How many ways can you capture screenshots on the Mac? I don’t know. The number of ways is long and growing and it’s difficult to keep up with all the apps that capture screen elements and save them. Somewhere.
The Mac itself comes with two time honored screen capture methods. A bunch of arcane keyboard commands most of us cannot remember. And the Grab app which makes those keyboard commands more of a point and click exercise. Is there a better way? Almost.
One. Click. Access.
Mac users have many options to capture screenshots, save screenshots, find screenshots later. Search screenshot on the Mac App Store and you’ll find a few dozen you’ve never heard of or used, a few that have been around awhile and are feature laden, and more than a handful of abandonware– apps which haven’t been updated in years.
Here’s a relative newcomer to the screenshot management scene and it comes with promise. The app is called Shotty. It does not capture screenshots– there are plenty of tools for that already, and the Mac has those infamous keyboard shortcuts that work, too– but it makes grabbing recent screenshots a one-click affair.
Click Shotty in the Mac’s Menubar and get a list of recent screenshots. From the app’s developer, Jacob Ruiz:
Shotty saves you time by giving you one-click access to all your recent screenshots from the menu bar on your Mac. You can drag and drop your screenshots into any application without needing to dig through Finder, and without switching windows.
Shotty is elegant and simple and if you’re a Mac user who captures multiple screenshots each day it’s about as handy as a Menubar app can get. Click to see the screenshots. Scroll to find the one you want. Drag and drop the screenshot into whatever app needs it.
Is necessity is the mother of invention, or what?
I created Shotty to save myself valuable time while working with screenshots in my design work, and has sped up my workflow in a big way. You’d be amazed how much time Shotty saves you, especially if you’re a designer dragging and dropping 10, 20, 30+ screenshots on a daily basis. Head over to the Mac App Store to install Shotty for yourself.
The latest version also does annotations so you can mark up a screenshot with text and drawing without having to open Preview. Quick Look works, too, so you can view a full size preview with a tap to the Spacebar. Bad screenshots are easily deleted and Shotty can help you find the screenshot in the Finder.
Not bad for a few bucks, right?
What I would like is an option to locate and display Mac screenshots taken different ways; from keyboard shortcut to Mac clipboard to Grab utility. That’s because there are so many ways to capture screenshots but fewer ways– other than the Finder– to find what has been captured. Otherwise, nicely done, very useful.