Auto Screen Capture is a free open source program for Microsoft's Windows operating system to capture up to four connected screens automatically.
The portable program is probably the most advanced program of its kind for Windows at the time. First, the basics. You can download the application from the project website over at Sourceforge.
Auto Screen Capture is compatible with Windows 7 and newer versions of Windows, and can be run right away without installation. The program has no dependencies and does not require third-party libraries for its functionality, and packs all of its functionality in a 300 Kilobyte executable file.
The interface of the screen capture software looks a bit crowed on first glance but everything becomes clear after a couple of minutes.
The left side of the interface lists all options and some data, the right side the different screens and screenshot previews.
The eight different option tabs define if and when screenshots are captured. Screens and regions define the capture areas, e.g. the active window or the entire screen of the first display. Regions can be very specific: you may set x and y positions, define width and height, and select an image format for the capture and its quality level. The same is possible for active window or entire screen captures.
Macros are supported for file names and you may select a target folder for the captures.
Triggers list actions on the system, by the user or system, that will trigger a screen capture or event. Triggers include the start or closing of programs, and they may be combined with program actions or loading an external editor. Editors need to be added to the application so that screenshots may be passed to them automatically.
Interval and schedule define time periods and intervals of screen capture operations. You may set limits, and define days of the week and start and end hours for capture sessions. The default interval is set to 1 minute but you may change that to better accommodate workflows.
Security provides an option to set a passphrase to prevent the stopping of the automatic screen capturing by others, and screenshots, finally, displays all screenshots that were captured recently. The program keeps records of the last 30 days by default.
When you select one of the screenshots it is displayed automatically in the preview area. Each screenshot is listed with its format, width and height, window title, date and time of capture. There is an edit button to open it in a linked image editor, and another button to open the folder the screenshots were saved to.
A click on screen displays the entire screen of the selected display, and how the selected screenshot looked on it.
Auto Screen Capture is a very powerful tool for Windows to create automated screenshots of entire screens, active windows, or regions. It is fantastic what the developer managed to squeeze into the tiny 311 Kilobyte program.
If you need something simpler and for websites, check out Site Shooter instead.
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