Second, there are those Mac users who capture Mac screen shots, and there’s a subset of those who annotate the captured screen sections, then share with others. There’s also another subset which captures and saves screen shots into a library for future use. Here’s how to do it all for free on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
Snappy Is As Snappy Does
Screen shot, or as they’re commonly known, screen capture tools abound on the Mac; some are expensive and full featured editors which capture a Mac’s screen into a video which can be edited and posted online.
Other tools simply mimic the Mac’s built-in Grab tool but add a few options or take up residence in the Mac’s Menubar for more convenience. Then there’s Snappy, an always on, always ready, easily accessible utility which captures screen shots and saves them on your Mac (iPhone and iPad, too; with sync built-in).
Here’s how Snappy works.
Click the Make A Snap button and then grab any section of the Mac’s screen. The captured image is placed on top the Mac’s screen but can be saved in a library of screen shots.
Not only is Snappy good for Mac users who constantly grab and annotate screen shots (I’ll get to the annotation tools in a moment), but it’s perfect for those of us who simply need a quick Post-it Note-like Sticky of an image to refer to on screen, but then saved into a library for later use.
The annotation options are what you expect. Draw, erase, write, highlight, and undo tools mean you can even take notes on the snapped screen shot and share with others. The built-in screen shot organizer keeps track of all the screen shots you take in Snappy, but also syncs them up via iCloud.
Sync up to what?
Snappy runs on the Mac, yes, but also on iPhone and iPad, which means whatever you capture from the screen is available in the Snaps Library (with the standard slow syncing from iCloud) on other devices.
Right click on any open snap and you get options to share via Facebook, Email, Twitter, Pinterest, Evernote, Dropbox, or the built-in SnappyLink service.
Sweet. And free.
Snappy is elegant and just works. It’s the free part that bothers me. Free isn’t a business model which will keep the doors open, lights on, and Snappy upgrades flowing, but for now it’s free, useful, fun, and, well, it works.