TechSmith’s Screen Capturing Tool Snagit Comes to the Mac

After 19 years of being Windows-only (s msft), TechSmith’s popular screen capturing tool Snagit has today finally been released for the Mac (s aapl), so I decided to take it for a spin.

Snagit for Mac has a different (perhaps more “Mac-like”) interface from the Windows version, but shares most of its features, including being able to grab the entire desktop, a region, a window, or a scrolling window from any webpage or application, then to edit the capture from within the tool.

When not in use, Snagit sits in an unobtrusive pullout sidebar on the right-hand side of your screen. If you’re familiar with TechSmith’s other apps (like Camtasia), the process of selecting a region to capture using the “all-in-one” capture tool will be familiar. It’s a very intuitive tool that easily enables you to select the entire screen, a particular window, accurately pick out a region, or even select a “scrolling capture” of a webpage that’s larger than the current window. I made a quick screencast to show you how easy it is to use:

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While the editing tools available are nowhere near as powerful as those in tools like Photoshop (s adbe), they’re more than capable for quick tasks like cropping, or adding text and arrows. There are also a variety of effects you can apply. When you’re happy with your image, there are a selection of export options, including uploading the image to screencast.com or to an FTP server, or emailing it.

It’s a well-designed piece of software. If you’re looking for a more powerful screen capture tool than the one that’s built into Mac OS X, it’s recommended, particularly if you need something that can take scrolling captures.

Snagit for Mac costs $49.95; a 30-day free trial is available. Anyone who has purchased Snagit 10 for Windows automatically gets a free copy of Snagit for Mac, as does any user who upgrades to Snagit 10 from previous versions.

Let us know what you think of Snagit for Mac in the comments.

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