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Screeny is a versatile desktop capture tool

17 January 2017, Mike Williams

ScreenyScreeny is a comprehensive free-for-personal-use screen capture tool for Windows.

It’s a competitive market and there are a host of free screenshot and desktop recorders around, but Screeny manages to stand out anyway with its sheer weight of features.

The program isn’t just about full-screen and active window captures, for instance. It can also grab rectangular, circle, region or freehand selections, scrolling areas, DOS windows, menu structures, Windows objects (regions, windows, controls) and more.

Whatever you’re capturing can be instantly processed by selecting various checkbox options: adding a shadow, border effects, a caption, a watermark and more.

There’s also a built-in editor and paint tool, where you’re able to add arrows, ticks, question marks, stars and other clipart-type objects, and otherwise enhance and annotate the pic.


Screeny has an array of image processing options, but it’s sometimes awkward to use, and German language tooltips don’t help

When you’re ready, there are buttons to save the image as a file (PDF or image), print it, send it as an email, open it in the default application, or send it to Word, Excel, PowerPoint or MindManager.

There’s also the ability to record your desktop, complete with audio. You could record yourself working on the built-in whiteboard to create an instant presentation, eventually saving the results as an AVI (the commercial edition also records in WMV, FLV and SWF).

It’s not all good news. The workflow is sometimes awkward, operations are less than intuitive, and we regularly noticed elements of the interface which hadn’t been translated from the original German. But if you need the level of features and functionality, Screeny is worth a closer look. Check it out.

Screeny requires Windows XP and later.

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