Tuesday, July 17, 2007

FastStone | Free webtool for easy and effective screen captures

I love Snagit for taking the screenshots of different for this blog. It is probably the most versatile software, with lots of cool options to tweak the screenshot. But, most importantly, it is not a freeware. You have to purchase it to use it legally.

But, there is also a great freeware, which does most of the jobs Snagit can do. It is FastStone Capture.
It is lightweight (only 1340 kb) and offers the output in a variety of formats. It allows you to capture anything on the screen including windows, objects, full screen, rectangle regions, freehand-selected regions and scrolling windows/web pages.


  • A small floating draggable Capture Panel
  • Uses minimal memory space
  • Global hotkeys to activate the program's capture capabilities anytime, anywhere
  • Efficient tools to capture windows, objects, full screen, rectangle/freehand-selected regions and scrolling areas
  • Supports various browsers IE, FireFox and Opera
  • Option to specify destination (internal editor, clipboard, file or printer)
  • Text/Arrowed line/Highlight/Watermark annotation
  • Drop-shadow, torn-edge and fade-edge effects
  • Add caption
  • Resize, crop, zoom in/out
  • Undo/Redo
  • Support external editors, which allows you to add virtually unlimited editing capabilities to the program
  • Save as BMP, JPEG, JPEG2000, PNG, GIF, TIFF, TGA and PDF
  • Send e-mails
  • Screen magnifier
  • Screen color picker
  • Support multiple monitors
  • Option to run when Windows starts
  • And many more ...
You can download it here at PCWorld or directly from the FastStone website.