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LightShot 5.2.1.1

Take screengrabs and share them online

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Spanish, Turkish
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 17 April 2015
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Downloads To Date: 1056
Developer: SkillBrains
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LightShot 5.2.1.1
Take screengrabs and share them online

LightShot is an easy-to-use screen capture tool.

Once running, you can call up LightShot at any time by pressing PrtSc. By default you must then draw a freehand rectangle around the area you'd like to capture, although there's also an option to grab the full screen (double-click your rectangle, or right-click and select "Fullscreen").

Basic drawing tools allow you to customise your capture with lines, arrows, rectangles, highlights and text. It's all a little limited - these are bitmap edits, not vectors, so you can't select and manipulate them later - but works well for simple tasks.

Once the editing is done, you can save an image, copy it to the clipboard, or print it with a click or two.

LightShot's real advantage comes in its web options, though. There are tools to look for similar images online, share your grab via social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, VK), or upload them for hosting on prntscr.com (you'll immediately get a link to share them with others, no account required).

Verdict:

LightShot is short on capture types (it can't grab the active window). The editor is basic, and you can't prevent the program taking over the PrtSc key. It's free and easy to use, though, and is great for sharing captures online.

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.12.5

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

Version 2.12.5 brings:

• Per chat custom notification settings and mute
• You can now include videos in your chat backups in Settings > Chats and Calls > Chat Backup
• Mark chats as unread or read with a swipe to the right
• Better support for VoiceOver
• Directly share contacts from the Contacts app and locations from Apple Maps to WhatsApp
• Lower the data usage used during WhatsApp calls in Settings > Chats and Calls 
• Earlier messages now load automatically as you scroll chats
• Improved design for cropping photos and videos
• Location messages now use a large map thumbnail

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