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Top 10 Tools That Will Revolutionize Screenshots in 2017

Top 10 Tools That Will Revolutionize Screenshots in 2017

Modern operating systems come with several built-in options for taking screenshots. The most popular one is the Print Screen button, but apart from this, there are also small applications such as the well-known Snipping tool in Windows 7. However, if you want an advanced screen capture program, you may consider using one of the following:

1. MegaBackup

Right now, it is one of the most popular applications in the market. MegaBackup’s Screenshot Editor is incredibly easy to use and does not require any special knowledge. You can either share the screenshot or just press the Shift button to enter the edit mode. Once you open the editor, you will get access to many interesting functions such as changing the colors, adding texts, blurring particular aspects, and inserting the arrows.

2. Jing

Jing is the hot TechSmith’s product for taking the screenshots, sharing them, and adding the visual elements. There is a trial version for testing purposes. You can either capture screenshots or record videos. However, the second option is limited to only five minutes. There are the text box, captions, arrows, highlights, and other benefits.

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3. FastStone Capture

This is indeed a powerful and lightweight software with a lot of outstanding features. Once you enter the editor, you will notice the tools for resizing, watermarking, cropping, adding special effects, arrows, annotations, and much more. You can also generate the automatic filenames, adjust the zoom level, etc. The output location and the format are customizable.

4. Ashampoo Snap

If you are after an ideal piece of software for screen capturing, editing, and recording, then this is indeed among the best ones available out there. The stunning screenshot is the synonym for Ashampoo Snap. You can capture anything visible on your screen and decorate it with some excellent tools including various texts, annotations, arrows, and special effects.

5. Snagit

Whether you want to grab the entire screen or just a particular area, Snagit will do it for you with a single click. Turning your images into the perfect messages has never been easier. You are allowed to put your own comments or emphasize particular objects using the various shapes, arrows, and highlights.

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6. Gadwin PrintScreen

Gadwin Systems have recently launched the latest version of their PrintScreen application. Select your own output direction and choose between six different picture formats. Along with this, there is the advanced editor which is incredibly easy to use. To make your screengrab more appealing, just use anything from the toolbar.

7. Screenpresso Pro

A brand new software with the key features of screen capturing, editing, video recording, and sharing. The convenient and dynamic image editor will allow you to edit or highlight the best aspects of your screenshot. You can crop it and add reflection, borders, colorful text bubbles, callouts, text boxes and spotlights.

8. ScreenHunter Pro

Due to its uniqueness and innovative image editor, this screen grabber has earned an enormous popularity. It is extremely comfortable and flexible to produce fantastic screenshots with a single click. You can watermark your images, resize them, add texts, annotations, various color effects, and borders. There is also the automatic filename generator built in.

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9. SPX Instant Screen Capture

It is a straightforward tool for creating professional screenshots. The latest version contains many improvements. The 15-day trial period is enough to fall in love with this wonderful software. Enhancing the images is exciting and funny because there are so many excellent features such as adding time and date, signature, annotations, and a lot more.

10. HyperSnap

This is the ultimate combination of the perfect screen capture application and the powerful image editor. Whether you are making tutorials, presentations, or some other materials, HyperSnap is undoubtedly the ideal solution. You will enjoy using its image manipulation potentials while producing top-notch screengrabs at the same time.

These tools will undoubtedly provide you the best user experience when it comes to taking a screenshot. Each and every one of them contains many sophisticated features that will ensure the top-notch quality as well as ease of use. Whether it is resizing, cutting, or enhancing particular elements, these 10 tools will never let you down.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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