Ashampoo Snap 11 is a premium screen capturing tool that offers plenty of options, some of which are unique and the built-in editor has a lot to offer.
The program is available for Windows 7 and newer versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system. The regular price is $39.99 but there are discounts for users who upgrade from previous versions and deals available (e.g. Black Friday) regularly.
A help screen is displayed when you run Snap 11 which outlines the key elements of the interface to assist new and returning users.
While minimized, Snap puts a Capture Bar at the top of the screen. You can mouse over to where the small line is displayed, and the bar appears. It allows you to access the various capture modes (explained below) and the program's settings quickly. The capture bar provides for a distraction-free experience and works in full-screen mode too.
Note: I don't believe the hamburger menu icon used to be there in previous versions. Anyway, it's called the Touch-Screen Gripper (seriously), and can be disabled from the Settings > Capture tab.
Tip: You may want to disable the Automatic Crash Reporting from the Settings > General tab. And while you're at it, you might as well disable the news (service information, exclusive offers, and recommendations). I don't like it when premium software displays banners and places shortcuts, it makes me not want to buy those.
Tip: On the wrong screen? Just use right-click to cancel a capture.
Right-click on Snap's system tray icon and you'll be able to access all the capture modes from the context menu. These are the various screenshot modes available in Ashampoo Snap 11:
The option supports four modes - desktop (as-you-see-it) which is same as the print screen mode, stacked (Cascading windows), side-by-side (application windows), and side-by-side (application windows and child objects). None of the 3 advanced options actually rearranged anything on the screen, yet the screenshots turned out to be as described which makes it a useful feature for certain applications.
Optionally, you can display the mouse cursor, pressed keys, display the webcam feed, add a watermark and choose an effect for the video from the video control bar.
All of these are useful for creating tutorial videos, streaming on YouTube, Twitch, etc. Once you have recorded a video, Snap will automatically open the built-in video editor that you can use to cut the video, export it as WMV, GIF or append it.
Tip: You can set your own keyboard shortcuts for some capture modes.
The Action Bar is on the right edge of the screen; it provides you with options to save/delete the capture, share the screenshot by email, Twitter, Facebook, or upload it to the Cloud. You can also export it to Photoshop or other applications, or simply copy the image to the clipboard, open it in another application, or view the screenshot folder. Ashampoo Snap 11's editor can be used to open previously saved images.
The Tool bar to the left side is handy for adding text (watermarks, customizable fonts), shapes, arrows, stamps, spotlight, and other objects. You can use the marker pen to annotate images, and the eraser and blur tools to redact information. The crop tool is useful for resizing pictures quickly in your desired dimensions.
By default, Snap opens the captured screenshot in its built-in editor. You can change it to save directly to the screenshot folder, or copy it to the clipboard, or open it directly in an app (like your image editor).
Note: For some reason, Ashampoo uses check boxes for the Output mode selection. I think radio buttons would've been a better option here, because check boxes are for multi-selection.
Ashampoo Snap 11 is a powerful screen and video capture program for Windows. It provides all the features that one could possibly need, and then some more when it comes to the capturing, processing and editing.
The program has more to offer than Martin's favorite screen capturing tool PicPick, but that one is free whereas Snap 11 is not.
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