Here at Softonic, we take bucket loads of screenshots every day, as we’re constantly testing out and reviewing new programs and games. Now on a PC I simply stick to SnagIt, which is by far the best and most complete screen capture tool you’ll find. On Mac, there’s a much bigger selection of excellent programs that take high quality, crisp screen grabs of whatever it is you want to show.
When you start off taking screenshots on your Mac, you’ll probably go with Apple’s Grab tool, which is found in your Utilities. Grab is a no-fuss, hands on program, which allows you to capture full screen, a selection, a window or a timed screen. You can also select your pointer type and enable sound. Nothing too exciting, but it gets the job done, and luckily, it’s already installed on your Mac. So what are the alternatives? Here is our selection of the best screen capture tools for Mac:
- Screenshot Plus Widget – My favorite. Available from the Dashboard, takes all sorts of captures and lets you format, display, export or save them.
- Jing – One-click capture of anything on your screen. An intuitive new tool from Camtasia, creator of SnagIt.
- Copernicus – Precise capture app which lets you bath preview your shots. Great if you take many screen captures regularly.
- Red Snapper – A smart plugin for Safari that lets you capture full web pages straight from the browser.
- SnapNDrag – A simple screen capture tool. Make your selection, set quality, format, size and snap away.
- QuickSnap – Fast screenshots of your screen, a selection or a window. Gets the job done and looks nicer than Apple’s Grab tool.
- Screenium – An advanced screen capture tool with presets for quality and size and a streamlined process.
- grabUp – A smart Preference Pane item that lets you grab anything on your screen and share it online immediately.
PC users, check out Nick’s list of 10 screen capture tools for Windows.