How many ways can we do the same thing on our Macs? As it turns out, plenty. For example, if you want to capture a portion of your Mac’s screen, there’s an app for that.
Which one? Does it cost money? Is it easy to use? As your duly unelected Value Vixen™, I’m here to give you the goods. Everything you ever wanted in Mac screen capture apps is free. Except for the ones that cost money.
The Free Click To Capture A Screen
Of course there are Mac apps that capture your screen’s contents. Some of them come with a price tag. Some don’t. Which you choose will depend on what you want, and how much money you’re willing to waste.
The built in screen capture features in your Mac are free.
There’s just one problem with this kind of free. It’s a series of keystroke combinations which capture your Mac’s screen, in whole, or in part, that you have to remember each time you use it.
This is the price of free.
For example, Command-Shift-3 captures your Mac’s screen and saves it on your Desktop. Command-Shift-4 lets you select an area of the screen, and saves it on the Desktop. It gets worse.
Command-Control-Shift-4 captures a section of the screen, but saves it to the Clipboard. See the problem? Too many things to remember. That’s not even half the options to capture screen shots.
Fortunately, your Mac comes with a handy dandy, built-in utility to do the dirty work for you. Nothing to remember. Just point and click. It’s called Grab. Here’s how it works.
Simple. Clean. Easy to use. It captures a selection, a timed selection, a window, or the whole screen—which bypasses all those crazy keystrokes you won’t remember the next time you need to capture something.
How many ways can you still capture something onscreen? Enter the world of Dashboard Widgets, those mostly free apps that do one or two or three things, and then disappear.
Screenshot Plus is a Widget that grabs full screens, portions of the screen, entire windows, and more—including Desktop icon or other Widgets.
That looks easy enough, right? Click (or, mouse over) an icon to grab a screen capture, or a Widget capture, or a selection.
In this case, the Dashboard Widget Screenshot Plus captured a Widget screen (the daily comic) and stored it.
Screen captures can be saved to the Mac’s clipboard, or direct to your hard disk drive, or exported from the Widget to other applications.
Files can be saved as .jpg, .png, .tiff, .gif, or .pdf.
You get a preview of the screen capture and an option to save, so it provides a little more function that the Grab app that comes with your Mac.
Even better, they both have the same price tag. Free.