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Products I Use: Snag-It

Occasionally I find that I’ve missed the point.  (OK, more than occasionally but work with me.)  Snag It! Is one of those situations.  When I learned about SnagIt by TechSmith, I thought a screen capture program is interesting but not essential.  I’ve known for a long time that you can copy the screen to the clip board by pressing the Print Screen key on your keyboard – and copy just the active window by pressing Alt-Print Screen.  From there it’s a simple process to paste that image in your favorite graphics editor.  At least that’s what I thought.

Having written a few books and more than a handful of articles, I had gotten pretty adept at the process of capturing a screen and then saving the file out.  It took a particular bug with some beta software to make me take another look at Snag It.  All I can say is, “What an idiot I’ve been.”  It’s not really a matter of whether or not you can do a capture without Snag it.  The question is why would you want to?

Ok, maybe you don’t capture screen shots that often.  Maybe you just do it every once in a while.  However, that’s no excuse not to make the process easier – not to have a Sherpa  (in the form of software).

The guidance offered through the capture process is absolutely amazing.  Useful pop-ups guide you to the most likely next step – starting from when the application is launched.  Even an old pro like me likes the subtle reminder to save the file that I’ve captured.  (It’s not so subtle if you try to exit without saving.)

If you capture screens for training manuals, books, articles, school projects, etc., SnagIt is definitely the way to do it.

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