PrtSc: Versatile Screen Capture Without the Fuss

11 09 2009

Well it’s Friday and time to reflect on another week of learning and experimentation in the 2D-3D immersive spaces.  I’m continually mazed by the plethora of mini applications that are enlivening and enriching our collaborative learning 2.0 and web 2.0 world.  This morning I learned about another excellent (and free) tool from Jane Hart at the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies in the UK.

Jane highlighted PrtSc which is a free screen capture program that is very easy to use and offeres a range of features, including:
* Capturing the full screen, rectangle selection, freehand selection, or active window
* Capturing the mouse cursor
* Allowing an annotation over the capture, with a smooth, natural mouse drawing
* Saving a capture straight to desktop or to any file, sending it as email, editing, printing or sending to clipboard
* Exporting as a JPG, BMP, or PNG (transparent or opaque) file

I can see multiple purposes for this flexible application, especially using the freehand selection to capture a portion or section of any on-screen image and shortening the time to clean-up that image once it is imported into another sophisticated graphic application such as Gimp or Photoshop.

I also used Screenjelly to make a short video of using PrtSc to take a desktop screenshot.

How may ways can you think of to use this versatile application?

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