How many ways can you capture a screen on a Mac? There’s keystroke combinations (if you can remember them).
And there’s a bunch of apps that capture screens, or app windows, or images, or sections of your screen. There’s even one that captures everything on a screen in a multi-layered Photoshop file. For real. For me, I go with cheap and easy because I can’t remember those keystroke combos.
Apple Gives You Screen Capture: Free
Apple makes screen capture easy. If you have a memory or a cheat sheet. I’m a mommy with three little girls so my memory is fading fast. That means I can’t remember where I keep the cheat sheets.
Apple’s Grab utility (inside the Utilities folder inside your Mac’s Applications folder) does what you think it does.
It’s a simple app with pull down menus for the four basic screen capture modes.
That way you don’t need to remember anything except where Grab is located (and I just told you—remember?). Open, select, click, and click, and click.
Grab captures a selection from any screen. It captures a window from an Mac app (including Dashboard Widgets). It captures the whole screen. And it captures the screen using a built-in timer.
What if you want more but easier and just as free?
Free, Easy, Drag, Drop
That request brings me to one of my favorite screen capture tools. SnapNDrag. It’s free, but you’ll love using it so much that you’ll send some of your extra cash to the app developer in a 50-50 split to the app reviewer who told you about SnapNDrag (hint: that would be me).
What is simpler to use than this powerhouse interface? A tricycle? Soap?
SnapNDrag gives you everything Apple gives you and for the same price, but also gives you options. Options are good, right? Free or Pro, you get more.
Change the file Format to PNG or TIFF or JPEG. Change the quality of the JPEG file. Change the size of the file. And add a filename to the screen capture file.
Here’s why this is such a nifty app to use to capture screen parts.
Capture the screen, make the changes, drag it from SnapNDrag right to Mail.
You won’t need to remember keystroke combinations (but they’re built-in in case you develop some super powers as you age, and you can remember them). You won’t have to worry about file conversions, no pop up dialog boxes, and nothing to erase later.
The Complexity Of Simple Ways
It’s a simple chore that’s mere drag and drop and gone, done, completed, finished. The Pro version of SnapNDrag adds a few of the aforementioned features. Wouldn’t a Dashboard Widget that does the same kind of screen capture be a nice addition to your Mac? Well, you can Capture A Mac’s Screen With This Free Widget.
Or, use Skitch, The Free, Easy Way To Capture A Mac’s Screen, and share the image with others. Or, go totally 21st century and capture your Mac’s screen elements in layers—lots of them—with Layers Captures All Open Windows On Your Mac and saves them as Photoshop layers in a single file. See? Where there’s a will there’s lots of ways.