Every now and again I do a little inventory on my Mac. Sometimes it needs to be cleaned of useless apps. Other times it’s just my OCD gene kicking in. At last count I topped 110 apps, utilities, and tools on my Mac. Is that too much?
Any Mac user who works on graphic design knows the crucial need for apps that are only needed once or twice a year. In fact, I have half a dozen apps that capture the Mac’s screen, even though Apple builds in the same functionality to OS X. Which app is the best?
Snap And Drag
There are more ways to capture an image of the Mac’s screen than I care to count. Apple gives us a number of ways already built into OS X, and those are free. Use the keyboard shortcuts to capture the whole screen, or portions of the screen. Or, use Apple’s Grab app which gives you Menubar options to capture. I cannot always remember the keyboard shortcuts so I resort to an app that does the deed.
The screen capture tool I use most on my Mac is SnapNDrag Pro (there’s also a less expensive basic version) recently updated with a few more goodies, and, importantly, it is devoid of the need to remember keyboard shortcuts.
SnapNDrag’s window is a veritable toolbar of added functionality Apple didn’t bother to incorporate into the free options available in OS X. One is the quick access to screen captures, each of which can be dragged and dropped from SnapNDrag into an app. Think of this feature as a graphic image library of screen grabs.
Notice how simple the drag and drop function is in SnapNDrag? Each image is captured to the app, stored, but made available instantly. You’ll use that to drag an image into a document. The type of screen grabs available are displayed in buttons across the top.
Click to grab a Selection, an app or document Window, the entire Screen, or use the timer. Apple’s built-in Grab app does that much. SnapNDrag gives you options to change the file format, the quality setting, image size in percent, and even add a border. And, it can run standalone as an app, or in the background as a Menubar app so it’s available to use from within any Mac app you’re using at the time.
File names are easily changed from the toolbar, and images can be shared using the Sharing… button. Even screen captures are stored into days in which they were captured.
SnapNDrag makes it easier to put screen captures into your workflow, instead of being a standalone operation. This one is nicely done, appropriately priced, and there’s a try-before-you-buy version available. The Pro version has editing and annotation options, a batch re-name option, plenty of keyboard shortcuts for experienced users, and more– plus, over 600 five star reviews on the Mac App Store.