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kwout logoIf you’re not inclined to download something like SnagIt or IrfanView IrfanView Blows Windows Viewer Out of the Water IrfanView Blows Windows Viewer Out of the Water Read More then Kwout is a very useful online service that allows you to take screenshots of webpages and post them quickly from the comfort of your browser. It is extremely easy to use and there are several ways to “kwout” something.

Let’s take a quick walk through to get a better understanding of how easy it is to use Kwout.

The Basics

Everyone should at least give Kwout a try and the best way to do that is to go to their website and use the demo on the front page. All you need to do is enter in the web address of the site where you want to take a screenshot.

kwout demo

Once you’ve put in the address, Kwout will take you to that webpage and two little boxes will pop up. The first box I messed with was the box that pops up on the right. This box allows you to adjust the size of the website. Think of it as how you adjust the size of a Word document or PDF. You can pick from three different sizes in order to find the best size that fits your needs.

Now that you’ve made your size selection, just drag the cursor around the webpage to highlight the area you want in your screenshot. Next, click the “Cut Out” button in the other box that appeared in the beginning. On a side note, there is a maximum size shot you can take of 600×600.

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kwout sample

After you take the screenshot, you are taken to another screen with lots of options. Here you can select if you want to post it to your website, Flickr account, Tumblr account or just email it to some of your friends. You can edit the size in the options area in order to better fit your liking, and you can decorate the screenshot in order to make it nice and pretty.

kwout options

Bookmarklet and Firefox Extension

To “kwout” most efficiently you will need something other than going back to the website all the time. This is where the bookmarklet comes in handy. All you need to do is drag the bookmarklet onto your bookmarks toolbar, and then you can kwout any webpage at any time.

If you aren’t a fan of bookmarklets, you can install their Firefox extension instead. This extension places a small button on the bottom bar in Firefox. It is very similar to the bookmarklet in its function, so I think it just comes down to personal preferences.

Kwout This! Button

If you own a website, you may want to encourage people to quote you or use screenshots of your website in order to get some much needed exposure. Kwout recently introduced a new button that anyone with a website can easily place on their webpage that lets their users and readers take and post screenshots of their webpage.

Overall, I think Kwout is a great solution for quick, fast and easy online screenshots. So why not try it out and let us know what you think in the comments. Do you think this could replace traditional screenshot software such as SnagIt or Irfanview?

Kyle Judkins is a 24 year old marketer and part-time tech blogger.  He is the author of LostInTechnology where he talks about some basic technology tips and tricks that everyone can use.

  1. Kyle Judkins
    July 23, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    @the talk of the town I will definitely check those out.

    @Bill Thanks for the link.

    @Aibek I like Adobe AIR apps!

    @Karl I'm glad!

  2. Karl L. Gechlik
    July 23, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    This worked pretty well. I likey.

  3. Aibek
    July 23, 2008 at 4:56 am
  4. the talk of the town
    July 22, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Other nice extensions for firefox screenshot is ScreenGrab and FireShot.

  5. Bill
    July 22, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Check out screenshot-program.com/fireshot/ (FF extension).

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