ShareX update brings a Smart Eraser, new hotkeys and more

Sep 16, 2020
Software, Windows software

ShareX, the popular screen capturing software, was updated to version 13.2.1 recently. The new build brings some new options and improvements to the popular screenshot tool. Let's take a look at a few major changes in the program.

Smart Eraser Annotation Tool

This is a new annotation tool in ShareX's image editor. You can find it on the toolbar, the icon sits between the cursor and blur tools. Normally, when you erase something using an image editor, it leaves behind some visual elements, e.g. white/colored patches. As a workaround, it is often better to use the blur tool instead though it isn't a completely tidy option either.

ShareX smart eraser example 2

ShareX's Smart Eraser works differently, it obfuscates the content by blending it with the background. f you look at the tool closely, you'll see it has a color-picker preview. Mouse over the area you want to erase the content from, and the tool automatically picks up the background color over the pointer's position. Use it to draw a box and the color is applied to "erase" the contents. The result looks a lot cleaner and smoother than using the blur tool or white erase.

ShareX smart eraser example smudgy

ome image editors support erasing with color, but you'll need to pick the shade manually before erasing the content. That's 2 steps, and if you pick the wrong color, you'll have to start over. ShareX's smart eraser however only works well with a single solid color background, i.e., if you use it with images that have multiple hues, the result will appear to be smudgy.Screen Recorder, Image Combiner, new hotkeys and more

Go to Task Settings > Screen Recorder and toggle the option that says "Use transparent region selection". It allows you to select the region without pausing the screen, it's quite similar to the Region Capture - Transparent option, but for videos.

ShareX screen recorder transparent

The Image Combiner tool in ShareX now supports aligning images to the left, right and center. So if you want to stitch a number of images, you can use the new options to position them.

ShareX image combiner alignment

A new option called "UseAlternativeClipboardCopyImage" is available under the Application settings> Advanced tab. This option is experimental and disabled by default. You can enable it to copy the image to the clipboard while retaining the alpha channel transparency using 32-bit DIB and PNG format.

ShareX advanced clipboard options

Head to ShareX > Hotkey Settings to add new keyboard shortcuts for the following tools: image splitter, vide converter and QR code (Decode from screen). You will have to assign the hotkeys manually.

The Color Picker in ShareX has a new option that can pick a color from the clipboard contents. To use it, you'll need to copy the color codes to the clipboard. For e.g. we can copy the RGB value 255 225 205, and click on "Pick color from the clipboard", and the program will automatically switch to the corresponding color.

ShareX color picker pick from clipboard

The Ruler tool now displays the perimeter and area values in addition to the existing options. ImageEffects now has its own folder and the tool has several new options including text drawing, RGB Split filter, Opacity, Selective Color adjustment, and more.

ShareX ruler perimeter area

There are a ton of other minor additions and fixes in the latest version of ShareX. Refer to the official changelog for more information.

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  1. Supermouse said on September 17, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    ShareX is all I use, and I’ve tried quite a few. I just need it for basic things but it does them the best imo. I don’t really care how many extras it has (because I don’t need them)—it’s just a high quality free product for my uses.

  2. Norio said on September 16, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    I have been using ShareX for nearly 3 years now. It is my favorite free screen capture application. I hope they don’t turn it into bloatware with too many added features.

  3. Sebas said on September 16, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    No need for it with all those useless funnies and no portable version. Window’s built in screen capture just works fine, one of the few MS apps that works and does not crash.

    1. Tim said on September 16, 2020 at 8:22 pm

      Yes, it does have a portable version, i use it all the time.

  4. VioletMoon said on September 16, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    Yes and yes and yes–“Share X” is the pre-eminent screen shot/screen recording tool in the open source milieu.

    The only problem I have with it is that it has so many tools and options and in-depth uses that it’s hard to master.

    Great tool, but not a simple Greenshot program. If someone goes from Greenshot or some other tool like Monosnap to ShareX, he/she is going to feel rather stupid learning how to use the program and options.

    In fact, my guess is 90% of first time users who only need a simple screenshot give up on ShareX within five minutes. They won’t even try. It can be that overwhelming.

    It’s like a dense forest. Easy if you know the way.

  5. Vivek said on September 16, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Is there a way to name the screenshots like in greenshot ? also a way so that it saves screenshots directly to the folder you selected instead of making a folder and then putting the screenshots in them.

  6. Gerard said on September 16, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Operating system: Windows 7-10 (with .NET v. 4.7.2). Why wasn’t that mentioned?
    Good: open source.

  7. ha said on September 16, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Popular? This is the first time I hear such name.

    1. Anonymous said on September 16, 2020 at 11:04 pm

      You haven’t, but everyone else does.

    2. SCBright said on September 16, 2020 at 12:35 pm

      You’re right

      It was the first thing I thought of when I started reading this article. Popular to whom?

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