Gadwin company offers a great free software who can easily make screenshots : PrintScreen. Simply select any rectangular portion of your screen with the mouse and press a key on the keyboard to save it in the clpiboard and as an image file in a folder of your choice.
With PrintScreen, I can literally "freeze" the screen of my computer, frame the rectangular area that interests me, and by a mouse click, get the selected portion of the screen as an image file (jpg, png or other), and ready to be pasted on a document.
First example (above) : from a photo found on the web, I can get in seconds a fraction of the image in question.
And here is the result available in the clipboard and saved on my hard drive.
Second example : from a video, I can freeze the screen and get an image of the film at the exact moment of my choice.
In this example , the reader "windows media player" is on pause in some way, a pause triggered by PrintScreen.
Finally, I get this picture :
Third example: I can capture, theft, the menu of most current programs, including the mouse cursor at the location where it was when I started the capture process.
Extremely useful for someone who writes technical articles, and so on...
Installing Gadwin PrintScreen program don't hold any particular problem. Simply click on this link to download the program, which size is 2.75 MB. Gadwin PrintScreen is usable on any platform, Microsoft ® Windows 98/ME/2000/2003/XP/Vista, or Windows NT 4.0SP6.
Just get the file (program) PrintScreen44_Setup.exe you just downloaded and double-click it.
A security warning window opens : choose "Run", which launches the installation program on your computer.
The steps are as follow :
- selection of the language of your choice
- choice of where you want to install the program (C:\Program Files\Gadwin Systems\PrintScreen by default)
Note that the installer creates a folder [PrintScreen Files] in [My Documents] : this is where all your captures will go by default.
Your screen capture program is now open. You have just to set it up according to your wishes. To do this, you must either double-click on the icon on your desktop or on the (small) icon at the bottom right of your screen (taskbar) :
In the first tab (Preferences), I make the following choices :
- Keyboard shortcut : I choose the key that will start the process of capture
- I check "Preview the captured image"
- I check "Run at windows startup" (the program takes up very little space in memory)
In the second tab (Source), I make the following choices :
- Area to capture = rectangular area
- Capture the mouse cursor (your choice)
In the third tab (Destination), I make the following choices :
- Copy the capture into the clipboard (handy to paste the image directly in a mail or other document)
- Copy the capture to a file (captured images can be reused later)
- File : with automatic naming (eg copy_) of your choice and registration folder that you want (C:\Useful\ScreenCopies). The files generated by PrintScreen will be named copy_001.jpg, copy_002.jpg, and so on...
In the fourth tab (Image), I make the following choices :
- Image format : JPEG Bitmap (other possible choices :.bmp,.gif,.png or.tif)
- Resize : blank (original format retained)
- Options : JPEG Quality = 75% (good image quality for a reasonable amount of memory)
- Stamp: blank
To make a screenshot, I press "F9" on my keyboard (key defined above in the configuration).
This triggers the opening of a "zoom window" that allows me to zoom in on the area I wish to select and adjust easily position, width and height of this area (in pixels) :
- Pos: indicates the coordinates of the bottom right edge of area | x=pos1 et y=pos2
- Sel: indicates the coordinates of the upper left edge of area (when I clicked for the first time) | x=sel1 et y=sel2
- W*Y: indicates the dimensions of area | width = W = #1 et height = H = #2
You can expand or shrink the window at will and put it wherever on the screen.
By right clicking on the "PrintScreen" icon in the taskbar, I trigger the opening of a popup menu that allows me :
- to display the "Properties" in order to change the configuration
- to open the capture folder
- to get help
- to display my version of PrintScreen
- and finally to exit
There is an improved version, payable, of this software : Gadwin PrintScreen Pro 4.7.
With the Pro version, you can, in addition to capture, annotate, edit images, so as to create presentations with a "professional" look.
Other products are also available : please visit Gadwin site if you're interested.
Due to its ease of use, PrintScreen can be used to measure, with a presision of one pixel, the width or height of any particular area, window, photo, and so forth...
Let me explain with an example :
I would like to know the width and height of the yellow buoy in the image below. It's very simple : I run a capture by pressing F9 key, I draw a rough rectangle around the buoy, I adjust carefully the 4 sides of my rectangle and it is done : width 116px - height 122px.
Example: I want to go by my cousin who lives in Lyon (France). Unfortunately, I do not know Lyon, but then not at all. I do not have GPS in my car. On the other side, I have internet and also PrintScreen.
Here's how I proceed to print the map of the area of my Cousin's house :
- I go to "Google maps" and I type the address of my Cousin
- I adjust the area that interests me (with streets names)
- I "click" F9 key and I adjust the part of card that I'm going to print
- I start the capture (right-click)
- I open a blank doc or odt page odf (open office text) or words (MS office)
- I paste my capture inside
- Then I just have to print this page