I will readily admit – I can be a bit of a cheapskate. I know what things are worth to me, and won’t pay for something that I think is over-priced.
Then I’ll turn around and pay a monthly fee to play an MMO. I said I could be a cheapskate – not necessarily smart with my money.
Anyway, when it comes to the software on my computer, things fall under one of three buckets:
- Came with the computer
- Paid software
A few years ago there would’ve been a couple more categories that would’ve gotten me in trouble. But that was then, this is now. Freeware and software that came with the computer accounts for the vast majority of programs on my hard drive. They include things like iTunes, Spotify, Google Chrome, Firefox, Notepad++, and others. Under the paid software umbrella, I have a Student edition Microsoft Office (thank you, SWIC - student discounts are amazing), World of Warcraft (which I consider paid because I have to pay to use it), Final Fantasy XI (same), EV Nova (which I’ve had for YEARS and LOVE), and TechSmith Snagit.
Never heard of Snagit? If you ever want to take screenshots of specific sections of your computer, you should. If you ever put together help documents for others, you MUST. If you take screenshots to send to clients, you really should.
Snagit is an amazing piece of software. You can take screenshots of a specific area of the page (nothing special – you can do that with Windows Snipping Tool), specific regions of a page, scrolling regions, and specific windows.
But the true power of Snagit comes in its simplicity and its editing features. Taking a screenshot is as simple as hitting Print Screen. Snagit automatically pops up and presents an easy-to-understand set of options to capture all or a portion of a page. Click (or click-and-drag), and your screenshot opens in the amazingly simple Snagit Editor. The editor automatically displays your screenshot and gives you a wide variety of actions that can be taken, including:
I thought to do this post because Snagit just had an upgrade. I now see a little icon on the top of my screen hiding just enough out of view to be there, but unobtrusive.
All in all, Snagit is one of the few pieces of software that I consider a “Must Have” for any computer that I get. If you find yourself wanting to take screenshots & do simple edits to them like add text, arrows, etc – give Snagit a look. It’s a little more expensive now than when I bout it (about $50 USD now), but I still wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
Full disclosure: I’m not getting a single red cent for this review. I bought my license years ago. I just love this software, it was updated today, and I wanted to share the love.