Screen Capture Tool for Bloggers
This review goes to all the bloggers out there on Windows. Sorry Mac people, I’ll hit you up next time! For anyone blogging on a regular basis, especially when writing tutorials, you probably spend a lot of time taking screenshots for your posts. I have been using Microsoft OneNote screens clipper for years. I love having a shortcut key to launch my snipping tool and having it go straight to my clipboard. However, I would still have to launch paint or Photoshop to save it out to a file. So I wanted to eliminate this step and have it to go straight to a file. After doing some research on some free tools I finally stumbled across Greenshot. And it turned out to be exactly what I was wanting in a screen capture tool.
- Capture screenshots of a selected region, window or fullscreen; you can even capture complete (scrolling) web pages
- Easily annotate, highlight or obfuscate parts of the screenshot
- Completely free
- Launches with a Hotkey
- Saves straight to file of your choice (JPG, PNG, etc.)
Follow the steps below to configure Greenshot for Blogging
Download Greenshot and install it.
After you have Greenshot installed, right click on it in your task tray and click into “Preferences…”
Click into the “Destination” tab and select “Save as (displaying dialog).” You could select the option to save directly with your preferred file output settings and skip the save dialog altogether. However, I don’t recommend you do this. For SEO purposes, you will want to name your images something useful.
Click into the “Output” tab and select your file preference. I would recommend JPG since they are generally smaller files. Also, if you do choose JPG, make sure to drag the quality settings up to 100%, it is pretty low by default. You can also select your storage location. Then press OK.
Now you can configure the hotkey you want to launch the screen clipper. Click into preferences again and go to the “General” tab. Under the capture region you can input the hotkey of your choice. I will lave mine as the default which the print screen key.
Hit your hotkey and you are ready to capture your screen!
After you select the region to save, the dialog box to name the file will immediately come up.
You have now eliminated an entire step of having to launch a separate program to save the file, saving you lots of time over the long haul. No cropping, no buttons to click. Simply a hotkey, name your file, and upload to WordPress!
As always feel free to leave your comments below.
Looking for a free screen capture tool to speed up your blogging? Well look no further. With Greenshot you can launch it with a simple hotkey, grab your screenshot, name your file and upload to WordPress! It is as simple as that.
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