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Screen Capture Utilities for Windows

Windows tools and utilities for making screen shots and capturing portions of the desktop and application windows. Most of these screen capture tools offer extended features beyond the standard print screen key capture built in to Windows and many include image editing and batch processing tools for modifying the screen shots after they have been taken.

Also see: Free Screen Capture Tools for WindowsScreen Recorders for Windows

Capture a Screen Shot with the Snipping Tool in Windows Vista
Before Windows Vista, if you wanted a screen shot you had to use the less than intuitive method of pressing the print screen key and pasting the screen shot into a graphics program to add markup and save it. With Windows Vista, Microsoft has included a utility called the Snipping Tool to make capturing screen shots easier.

TechSmith SnagIt (Win)
SnagIt is a comprehensive screen capture suite for Windows. It's easy to use and includes many advanced features such as autoscroll, text capture, Web capture, annotation tools, and more.

HyperSnap-DX (Win)
Performs screen capture from Windows desktop programs and game screen capture from hard-to-grab DirectX, Direct3D, 3Dfx Voodoo and Glide mode games. Also captures screen frames from many software DVD players and video software, auto-scrolls long documents, and offers built-in editing and annotation tools for marking up screen captures. US $35. Trial download available.

RoboScreenCapture from eHelp (Win)
RoboScreenCapture provides screen capture and editing in a combined interface. It may lack a few things the competition offers, but adds some unique features of its own. It's definitely a worthy contender in the screen capture power tool category.

5 Clicks (Win)
"It takes only 5 clicks to start the program, capture an image anywhere on the screen and close the program." The captured image can be saved as a bitmap file, copied to clipboard or printed. Shareware - $9.95 US.

AAA Screen Capture (Win)
"Capture full screens (including DirectX), windows, objects, and rectangle areas by hotkeys or menu commands. View/Edit the captures in the Image Editor and save them in BMP, JPEG, GIF formats and copy them to the clipboard, automatically or manually... edit the captured image by cropping, resizing and rotating. Draw text description, shapes, arrows and copy, cut, paste." Shareware - US$24.95.

Any Screen Capture (Win)
"Any Screen Capture (Any Capture) allows you to capture desired screen pictures at will and select capture area in rectangle, ellipse, window, control, menu and custom shapes etc. It can also preform DVD screen capture and game screen capture from hard-to-grab DirectX mode applications, auto-scroll window to capture long web pages or long documents." Shareware - $24.95 US.

Ashampoo SnapYa! (Win)
One click screen capture with effects and multiple output options. Shareware - US$29.99.

Capture By George! (Win)
A skinnable Windows screen capture utility that allows you to select the area to be captured before pressing the capture button. $14.95 US.

CaptureWizLite (Win)
"Capture, print, email, save or sticky-note anything on your screen fast with this simple screen camera." Shareware - $19.95US.

CaptureWizPro (Win)
"CaptureWizPro is a professional screen capture tool to save you time and effort. Just start CaptureWiz, select a portion of your screen by clicking or dragging, then choose an output, like Save, Print or Copy."

Captureur (Win)
A right click on the tray icon brings up a crosshair cursor for selecting the portion of the screen to capture to the clipboard. Freeware.

Easy Screen Capture (Win)
Capture any part of desktop screen and save as BMP, GIF, PNG, or JPEG files. Also features hot keys, editing, and printing. Shareware - $19.95 US.

Easyscreen (Win)
"Capture screen images, do screen prints, add text to images, and more." Download available. $18.95 US registration fee.

FullShot Screen Capture Software (Win)
"FullShot is a professional screen capture application designed for any Windows user who needs an effortless, effective way to work with snapshots of Windows screens."

Greatis Screen Beagle (Win)
This suite contains four integrated screen utilities: Magnifier, a screen-viewing window which can zoom from x2 to x10; Screenshot, a screen capture utility; Measurer, to measure distances and angles between any two points on the screen; and Dropper, a universal color picker and color code converter. Shareware - $19.95 US

HardCopy Pro (Win)
Entry level screen capture tool captures rectangular areas and windows. Allows you to crop, adjust color depth, save captures to a file, the clipboard or the printer. $19.95 US.

Kleptomania (Win)
Uses OCR to capture text from any application, including clipboard unaware windows and dialog boxes. Also has ability to count words and characters, sums numbers, launches URLs in browser, and more.

Mr. Captor (Win)
"Capture anything on the screen, including the entire screen, DirectX screen, rectangular, elliptical and freehand regions, a single window, a group of windows, menus, cursors, colors, and more."

Print Screen Deluxe (Win)
Capture, print, and e-mail screen shots, add comments to captures, time delay, shrink, stretch, and mirror captures, auto scroll for capturing entire web pages, and more.

Quick Screen Capture and Quick Screenshot Maker (Win)
"Quick Screen Capture will allow you to take screenshot from any part of your screen with just a few mouse clicks. You have as many as 10 ways to capture screen, and edit the images with many useful tools... Quick Screenshot Maker is an all-in-one tool for screen capture, screenshot editing and image organization."

SACapture (Win)
Use a hot-key to capture the desktop or a window and save it as a BMP, GIF, JPG, PCX, TGA, WMF, EMF. $10 US Shareware.

ScreenHunter (Win)
Features a multi-document viewer, built-in image editor, file format optimization comparisons, auto-scrolling, timed captures, and more. A shareware 30-day free trial is available. After that it's US$29.95 to register.

ScreenShot 2000 (Win)
"Hit your Print Screen key and ScreenShot will save, modify, email, copy to clipboard, print and display your present screen."

SmartCapture (Win)
Capture rectangular areas, whole objects, windows or screens; acquire from Twain compatible sources; images can be printed, saved, copied to the clipboard, sent to MS Word or edited with any image editor; supports multiple monitors, multi-level undo and much more. $34.95 US.

SPX Instant Screen Capture (Win)
Capture the screen with your mouse. Hold down the right mouse button until a small cross hair appears. Then, drag a selection around the portion of the screen that you want to capture. When you release the mouse button you can then save the image as a file, print it, or send it to email, fax, or the clipboard. Shareware - $15US to register.

ACA Capture Pro (Win)
Captures screens from standard desktop programs and even hard-to-grab DirectX, Direct3D mode games. Hot keys, drag & drop, auto-scroll, more. Shareware - $39 US. (formerly SuperCapture)

TNT Screen Capture (Win)
Capture images from your screen and add special effects. "TNT has all the cool stuff you have been missing in your screen shots. Shadows, transparency, shapes and cursors. It enhances screen shots and applies a professional, photorealistic touch." Shareware - US$45.

UltraSnap (Win)
Screen capture and image processor utility featuring zoom, resizing, special effects, enhancement presets, customizable hotkeys, and more. $23 US. Download available.

WinCopy (Win)
Capture a rectangular selection or full screen, save as BMP, GIF, TIFF, or JPEG and other formats, center and offset options for printing.

Zoom (Win)
Software to magnify and capture the screen. $25 US.

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