There seems to be an undue amount of re-inventing the wheel going on. Here’s a case in point. A co-worker needed some screen grabs from her Mac and asked me how to do it. In addition to the standard Mac keyboard shortcuts I can never remember, Apple gives Mac users a free screen grab tool called Grab. Here’s one that has been around awhile, does about the same thing as Apple’s but a few differences.
Field Of Screen Grabs
Screen grab tools for the Mac, other than the capable tool you can find in Applications > Utilities folder, range from free to a few bucks to almost $100 for more bells and whistles than you can count. GrabIt costs a few bucks, grabs screen shots, and saves them as graphic files. The claim to fame here seems to be the time honored formula for success in real estate sales; location, location, location.
This cute little app lives in the Mac’s Menubar so it’s easy to capture a screen grab with a click or two, or with a few keyboard shortcuts– that alone makes it worth the price tag. Click GrabIt in the Menubar and, well, grab some screenshots from your Mac’s screen.
GrabIt isn’t as devoid of useful features as it seems at first. Grab any app window and a border appears around the window which makes it easy to see what you’re actually grabbing. Apple’s app doesn’t do that. Double-clicking makes captured images small; double-clicking again brings them back to actual size.
Saving a captured screen grab seems awkward, though. Right-Drag is simple enough, but Control-Drag feels odd.
Regardless, GrabIt still feels like a wheel re-invention. Screen grab apps are abundant with no less than a few dozen available on the Mac App Store alone. One of my favorites is also free. It’s called Snappy. The added benefit is that Snappy saves screen grabs into a library which is synchronized between Macs using iCloud (and there’s an iPhone and iPad version with a price tag which also syncs).