Screenpresso is a lightweight screen grab tool that still manages to squeeze in some unusual and interesting features.
And so the program doesn't just grab your entire screen, individual windows or defined regions, for instance. It can also grab multiple images of a scrolled window and stitch them all together later. (Although it won't scroll your window automatically, unfortunately.)
Screenpresso can also capture HD Video of your on-screen activities, exporting the results in MP4 (H264), WebM, Ogv or WMV formats. Captures are limited to a maximum of 15 seconds in this free version, and include Screenpresso branding, but that could still be useful if, say, you just want to show someone what you're doing.
Once an image has been captured you may annotate it with arrows, rectangles, ellipses, text boxes, callouts and more. Then you can crop and resize it, maybe add a fancy border, without ever having to fire up your regular graphics editor.
When it's all done, another click or two can despatch your work via email, or upload videos direct to your YouTube account.
Other sharing options will quickly send your images to Twitpic, Flickr, Facebook, Evernote, even FTP servers. These will also have Screenpresso branding added in this free version, though. To remove these restrictions you'll need to upload to Screenpresso Pro, which is available for $28, and you can compare both editions in detail at the Screenpresso site.
Capturing scrolling windows could be easier, but otherwise Screenpresso proves an easy-to-use screen grab tool with a pack of useful features
Version 2.0.0 brings (see the changelog for more):
- Performance improvement and better looking with the animated magnifier during region selection.
- Zoom in/out is now possible using the mouse wheel during the capture region definition.
- When using multiple monitors, the fullscreen capture mode only captures the monitor with the mouse cursor in it.
- To capture the mouse cursor, press the [PrintScreen], then press the M key before defining the capture region. If you want to include the mouse cursor on every new capture, open the Screenpresso settings on the Screenshot tab and select Capture mouse cursor.
- The cursor can now also be captured using Capture last region, Capture active window and Capture full screen.
- New look and feel with its left toolbar.
- New rotate option from the toolbar.
- It is now possible to change the background image: right-click anywhere on the image and select "Change main image...".
- Holding the Alt key while drawing an item now sets its color as the one of the pixel behind it.
- This is great if you want to quickly draw an opaque rectangle on the image to hide part of it.
- Holding the Alt and the Ctrl key while drawing a rectangle can be used to paint over part of the image.
- Direct MP4 recording is the new default recording mode and edition and video conversions are now possible on MP4 files (PRO).
- Stereo sound recording is available.
- It is now possible to automatically stop video recording after a defined period of time in minutes.
- It is now possible to start a video capture via the command line and optionally define a maximum recording time in minutes.The webcam is now captured using its best resolution.
- Export to APNG video format is available in addition to animated GIF format.
- You can mute/silent or change the speed of a video during post processing.
- You can add an overlay timestamp to the video recording.
- You can now use the keyboard to navigate in the video preview (left and right keys).
- New look and feel. The background of the window is darker and the "Screenshot region" and "Record video" buttons are quickly available (no more intermediate popup window).
- Search for images is available: press Ctrl+F or use the keyboard to type few letters that match filenames.
- You can set a global shortcut to display the last three screenshots in the quick view window.
- The Screenpresso chrome extension is available on the Chrome webstore.
- The extension eases the capture of scrolling web pages.
- The extension sends captures to the Screenpresso workspace for a smooth editing process.
- Norwegian language is now natively supported.
- Memory improvement: screenpresso has a smaller memory footprint.