By no means a replacement for hard core users of SnagIt, Screenpresso is a good, lightweight screen capture tool.

What I like about it:

  • No installation required, so you can run it directly from your USB thumb drive (although, you can install it, if you prefer).
  • It has the usual tools that are handy for tech writers (arrows, bubble text boxes, callout numbering, blurring, image shaddows, and torn edge effects).
  • It has extra features, like automatic image resizing (to a fixed width, height, percentage, or maximum size) and automatic border effects.
  • It is free.

Screenpresso Example

It is not perfect and is not feature rich. For example, I did find it had some strangeness when editing text in text boxes and bubbles. Also, you cannot edit saved images using the free version.

Its place in a tech writer’s toolbox could be on their USB thumb drive as a good alternative when they are away from their own computer.
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