Software Selection for 08/05/2019 – PicPick Portable 5.0.6 (screen capture, editor, color picker) Released

PicPick Portable 5.0.6 (screen capture, editor, color picker) Released

Source: PortableApps.com

A new version of PicPick Portable has been released. PicPick is an all-in-one program, primarily system tray-based, that provides a full-featured screen capture tool, an intuitive image editor, a color picker, a color palette, a pixel-ruler, a protractor, a crosshair and even a whiteboard. It’s packaged in PortableApps.com Format so it can easily integrate with the PortableApps.com Platform. PickPick Portable is freeware for personal use only.


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Chromebook Tip: How To Perform A Screenshot

Here is a handy tip if you are using a Chromebook and need to perform a screen capture.

To do this, you have two options:

Hold down Ctrl + “Switch window” key to capture a full screenshot

OR

Hold down Ctrl + Shift + “Switch window” key to capture a partial screenshot.

Explain and Send Screenshots by Jason Savard

“Explain and Send Screenshots” is a browser extension (new to me) that gives you the ability to capture screenshots and to record video of your screen. Once the capture is performed, you can write text, crop an image and perform other functions in the editor that is built in (such as insert arrows, lines, and circles to point things out). I especially like the option of uploading my own images into the editor; which, is an option you do not typically see in these type of browser extensions.

I am still playing around with this extension; however, I can tell you the developer is top notch, for which I encourage you to explore some of his other browser extensions (that in my opinion are the best out there).

Source: Explain and Send Screenshots – Jason Savard

Take Webpage Screenshots Entirely (or by selection) – FireShot – Chrome Web Store

I’ve tried them all (Chrome Screenshot Browser Extensions)… This one (FireShot) is now under my review; and, so far, I really love it.

Here is why:

Take FULL webpage screenshots. Capture, edit and save them to PDF/JPEG/GIF/PNG, upload, print, send to OneNote, clipboard or email.

FireShot takes full web page screenshots. You can edit and annotate captures.

You can capture web pages entirely to PDF (with links) / JPEG / PNG files, print, or copy to clipboard. FireShot can work offline.

* NEW: send screenshots directly to Gmail.

“The Best Free Google Chrome Extension” by PCMAG.COM.

The screenshots are instant and produce no traffic.

### What you can do with FireShot:

✓ Capture full web pages entirely
✓ Capture only visible part of the page
✓ Capture selection
✓ Save screenshot to disk as PDF (with links), PNG, and JPEG
✓ Copy screenshot to clipboard
✓ Print screenshot

### A FREE upgrade is available. Activate it directly from the menu and:

✓ Capture specific elements, such as scrolling areas on web pages
✓ Capture all tabs in one click and save to single PDF
✓ Edit screenshot: crop, resize, add text and arrow annotations, blur areas and apply other effects
✓ Print
✓ Save screenshot to PDF files
✓ Save captures to disk as PDF, PNG, GIF, JPEG, BMP
✓ Send to OneNote (Pro version)
✓ Upload to Twitter, Google Picasa, Facebook, ImageShack, Flickr, EasyCaptures
✓ Copy screenshot to clipboard
✓ Print screenshot
✓ E-Mail
✓ Export to external editor


Source: Take Webpage Screenshots Entirely – FireShot – Chrome Web Store

Google Chrome Extension – Nimbus Screenshot and Screen Video Recorder

If you use the Google Chrome Browser or own a Chromebook, you need to install the browser extension called Nimbus. This extension, to me, is hybrid in nature between a browser extension and an actual app. I can tell you it is the best, by far, screen and video capture extension (app) out there for Google Chrome and the Chromebook. The clips that you capture can be edited (with the built in editor) and stored locally on your computer or online (at Nimbus or Google Drive or Slack).

In summary, here is what Nimbus can do:

Capture screenshots

– Capture the whole web page or a required section of it

– Capture the whole browser window

– Capture the browser window of other programs

– Quick capture site fragment

– Create your own drawing or model from scratch

Record screencasts (video from screen)

– Record video from your screen/tab (Screencasts)

– Record video from other active program

– Customize your screen resolution and FPS

– You can draw on video

Edit screenshots

– Paste different patterns and text boxes to your screenshot

– Resize and crop your screenshot

– Add arrows and stickers to your screenshot

– Highlight text on your screenshot

Share screenshots and screencasts

– Save screenshots in: JPG and PNG

– Save screenshots and screencasts to Nimbus Note

– Send screenshots to Slack

– Save screenshots to Google Drive and Google Classroom

– Comment your screenshots and screencasts


SOURCE: Google Chrome Store – Nimbus Screenshot and Screen Video Recorder

PicPick – An all-in-one (FREE) program that provides full-featured screen capture, image editor, color picker, color palette, pixel ruler, protractor, crosshair and even whiteboard…

Noticed a new version of PicPick on their site and thought I would give another shout-out for this program. This program is very good, is free and serves as an all-in-one program that provides full-featured screen capture, image editor, color picker, color palette, pixel ruler, protractor, crosshair and even whiteboard…  PicPick is available as a Windows install or portable app.

(click on screenshot to enlarge)


SOURCE: PicPick by NGWIN

Snipaste – A FREE, Customizable, and Portable Screen Capture Program

I love screen capture programs and I can tell you that Snipaste is a keeper. Simply download either the 32bit or 64bit version, unzip the file, start the application and press F1 to start snipping. You can also press F3 to paste whatever it is you snipped into its’ own floating Windows. Due that this program is a little different than what I was accustomed to when it comes to screen capture utilities, there was a short learning curve involved. Once I conquered that, I was very impressed with Snipaste (especially, its’ on-the-fly editor) and see where it will increase my productivity; especially, when using images in my blog posts.

Due this program was a little different than what I was accustomed to when it comes to screen capture utilities, there was a short learning curve involved. Once I conquered that, I was very impressed with Snipaste (especially, its’ on-the-fly editor) and see where it will increase my productivity; especially, when using images in my blog posts.

Snipaste is an easy screen capture and image edition program, with the ability to detect windows and menus and supporting pixel-level control. Both captured images and various clipboard content can be pasted as a floating window to the desktop. Windows can be moved, organized into groups, saved to file, as well as basic editions like rotation, zoom, translucence etc.

The program can grab colors, supports themes and includes multi-screen support. The default keys (which can be customized) are F1 for Snip and F3 for Paste.


SOURCE: Snipaste

A Nice Android Screen Capture and Photo Markup Tool

Grabbing a screenshot on an Android device, such as a smartphone or tablet, can be a pain in the droid…

Typically, you can hold down the power button and volume down button simultaneously to perform a screen capture; however, on a phone like mine, that maneuver is quite difficult. Besides, if you are not familier with using an Android file manager, locating the file is another frustration.

The solution is an app that is designed to perform screen captures. Today, I tried quite a few of them; five of them to be exact; and, the one I settled on was one called Screen Master. What I really like about this app is that it is FREE; has a small size less than 5 MBs; no rooting is required; can crop captured images; can easily share whatever it is you capture; and, with the photo markup tool you can add text, arrows, circles, and even turn the captured area into a shape (such as a heart)… As a matter of fact, you can use the photo markup tool to work with existing photos on your device.

Screen Master has a mid level learning curve, but once you get the hang of using Screen Master you will wonder why something like this is not already built into Android.

 Screen Master: Screenshot & Photo Markup- screenshot

Key Features:

1. Capture Screenshot, included:

– Selection screenshots
– Take screenshots by floating button
– Shake to take screenshots
Note: Floating button and Shake function are available on Android 5.0 or later

2. Image Markup, included:

– Cropping and rotation
– Photo Pixelated
– Add text on photo, custom color, style, size
– Doodle on photo, all tools you need: Arrow, Rect, Circle, Pen
– Large images can be directly annotated and do not have to be cropped
– Not only screenshots but all images are supported, you could import photo from gallery
– HD save and share with your friends

SOURCE: Google Play – Screen Master: Screenshot and Photo Markup

Using The Fireshot Browser Extension To Email Web Content To My Gmail Note Taking Account

This is sort of a repost of two things that go hand-in-hand… I recently posted the article, “How To Use A Gmail Account To Create Your Own Customized Note-Taking App“; AND ALSO, back in December posted the article, “FireShot – Google Chrome Extension to Take Screenshots“.

My project of customizing and using a Gmail account solely as a note taking app is working better than I ever anticipated and better than the other note-taking apps I was using (such as Evernote, OneNote, and Simplenote). I don’t see me going back to anything else. Just too many benefits with using the Gmail platform…

One benefit that I am taking advantage of is the FREE version of the Fireshot browser extension which allows you to capture an entire web page, the visible part of a page or a specific part of a page (that you can select). Where the benefit to me with this is that Fireshot has an option where you can use Gmail to send whatever it is that you clipped (in the PDF, PNG or JPEG formats). I prefer the PDF format due that after the conversion is made, the links in the captured page are active. Many of the other note taking apps have browser extensions that allow you to clip web site text, pictures, pages, etc… I can now do the same (and better) by using Fireshot to email web content to my Gmail Note Taking account. Fireshot is available as an extension for Firefox, Chrome, Opera or IE.

SOURCES: Fireshot and How To Use A Gmail Account To Create Your Own Customized Note-Taking App

Learn How To Find and Use The Windows Snipping Tool

A forgotten feature (or app) in Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 is the Windows screen capture utility, called the “Snipping Tool”. Personally, I use a third party screen capture utility called FSCapture; but, there are more times than I can remember where I was away from my computer (such as at work) and needed to quickly capture something on the screen and did not have FSCapture available.

If you are not familiar with the “Snipping Tool”; it is a built-in Windows Accessory (software app), once launched, that gives you the ability to take a snapshot of anything you see on your screen, whether it be full screen or just a specific region of the screen. After you take the screenshot, you can then save it to various graphic file formats (such as PNG, JPG GIF), that can be inserted in a document, sent via email, archived, etc… As a blogger, I would be lost without a screen capture utility and my productivity (and presentation) would diminish.

Typically, on Windows 10, the tool can be found under the Windows Accessories folder on the Start Menu; however, here is several ways to get to it, using the search box, on Windows 10, 8.1 and 7: 

For Windows 10 – Select the Start  button, type snipping tool in the search box on the taskbar, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.

For Windows 8.1 / Windows RT 8.1 – Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Search (or if you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search), type snipping tool in the search box, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.

For Windows 7 – Select the Start  button, then type snipping tool in the search box, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.

In Snipping Tool, select Mode (in older versions, select the arrow next to the New button), choose the kind of snip you want, and then select the area of your screen that you want to capture. After you are satisfied with the result, simply save it to the file format you desire.

Snipping Tool mode options


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FireShot – Google Chrome Extension to Take Screenshots

I recently installed FireShot and have been quite impressed. FireShot is a Google Chrome browser extension that gives you the very convenient ability to capture screenshots. You can quickly capture full web pages in their entirety; capture only visible portions of the screen; or, capture selective areas on the screen. Once you make the screen capture you can save the screenshot to disk (as a PDF, JPeg, or Png) or you can copy it to the clipboard. 

FireShot

FireShot

 

 

Snipaste – NEW Powerful Snipping Tool

Took a little bit of a learning curve; but, learned how to use Snipaste in short order. Snipaste is a windows snipping (or screen capturing) tool that is different in the way that you would normally perform a screen capture that is typical of other similar software…

Snipaste

Snipaste

FREE (for personal use) Multi-Purpose Design Tool

Noticed that PicPick, a multi-purpose design tool that features a powerful capture tool, image editor, color picker, color palette, pixel ruler, protractor, crosshair, whiteboard, etc. was recently upgraded and continues to make strides in its’ development. This is a must-have tool that is FREE for personal use. A portable version is available, as well…

PicPick

PicPick

How To Activate the Floating Assistant Menu On The Samsung Galaxy Tab S

I recently purchased the Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4 inch) Android tablet; AND, after having owned several Android tablets, this one is definitely the cream of the crop.

I continue to learn to navigate the tablet and came across a setting that I have found to be very useful that many users most likely will not try (because they do not know it is there or how to turn it “on”). It is called an Assistant Menu, that once activated, creates a small (square) floating icon (that can be moved around the screen) that will give you the ability to launch various actions, such as:

  • Home
  • Back
  • Recently Opened Apps
  • Lock and Turn Off Screen
  • Brightness Adjustment
  • Volume Adjustment
  • Screen Capture
  • Open Notification List
  • Power Off
  • Restart
  • Device Options
  • Settings
  • Cursor
  • More Options
  • Rotate Screen
  • Zoom

SPECIAL NOTE: If you notice on the list above there is one option that will give you the ability to grab screenshots, which is worth its’ weight in gold. I used that option to create the screenshot below.

The neat thing about all of this is that this floating assistant menu can be edited; and, the functions you find that you would use the most, can be reordered. The menu is easy to turn “on” and if you find you do not like it, simply go back and turn it “off”.

To turn this menu “on” and to get you to the place to where you need to be, here is how to turn “on” and edit the menu:

  • On the Apps screen, tap Settings > Device > Accessibility > Dexterity and Interaction
  • Tap the Assistant Menu Switch to toggle the switch to “on”. The Assistant Menu icon will appear at the bottom right of the screen (at which point it can be moved around).
  • To edit the menu, simply tap where it says  Assistant Menu > Edit (see screenshot below). At this point you can drag the icons around and place them in the order you desire. The order you see below is the actual order I set for my menu.  You can also remove various components from the menu.  For example, using the screenshot below, I opted to remove Cursor, More Options, Rotate Screen and Zoom from the menu.

Assistant Menu


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Get the last FREE version of FastStone Capture

A screen capture utility is a “must have” on any PC (or flash drive); especially if you are a writer, blogger, graphic designer, desktop publisher, etc… I have tried and tested many of the capture utilities and the one that has set well with me is “FastStone Capture”.  FastStone Capture went commercial after version 5.3; however, the freeware version is still available at various sites around the internet.  This little utility is a well thought out screen capture utility. It  is no wonder the author opted to go commercial with it.

Before I tell you where you can get FastStone Capture (the last freeware version), let me give you some hightlights. The download that I will refer you to is a download for the portable version that can be installed on your flash drive or into a folder of your choice on your PC. This way, if you do not like it, simply delete the folder; but I’m telling you this little app rocks and is very easy to use.

FastStone Capture uses very little screen space and provides (6) different screen capture modes (see below) that can be activated by clicking one of the mode buttons in the application or by using hotkey combinations on your keyboard.

FastStone_Capture

1. Capture Active Window

2. Capture Window /Object

3. Capture Rectangle Region

4. Capture Freehand Region

5. Capture Full Screen

6. Capture Scrolling Window

With FastStone Capture you have the option of sending the captured result to a built in graphic editor, to the clipboard, to a file, to the printer, or to an email (as an attachment).  The output file can be saved to the most common graphic file formats (e.g. gif, png, bmp, jpg, tif) or as a PDF file. Settings are also available that allow you to auto capture to an edge/watermark or to prompt you each time to assign a caption or label to your captured result.  This little app also features a built-in graphic editor, a screen magnifier and a screen color picker.

If you do not have this app, I suggest you get it now…  You can download FastStone Capture (last freeware version) [ HERE ] .

If you would like to take a look at the paid (current version), CLICK HERE

Kudos to the author of FastStone Capture for making such a wonderful application.


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