PicPick 5.0 is the most recent version of the powerful screen capturing software for Windows that is available as a free and commercial version.
I reviewed PicPick just last month and gave it a 5 out of 5 stars rating because of its feature richness and ease of use.
PicPick 5.0 comes with a "completely re-designed look" according to the changelog. While redesigns don't necessarily have to be bad, the past has shown that major interface changes are met with heavy criticism more often than not. Reason enough to take another look at PicPick to see how its redesign fares.
Existing and new users need to download the new versions from the official project website. It is provided as a portable version and setup version which are more or less feature identical.
PicPick's interface has not changed as much as one would think. The task selection screen has been reordered and it features a new sidebar that looks similar to the File menu of Microsoft Office applications.
It lists several options, among them open, save and share, that users may activate right from there. Only some options are active when you launch the program but the menu is also displayed when you click on File in the image editor.
While that may change the workflow somewhat, it is not drastically different from how things were before.
You find the new entry "thumbnails" in the menu which displays thumbnails of all open images; useful if you keep the application open all the time.
The editor has not changed much but some interface elements have been moved. Zoom, for instance, has been moved to the View tab and Image related options are now displayed directly and not in the image menu anymore.
You can control PicPick using hotkeys if you want and bypass the "pick a task" menu or the system tray icon menu, and since you can set default actions, you may bypass the editor as well if you don't need it.
One useful new feature that the developer's introduced in PicPick 5.0 is the magnifier when using the region selector. PicPick supports all sorts of capturing options, from capturing the entire screen over scrolling windows to custom (rectangular) regions.
The program did not display a magnified view of the cursor region in that mode in previous versions; this made it difficult sometimes to select the right boundaries for the capture. The new magnifier improves the selection process significantly.
What else is new? If you run high-DPI screens you will notice that support has improved both for single-monitor systems but also for multi-monitor setups. PicPick supports different DPI values for monitors in the new version.
PicPick 5.0 displays a capture toolbar when you select some of the available capture options. It is a small on-top toolbar that you may use to switch between capturing options. You can disable the toolbar under Options > Capture > Show toolbar when capturing to turn it off.
Last but not least, there is a new icon that you may need some getting used to time if you interacted with the application's system tray icon in the past.
PicPick is still a powerful screen capturing software for Windows. I like the new version as it introduces the new magnifier when capturing parts of the screen. The interface changes are not that drastic and they don't really affect me as I use hotkeys to capture content. (via Deskmodder)
Now You: which screenshot software do you use?
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