I'm always going the extra mile when I take screenshots in Windows XP. I hit the Print button on the keyboard, open GIMP and paste the contents into a new image, cut the part of the image that I want to embed in a blog post or document, resize it and finally save it before I upload it to the ftp server.
The worst part of this job is that it takes a lot of time to complete all the steps and I think I found a nice free screen capturing software with the name MWSnap which can optimize this process.
Four different ways of creating screenshots are supported by MWSnap: Fixed Rectangle, Any Rectangle, Window / Menu or Full Desktop. The Any Rectangle method is working best for my purposes.
I can draw a rectangle around the part of the computerscreen that I want to capture, fine tune it with the cursor keys and the comfortable zoom feature, and left-click when I'm done to capture the rectangle.
The Fixed Rectangle captures a predefined size that you specify. This is useful if you want to take a series of captures that need to all have the same size. Window and Desktop mode are self-explanatory I guess as they take screenshots of windows that you select or the full screen.
Hotkeys can be used to speed it up further, CTRL + Shift + A would be a shortcut to take a rectangular screenshot for instance. MWSnap provides the user with additional functions, a ruler and zoom function for instance that make it possible to create precise screenshots.
Images can be saved in a number of formats including jpg,gif and png with the possibility to select the quality level individually.
Other tools supported include a ruler and magnifier to take laser targeted screenshots, options to save or print automatically, and to print or copy images to the Clipboard.
The screenshot taking application is lightweight and easy to use. If there is one thing to criticize it is the fact that it has not been updated since 2002. While that may be discouraging, it works just fine on newer versions of the Windows operating system.
Alternative: If you prefer to use a program that is regularly updated, try Screenshot Captor.
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