Capturing Your Desktop is now a Snap!

Posted on Tuesday 18 November 2008

So my wife ran into a little problem a couple of weeks back. She had visited one of these online sites where you can design business cards and the like and she had spent some time developing something that she thought suitable for her business but wanted to review it with a couple of people first and unfortunately there was no way of saving her creation – it was either order or logoff… neither of which worked for what she wanted to do. So I got called in.

The first problem was that she didn’t already have a screen capture utility ( software which will allow you to copy what is on the screen as a picture ) and the second was that since she had already designed the card she didn’t want to have to close down the window and or computer to install any new software ( which is quite common with Windows unfortunately. ) So it took a bit of doing but…

I found a wonderful little screen capture utility called MWSnap, designed by a gentleman by the name of Mirek Wójtowicz. It’s a great little utility that allows you to install and use it without having to reboot the computer ( which in this case was a life saver. )

It’s a great utilty that works quite well and generated a nice small compact picture that she could email to all those concerned for their approval. Here is a bit more on MWSnap from his website:

MWSnap is a small yet powerful Windows program for snapping (capturing) images from selected parts of the screen.

Current version is capable of capturing the whole desktop, a highlighted window, an active menu, a control, or a fixed or free rectangular part of the screen. MWSnap handles 5 most popular graphics formats and contains several graphical tools:

a zoom, a ruler, a color picker and a window spy. It can be also used as a fast picture viewer or converter.

MWSnap does not require installation and does not need any special dlls, drivers or system files which can mess up your system.

MWSnap is freeware, but your donations are gladly accepted.

Note the fact that it is freeware, but that donations are accepted. I heartily recommend this type of software when it is available. For starters the developer won’t be trying to put out a new release just to wring more money out of your pocket. The software is lean and fast.

Donate whatever you can afford to keep programmers like Mirek developing – it is worth it!

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