Best Free Software For Taking Screenshots

There are many free software that provide excellent screenshots which can be utilized by authors, for creating presentations, capturing content for analysis, grabbing restricted images from the internet and so on. Some people who are unaware of the free alternative apps , resort to paid ones. So here is a list of some of the best screenshot taking applications.

WebKut is an Adobe AIR application that allows you to capture web pages, or parts of them in a very simple way. It provides you 3 capture options: the entire page, the current view, or only a selection. As it is an Adobe Air based application, therefore, it works on:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Mac OSX
  • Linux based operating systems

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Greenshot is arguably the best freeware for taking high quality screenshots. Screenshots can either be grabbed of a selected area or taken of the active window from a hot key such as ALT+Print Screen.

It is available in many languages but currently only works with Windows OS including

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7

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Fireshot aka Screenshot Studio is a tool which allows you to easily take screenshot, annotate it and quickly share. With its many basic and advanced features Screenshot Studio also offers quick annotation instruments and fast and reliable publish technology that make it a powerful tool. This tool is ideal for program testers and developers for bugs documentation. It can also be used as an add-on with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Seamonkey, Thunderbird and Chrome.

Although Fireshot works on Windows based operating systems, however, by adding is add-on, it can be used with Mac and Linux based OS e.g. With the help of Chrome and Firefox.

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Download Fireshot add-on for Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Seamonkey and Thunderbird

Shotty is a small screen capture tool that allows you to take high quality screen shots with excellent support for Windows Aero Glass effects. You can capture windows in HQ mode, capture a selected window with full alpha transparency and save it as a PNG file. this allows you to merge the image with any other background while maintaining the Aero Glass effect.It can capture the entire desktop, selected region of a windows and a selected window. The program includes an image editor that allows cropping and resizing the capture with several annotation options. You can highlight areas, add custom text, blur selected areas and insert colored or semi-transparent rectangles. Other features include support for delayed captures, watermark option, integrated uploading to a temporary hosting service, auto-save option and more. Screenshots can be instantly uploaded to the cloud where they are accessible for 30 days via a given URL.

Shotty works on:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2003

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