Team Snag-It with Windows 95 for Expanded Captures

By Kellner, Mark A. | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), June 24, 1996 | Go to article overview

Team Snag-It with Windows 95 for Expanded Captures


Kellner, Mark A., The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


For people who depend on visual communication, it's important to look good in print and on the Web. A couple of new products - one of which will be released formally in August - will help users do more with computer and on-line resources.

SNAG-IT FOR SCREEN CAPTURES: When preparing reports, presentations or brochures, there seems to be an increasing need for an easy way to "capture" what is on a computer's display screen and use that image elsewhere.

For example, you might be preparing instructions for your department or for a temporary worker. Showing what steps are needed by using pictures of a computer screen can be more useful than writing out the steps. Or, if you have created a graphic or other piece of artwork, you might want to capture and save it in a different format. Then, of course, there's the Web, where capturing images can be interesting and fun. (Of course, you will want to be mindful of copyrights and avoid using things for which you do not have permission.)

A great new program called Snag-It accomplishes the task of grabbing and saving images so you can work with them in other ways. When preparing a presentation, I was able to grab the image of an World Wide Web page and paste it in easily.

Such tools have long been available with other programs, but the beauty of Snag-It is its compactness and, on Windows 95, its versatility.

Most utilities can capture what is in the "active" portion of a window. But if there's more to an image - a page that scrolls down, let's say - the other programs force you to snap multiple images and paste them together. Not so with Snag-It, which is capable of scrolling through a window to capture the entire image. However, this active-capture feature works only in Windows 95.

Tools for sharpening the image, printing in various formats and e-mailing also are nice touches. The software retails for $39. …

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