Sometimes when I’m doing things online, like research, shopping or paying bills, I see something that I want to share with someone else. But I don’t need them to have to sift through the entire web page to try to find what I want them to see. Up until now, my choice has been to use the “print screen” key and then either use Photoshop or MS Paint to try to crop and erase all the irrelevant information from the page, then paste what was left into another document. I know…the process is just as long and tedious as the explanation I just gave you!
Thankfully there are people in the world who are always looking for faster and easier ways to do things! The good people at TechSmith are those kind of folks and they have come up with a great screen capture software called Snagit.
Snagit is an easy and fun to use screen capture software that lets you capture, edit and share images on your computer screen. Their cute little video will give you a quick overview of a few things you can do with the software:
So how did I use Snagit? I made a quick little Christmas list for The Man to give him some very specific ideas of items I might want to find under the tree this year!
It’s simple and easy to use Snagit
It was simple to use the Snagit capture button to grab an image, then I just switched over to the Snagit Editor to add comments and effects to give my hubby some hints about where to find these items. The whole thing took about 15 minutes from start to finish. Easy-peasy!!
My efforts were a little rudimentary compared to some of the examples I saw on the Snagit website, but with time, I’m sure I can do something more than a small Christmas tree and some “snagged” clips with callouts. Maybe something more like this sample:
I love that Snagit is so user friendly! The Snagit website has a library of short, easy to understand videos to assist beginners with screen capture and editing techniques. I was able to create my Christmas list in a few short minutes using basic tools after watching the “Introduction for New Users” video. By the time you’ve watched them all, you’ll know how to:
- Take a photo of your computer screen, including long webpages
- Enhance your image with arrows, text, and effects in the Snagit editor
- Share your creation – to documents, email, social media sites, and more!
- Organize your captures with easy auto-storing and tagging features
The cost for the software is $49.95, but Snagit offers a free 30 day trial so you can try it before you buy it. It’s available for both Windows and Mac users. I’m pretty excited to experiment with Snagit to see what kinds of fun things I can create.
How will you use Snagit?
Enter to win a subscription to Snagit
One lucky winner will be getting their very own subscription to Snagit. . . just in time for the Christmas holiday! To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment here letting us know how Snagit will help you plan those special Christmas lists.
This giveaway will end on December 27thth, 2011 at midnight ET and a winner will be chosen at random and announced shortly after. Please see our site’s terms and conditions for more information.
Written by 5 Minutes for Mom contributing reviewer, Geri. When I’m not busy picking up Legos and army guys, you can find me blogging at I Am Boymom.
Disclosure: This is part of a promotional campaign with Snagit.