Download Screen Effects - Best Software & Apps

  • Screenshot Captor

    4.16.1

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    Platform
    Windows

    Simple and functional screenshot program

    7
    605 votes
    • PROS: Great variety of capturing options, Many filters and effects to apply, Doesn't take up much resources, Simple to use
    • CONS: Takes a while to get to grips with the tool, Interface looks a little old fashioned
  • EasyCapture

    1.2.0

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    Platform
    Windows

    Free full-featured capturing tool

    5
    188 votes
    • PROS: Many different capturing modes, Large variety of clipart, effects and filters, Tabbed interface that can open several images simultaneously, Support for hotkeys,
    • CONS: Scrolling window capture doesn't work
  • Q10

    1.2.21

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    Windows

    A full screen minimalist writing app

    9
    9 votes
    • PROS: Gives you a clean space in which to write, Excellent keyboard commands, Optional keyboard sound effects, Spell checker include
    • CONS: No mouse controls, Full screen only
  • Sim Aquarium 3D

    3.8.B70

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    Windows

    Sit back and relax and enjoy the fish swim by.

    7
    378 votes
    • PROS: It's the world's most advanced virtual aquarium!, Two intricately detailed 3D coral reef scenes, Advanced graphic effects like fish iridescence, raytraced light caustics, complex water surface. , 3D glasses and monitors supported, Four different soundscapes
    • CONS: Doesn't work well on older computers.
  • Free Screen Recorder

    3.1.2

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    Platform
    Windows

    Get audio and video captures from your screen

    6
    13 votes
    • PROS: Five capture modes, Some effects available
    • CONS: Lack of advanced functions, No integrated editor
  • Shotty

    2.0.2

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    Windows
    Mac

    Capture and share images online in two clicks

    9
    7 votes
    • PROS: Doesn't interrupt work, Basic built-in editor, Lets you share images online in different hosting services, Works with Aero transparency effects
    • CONS: The uploading feature sometimes doesn't work properly
  • PicPick Portable

    v4.0.3

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    Windows

    Handy screen capturing tool with editing capabilities

    7
    7 votes
    • PROS: No installation required, Small and quick, Several capturing modes, Includes a bunch of editing tools and effects
    • CONS: No support for web capturing, Settings menu is too hidden
  • YouRecorder

    Free 1.6.1

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    Platform
    Windows

    Record any screen activity to video

    9
    5 votes
    • PROS: A simple way to record on-screen activity, Saves videos and screenshots automatically, Can include mouse cursor and effects
    • CONS: Records videos in a proprietary format
  • Macromedia Captivate

    2.0.0.5166

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    Platform
    Windows

    Create your own animated tutorials

    4
    29 votes
    • PROS: Gives you full control over events and actions, Powerful audio and video editing tools, Wide range of effects
    • CONS: Only exports video files to .swf or .exe, The Timeline takes some getting used to if you’ve not used one before
  • Up Screensaver

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    Platform
    Windows

    Let Dug from the Up movie clean your screen

    4
    4 votes
    • PROS: Cute design, Excellent animation, Includes sound effects
    • CONS: Animation is too short and gets repetitive
  • CaptureScreen

    1.9.4039

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    Platform
    Windows

    Simple yet efficient screen capturing tool

    6
    5 votes
    • PROS: Support for all main formats, Automatic thumbnail generation, Lets you add effects to captured image, Easy to use
    • CONS: Lacks advanced features
  • WinSnap Portable Edition

    3.5.7

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    Platform
    Windows

    Take screenshots anywhere with ease

    4
    1 vote
    • PROS: No installation required, It doesn't write anything into the Registry, Several capturing modes and special effects
    • CONS: You can't use text as watermark, Effects don't have any customizing options
  • Marine Life 3D Screensaver

    1.0

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    Platform
    Windows

    Bring the deep blue sea to your desktop

    8
    16 votes
    • PROS: Hundreds of different fish and coral, Vivid colours and sound effects
    • CONS: Movements do get repatative after a while, Sound effects could be annoying in office environment
  • VieasEx

    2.4.2.1

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    Platform
    Windows

    A modest but effective image editor

    8
    3 votes
    • PROS: Supports common formats, Retouching and correction functions, Simple effects, Full screen mode, Conversion between formats
    • CONS: Not very intuitive, No layers