24 Part I: Tools, Planning, and Content

24 Part I: Tools, Planning, and Content Secret #11: Screen Capture Utilities By far, some of the most helpful utilities I ve ever used are those that assist with screen capturing. Such utilities are invaluable when creating Web site portfolios, sharing mockups with co-workers and colleagues, and so on. While screen captures can be done with almost any imaging program, such as Photoshop, screen capture utilities let you hone in on specific portions of the screen and capture menus, dialogs, and toolbars with ease. This can be very helpful and save a lot of time instead of cropping full-screen images, you can instantly get what you need and, in most cases, output it to numerous useful file formats. Many excellent screen-capture utilities are available for all platforms, but the three most reportedly beloved are as follows: For Windows, SnagIt by TechSmith is an amazing utility that I find myself using almost daily. You can find this low-cost shareware at www.techsmith.com/products/snagit/. Find low-cost shareware ScreenShot Pro, for Mac and Mac OS X at www.code-line.com/software/screenshotpro.html. OSX is packaged with two screen-capture utilities, one within the operating system itself, and the other a feature called Grab. For Linux, the KDE desktop environment has screen shot utilities built in (www.kde.org/), and The Gimp, discussed in the bitmap imaging section earlier, does a great job with screen captures. Figure 1-19 shows me preparing to capture a screen using SnagIt. Figure 1-19: Working with SnagIt to create screen shots.

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