Anyone who’s serious about graphic design has serious tools. In fact, most of us have multiple tools that have similar functions, but different features, because, you know, different strokes for different Mac folks.
One such function that comes to mind is Mac screen captures. For the budget minded, OS X’s built-in Grab app works acceptably, but there are a dozen or so other screen capture tools that range from free to $100. Here’s one I use for serious work.
Snag It With SnagIt
Sometimes all you need is to grab the Mac’s entire screen or an app window. The built-in OS X tools (keyboard shortcuts) work fine and so does Grab (point and click). Other times you’ll need screen elements rearranged, annotated, with instructions to create on-the-fly but first rate tutorials.
There are certain screen capture features than go beyond the mundane entire screen, region, app window. SnagIt grabs everything from a scrolling window, from any webpage (regardless of how long the text).
There are even options to capture application drop down and flyout menus. Hover over the menu. Click. Perfect for onscreen tutorials and presentations.
Of course, SnagIt excels at standard capture options, including annotations and markup tools; shapes and arrows that are easily dropped onto any screen capture.
SnagIt also does screen recordings so you won’t need to use QuickTime or another Mac screen video capture tool. There’s no easier way to create screen videos for reviews, presentations, or tutorials, and they’re easily enhanced and then shared to YouTube or Facebook or Screencast.com as MP4 movies.
Anyone who knows what screen captures can do for graphics, tutorials, or presentations also knows the inherent problems with image snapshot management. It’s built in to SnagIt so recent grabs are easily available.
It may seems as if SnagIt is loaded with screen capture features, and while that’s true when compared to the free or nominally priced capture tools, it’s actually half the price of big brother Camtasia which also features iMovie-like video editing options. If I could give more than five stars for the ease of use, workflow layout, features list, and value (relative to free screen capture tools or Camtasia), I would.