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, particularly the movie part. For the budget minded, macOS Sierra’s built-in Grab app works acceptably for screen captures, 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.
Snagit Snags Screens
Sometimes all you need is to grab the Mac’s entire screen or an app window. The built-in macOS tools (keyboard shortcuts) work fine and so does Grab (point and click). Other times you’ll need screen elements rearranged, annotated, with added instructions to create on-the-fly but first rate screen tutorials.
There are certain screen capture features than go beyond the mundane entire screen, region, or app window. SnagIt grabs everything from a scrolling window, from any webpage (regardless of how long the text on the page).
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 a fraction of 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.
If you’re on a tight budget, the free way to capture a Mac’s screen is Grab or QuickTime Player for movies. But if you want more functionality, Snagit is something of a bargain.