Share screenshots with Dropbox Screen Grabber

Today I stumbled across a nifty Windows app: Dropbox Screen Grabber. It allows you to take screenshots using a predefined hotkey combination and then instantly uploads them to your Dropbox public folder; the URL of the uploaded file is placed on your clipboard.

GrabBox: Simple Mac Screenshot Sharing Via DropBox

Who says you can’t make a good thing even better? GrabBox is a nifty little utility that extends upon OS X’s built-in screenshot capabilities by automatically uploading screenshots to your Dropbox account. It also copies a URL to your clipboard, which makes sharing screenshots a snap!

TinyGrab Makes Sharing Screenshots Simple

Picture 2TinyGrab is a simple, lightweight app that makes sharing screenshots online both easy and fast. I tried the Mac (s aapl) version, but it’s also available for Windows (s msft) and works in a similar fashion.

To get started with TinyGrab, simply register on the site (by entering your name and email address), then download the app and install it. Fire it up by logging in with the password that TinyGrab emails you.

The procedure for taking a screenshot is the same as it always is with OS X (you can define your own hotkeys in the Windows version): Hit Cmd+Shift+4 to take a partial screenshot, or Cmd+Shift+4 then the spacebar to take a shot of a whole window. The difference with TinyGrab is that after you’ve taken a screenshot, you’ll hear a confirmation bleep, indicating your screenshot has been uploaded to the TinyGrab web site and the image’s URL has been placed into your clipboard. You can then just hit Cmd+V to paste the URL wherever you want to share the image. The URL is in a handy, ready-shortened form for use on Twitter — here’s an example I made earlier:

TinyGrab is available in both free and premium flavors. Premium accounts cost £10 ($16), while free accounts are limited to 10 uploads per day, and can’t search through grabs or organize them online.

Found a cool lightweight app recently? Let us know about it below!

(Via Demogirl)

Versatile Screen Capturing With Voila

Global Delight has recently announced their release of a public beta for Viola, an image capture and annotating tool for Mac.

Voila features the ability to capture a region from the screen in a variety of different shapes as well as take a full screen, timed or menu capture — significantly broader functionality than that built into OS X by default. After taking a screen capture, Voila includes annotating tools (text, arrows, callouts, sprays, stamps etc) to make editing simple and, after you’ve completed your annotation, a variety of different export options are present.
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Mac of All Trades II: Return of the Mac

It’s time for some more alchemy involving your beloved laptop or desktop companion. Just like last time, we’ll look at a few different apps that allow your Mac to perform some unusual tricks. That Apple is far from a one-trick pony, so forget about boring old internet browsing/photo and video editing/word processing. Prepare to add a “daddy” to the end of your Mac, and show all your friends just how cool you are. This batch will really help you “Bond” with your computer.

Saltwater Aquarium

Nothing says “international man/woman of mystery” like a saltwater fish tank. Whether you’re plotting to destroy the world, or just aiming to become a master of seduction, your lair should definitely house Finding Nemo and his buddies. Real aquariums are expensive and hard to maintain, but your Mac has you covered.

I know it has been around for a while, and it might not be the most useful software on the planet, but I still can’t get enough of SereneScreen’s Marine Aquarium. It comes in both pay and free editions, with the free version lacking the fish variety and customizability of the paid-for software. I set it up on my 32-inch LCD TV and let it run while working or entertaining.
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Full Page Screenshots On a Mac

Taking screenshots on Windows used to a laborious process, consisting of performing a print screen then editing the result in Photoshop. Leopard (and indeed, earlier editions of OS X) goes a long way to simplifying the process with different key combinations to achieve different results. It is possible to grab the whole screen, a single window, or a user defined area of the screen. However, I commonly find myself needing to take a screenshot of an entire webpage — not just the portion that is viewable in my browser window.
This is where WebKit2PNG and Paparazzi come in. The former is a command line utility for OS X which uses the WebKit engine (the software powering Safari) to generate full page screenshots. The latter is a piece of software which offers a user friendly interface to the command line utility, making it much easier to use. I’ll focus on the features of Paparazzi first before going a little technical to explain some of the extra features offered by WebKit2PNG.


Paparazzi Screenshot Utility
Using Paparazzi is simple. Open up the application and enter your URL. You can choose the size of the window that you’re emulating and also choose to crop the resulting image. It takes a few seconds to download the screenshot, then there are several export options to different image formats.
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2 Ways to Take Screenshots From Your iPhone

Ever wanted to know how to get great screenshots from your iPhone? It’s really easy. With the iPhone 2.0 software, you can simply hold down the Home button and press the top (on/off) button. The screen will flash and the screenshot will be saved to your iPhoto library. That’s quick and simple, for sure, but to actually use the screenshots on your computer you still have to transfer them.

You can also grab screenshots directly from your computer while plugged into your iPhone or iPod Touch. First, you have to download and install the iPhone SDK. Don’t worry, it’s free. You just have to have the desktop software tools that come with the SDK.

Open Xcode and open the Organizer window (from the Window menu). Plug in your iPhone or iPod Touch and in a few seconds, it should appear in the list of devices on the left. The first time you plug in your iPhone or iPod Touch you will be asked if you want to use that device for development.

Once you’ve got your device setup, just click the “Screenshot” tab in the Organizer window and you can capture screenshots from your device. You can capture literally any screenshot, including the lock screensaver, video as it’s playing, even as you’re holding a button down.

It can come in very handy when writing tutorials or taking screenshots of your application or mobile website for use on your marketing materials.