Snagit Screen Capture Software

by Lolli

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!

 

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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:

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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.

 




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Lolli is a busy mother of five kids, ranging in age from 8 to 16, photographer, and author of Better in Bulk. Her blog has a little bit of everything – parenting, life in a large family and photography with a central tie-in: Bringing moms together to learn, connect, and enjoy life. Connect with Lolli on Twitter (@1momof5) and on Facebook.

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1 milxxon December 13, 2011 at 5:41 pm

adding effects and comments on the present list of images captured with the net on my computer. facilitates the best choice of products with a good description added to the captured photo.

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2 Dianna December 13, 2011 at 6:35 pm

It will help me to capture the images to send to the grandparents so they know for sure that they are getting the right things.

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3 Samuel December 14, 2011 at 6:17 am

Thanks for this nice review Geri. I use an old version of Snagit to take screenshots and would definitely like to upgrade as it helps me in writing reviews for Christmas Celebrations on my blog.

Thanks for this opportunity 5minutesformom :)

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4 June December 14, 2011 at 7:42 am

This looks like a very useful tool to use.

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5 tamara childers December 14, 2011 at 9:48 am

I would use it to capture a screen and email to my family in australia to make sure what I’m buying them is something they would like. Awesome love it

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6 Idaho Jill December 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm

My mother in law does not shop online. But, she uses email. So, I could send her a picture and description of the presents to get! That would be cool :-) — I also send a lot of articles to people – it would be really useful to be able to just grab the portion of the article that I want to make sure they read!

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7 Some Lucky Dog December 15, 2011 at 1:37 am

I would let my grandson use it to add pictures to his Christmas list. It would be really helpful to Grandma Santa :)
someluckydog at gmail dot com

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8 Don December 15, 2011 at 6:00 am

Sound’s easy enough, put me down for one please.

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9 video snapshot December 15, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Sounds easy. I need to find one and use.

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10 sidd December 16, 2011 at 9:43 am

Thanks for this Giveaway.Please count me in.
I want Snagit as it is the best screen capturing tool .I have tried it and it works awesome.It has a lot of features and it has a lot of ways of capturing the screen.Hope i win.

Regards,
sidd

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11 Garrett December 16, 2011 at 9:55 pm

This is something really different.

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12 Jill December 17, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I would use it to help the grandparents with gifts for the little guy.

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13 catherine c December 17, 2011 at 9:05 pm

perfect for taking pics of items that you have on your wishlist…love this!

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14 Naomi December 17, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I would actually use this to leave trails of what I would like for Christmas next year…

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15 wendy wallach December 18, 2011 at 2:12 am

I would use it as I surf around so I dont lose track of some of the more interesting things I find.

madamerkf at aol dot com

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16 Angela E. December 18, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Great for making out just about any type of list.

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17 SueSueper December 19, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Snag-it looks really cool and convenient. I would like to use it to build up a Christmas list with pictures, priorities and indicate where I can buy the items on the list. The stamps are very cool to make each section of the list special to each person.

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18 happi shopr December 20, 2011 at 11:40 am

I would be great to leave hints for hubby as to what I’d like for Christmas. :)

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19 Van December 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm

The great hint reminder!

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20 alsvegas December 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm

this is a great program to have, i use it all the time to sell things on the auction sites and to capture images from you tube video or my own video, i’m a very advanced user. so everyone enter the contest you will like this eazy to use program i am a email subscriber :)

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21 Chuck December 22, 2011 at 11:17 am

We could use this to organize the tons of family pictures that we have.

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22 Pier December 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Hoping to be in time to…win!!!
I’m a user of SnagIt (old version) for my job:-)

This wonderful software (and its brother Camtasia) can also be use to create wonderful Christmas card and video screencast for people you love!

Happy new 2012!!!

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