Here’s a Mac screen capture utility that’s free and easy, and has just the right blend of basic features and a few extras to make you forget about the free-in-OS X keyboard shortcuts that capture anything and everything on the Mac’s screen, and stop using the free-in-OS X Grab utility which only does, well, grabs.
Oh Snap, Monosnap!
Apps that capture a screen or any part of a screen as an image or a video is something of a growing cottage industry on the Mac. Apps abound and so do the feature sets. In most cases you get what you pay for, but Monosnap is a bit different.
If you get Monosnap from the Mac App Store it’s free but has an in-app purchase option for some of the external services (connect to a remote server, Amazon S3 server, etc). Free is good, but the feature set is anything but minimal.
Monosnap captures the Mac’s screen, a part of the screen, or a selected window and saves it as an image file. Keyboard shortcuts make the capture straightforward, but this isn’t just a plain vanilla screen capture utility.
It records screencasts as a video, makes timed screenshots, and lets you annotate and edit the screenshots.
The tools in Monosnap are visible, straightforward, and mostly self explanatory. Crop, draw lines and arrows, add text, highlight, crop, and even edit screenshots. Of course, screenshots can be opened in a graphic editor for additional sweetening but most of what you need is contained in the app.
Drag and drop images from the Monosnap editor directly into other apps. Files can be uploaded to online storage by dragging and dropping onto the Menubar icon. It even allows uploading of videos to YouTube, or Monosnap’s own service and storage.
One of the coolest features is the option to annotate screen details while recording a video of the Mac’s screen. Videos can be shared as easily as screenshots and Monosnap is socially and remote server aware.
Lots to like here, which explains the hundreds of four and five star reviews on MAS, and the latest version is OS X El Capitan ready. I’d really like to see a built-in image library manager, and the video capture for sections is not as accurate as other screen capture apps. Not bad for free.