Snipaste is a free portable screenshot taking tool for Microsoft Windows devices -- Linux and Mac versions coming -- that is easy to use and ships with extra functionality that you may find useful.
There are numerous free and paid screenshot programs out there for Windows, and it is usually difficult to convince users to try a new program once they have set their mind on using a particular program.
Snipaste falls into the free screenshot taking tools group. Windows users can download a 32-bit or 64-bit version of the program for their devices -- there is a version for XP as well -- and run it right after extraction from that location.
Like most screenshot taking tools, it sits quietly in the background waiting for input. You may control the program directly through the system tray icon or by using keyboard shortcuts.
Snipaste does not use the usual keyboard shortcuts -- using the Print-key on the keyboard -- to power its screenshot taking functionality. Instead, it mapped the functionality on the F1 key.
A tap on F1, or a click on the program's icon opens selection mode. Move the mouse around and Snipaste will select windows or areas on the screen automatically as a suggestion. This is not a new concept as many programs in the vertical support this, but it is welcome as it makes things easier more often than not.
You can still draw a custom sized rectangle around an area on the screen though so that is covered by the program as well. The program displays a magnifier by default which magnifies what is underneath the mouse cursor so that it is easier to fine tune the borders of the screenshot.
There is also a color picker tool included which shows the color underneath the mouse cursor and lets you copy it to the clipboard with a tap on the "c" key on the keyboard.
Once you make a selection editing tools are displayed directly on the screen. You can move the screenshot, or use one of the available tools instead. Tools include what most users require such as an option to draw an arrow, add text, erase or blur, highlight, or draw rectangles around certain parts of the screenshot. A tap on the save icon opens the file browser that you use to save it.
The display of the editing options on the desktop make the operation a bit quicker than with the majority of comparable tools. SnagIt for instance loads the image in an editor where it can be edited afterwards.
While that is handy already, it is only part of the application's capabilities. Since it is called Snipaste, you'd probably assumed already that it supports pasting functionality as well.
Pasting works a little bit different than the default Windows operation. Instead of pasting the contents of the clipboard on the active window, Snipaste displays a previously copied image on the screen. Think of it as a preview of the image on the screen that you can interact with. It supports multiple sources including images, plain text, HTML and various others.
You may zoom in and out, rotate, set transparency or use other controls to interact with that image. A right-click displays options to save the image, or to destroy it again.
There is also a grouping feature available that enables you to display multiple items at the same time on the screen.
The program's preferences are quite extensive. You may use them to change snipping and pasting behavior, and to configure appearance functionality.
There is a lot to configure there, with hotkeys probably being one of the interesting options. First, the tab displays all available hotkeys so that you know what is supported and what is not. While you can only change some, the global hotkeys such as snipping and pasting functionality, there is whole bunch of internal hotkeys that you cannot change but make use of.
Snipaste is an efficient portable screenshot taking tool for Microsoft Windows devices that offers excellent functionality. The program supports multi-monitor setups and HiDPI displays on top of what has been mentioned already.
The application uses roughly the same amount of memory that SnagIt uses on the system.
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