Remember the lawyer who couldn’t figure out how to use a Mac to print, screen capture, run Word?
Granted, not every Mac user will know all the ways to do everything on a Mac that they already know how to do on a Windows PC.
Windows and Macs are both point and click and keyboard access. There’s windows that float on the screen. There’s a desktop.
Microsoft Office on a Mac is about the same as on a PC (some would say it’s even better on a Mac).
Any lawyer who can’t figure out the basics of using a Mac isn’t the kind of lawyer I’d want to handle my case.
In this case, the lawyer was among the more inept technophobes and managed a few dozen examples of his lack of techno prowess.
For example, there’s this little jewel:
Of course, that’s just flatout ignorance or a lie. What? A lawyer would lie about something so simple? There’s nothing in between.
His obvious inadequacies got me to thinking about the many ways to capture a screen using a Mac. Some free, some not, all cool and easy.
Screen captures can be handy and it’s about as easy as falling down a hill using your Mac.
The real difficulty is choosing which way to capture which part of your Mac’s screen. Capture is built in to Mac OS X.
There’s also a capture tool called Grab, for those of us who have trouble remembering all the keystroke combinations.
Backdrop gives you a clean backdrop for your screen shots, reducing all the clutter on your desktop. You do have clutter, don’t you?
Capture Me is one of my favorites as it gives you a translucent box you can move around on the screen. The box can be resized and the dimensions are viewable on top.
It’s a handy tool that’s also priced right. Free.
GrabMac is another screen capture utility but this one has a built in timer. I’m not sure why I’d need a timer, but it’s nice to know one is available.
You gotta love Mac applications like GrabMac. Useful and free.
SnapNDrag is another of those nifty screen capture utilities that does what Mac OS X already does—capture screens—but does it easier; point and click.
ScreenCapture is another that just captures Mac screens; again, point and click. You’ll love the price. You guess it. Free.
One of my favorites that’s not quite free is iShowU which gives you a resizable window and lets you capture anything on the screen and save it as QuickTime movie.
I’m sure folks in education and training need tools such as iShowU.
Are you a budding videographer? A screenographer? You’ll like Screenography.
$40 gets you a utility that captures Mac screens and saves them to movies; QuickTime or Flash.
The same company has a number of image, video, and audio utilities for Macs. All with a price tag.
My favorite has always been SnapZ Pro X, now a Universal Binary screen capture utility for PPC and Intel Macs.
It does screens, windows, sections, and movies—the list of preferences and capabilities are price worthy.
At the low end of the price scale is ScreenShot Plus which uses Apple’s built in screen capture utility and adds a few extras.
One of the extras is a Widget. It’s priced right, too—free.
How many ways can you capture a screen using a Mac? What’s your favorite screen tool? What’s the Mac’s built in screen capture keystroke combinations?
You won’t win anything but you obtain today’s bragging rights on Mac know how.