the horizon, but you will want to augment your workflow with Snappy. It’s one of those tools you never realized you needed, but are later amazed you could do without it at all. It’s a screenshot tool of sorts, but from a wholly different perspective.

Snappy

Imagine you’re paying your bills online. You keep switching to and fro between your banking application and your invoices, or you start dragging your browser tabs around, rearranging your workspace for something as simple as paying a bill. That’s a Snappy situation. Indeed, any situation where you need to reference part of your screen, or part of an application is a Snappy situation.

Here’s how it works.

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Start taking a snap by clicking Snappy’s menubar icon, or set up a shortcut in the application preferences. The actual snapping tool looks indistinguishable from the Mac OS X screenshot utility, and it works exactly the same; just click and drag to select an area on your screen.

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Release the mouse to unleash the magic. Instead of saving your screenshot to a folder on your computer, Snappy captures the area in an inobtrusive window. Double-click to close, right-click for additional options, or drag it around your screen.

Dragging & Pinning

It’s the latter option that shows the full use of Snappy. These snaps can be dragged around your screen, but they are always pinned above the other windows on your computer.

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This makes Snappy mostly useful as a reference tool, to enhance your workflow. Capture the information you need for reference, drag it to an inobtrusive corner of your screen, and complete the rest of your work without continuous application-switching.

Management & Sharing

The real power of Snappy is in pinning your captures, but you can use it as your main screenshot tool after a fashion. Although snaps aren’t saved to the disk by default, the right-click context menu offers options to save the snap to a file, print it, or copy its contents.

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But you can also share your snaps over the Internet, again using a right-click. Email the snap to your friends or colleagues, share it on Facebook, or pin it on Pinterest. Interestingly, Snappy offers its own sharing service, by uploading the image to its website and copying the link to your clipboard or in a new email, performing similar to services like iCloud.

When push comes to shove, I still don’t consider Snappy a full-fledged screenshot tool. Neither do I expect (or even want) it to be anything of the sort. Instead, Snappy is a nice addition to the existing screenshot functionality on Mac OS X. With the right keyboard shortcut it’ll blend right in, with pinning and sharing ever at hand.

What applications do you use for screen capture and reference? Let us know in the comments!

  1. René Flohil
    August 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Sad because you have a PC? Don't worry! I use gyazo (www.gyazo.com) everyday and it works just fine :3.

    Actually I think it basicly works the same.
    You install gyazo.
    Open it anytime you want to take a screenshot.
    Drag and drop.
    The picture will automaticly be uploaded and opened in your standard-browser.

    I think this is a great tool for PC users :D

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