Have you ever been trying to tell someone an issue that you’re having on your computer that you can’t explain? Maybe you’ve had a persistent issue that you can’t figure out only to call in a co-worker to show them only to have the issue resolve itself just in time for them not to see it. Then of course it returns the moment they leave your office. This is just part of the computer world. Most people working, and living for that matter, in today’s world use a computer during their daily life.
We all come across issues, struggles, or would just like ways to increase our productivity a bit. Here are a few screenshot (and screencast) tools that might just help you.
Jing is a great peice of screenshot software that can make your life much easier, especially if you utilize support platforms. When submitting an issue to a support team, typing a 5000 word essay to explain an issue you’re having. In this case, a picture is really worth a thousand words. You can easily take some screenshots of issues you’re experiencing, then just submit those in your email to actually show someone what’s happening. I like Jing because you actually install it on your computer so you can take screenshots (or make a screencast) of anything on your computer. Not just online.
Pixlr Grabber is a very popular online browser application that is used for making screenshots. The thing about Pixlr Grabber is that it integrates a full online graphics editor. We’re talking really good interface and usability. For those of you who are familiar with Adobe Photoshop, you’ll love this. Many of the same commands and features all built right into the browser. There is one thing that isn’t so great about it. If you use it for online editorial and writing, it doesn’t take screenshots of youtube videos. It will act like it does, but when it opens the editor, the YouTube video is just a black box.
Fireshot is great for taking screenshots of anything in your browser. Videos and stills alike. It’s super easy to pull a still image from a YouTube video. It also has great annotation features that allow you to create step tutorials and support requests. Fireshot has a very simple interface, but is very useful.
These are just a few of my favorite screenshot/screencast tools. I can attest to the fact that they have made my life so much easier in many different aspects.