As the listeners of the show know, I recently purchased a new laptop for use at home. For those that want the details check out my about page. I have really concentrated on making this as untied to my desktop as possible. I have only installed the essential applications and have synced everything I can. One thing I did not want to do is install a big image suite like Photoshop onto it. For one I am just too used to having the dual screens for that stuff. Second I don’t use the mouse much on the laptop (I am hopeless with the keyboard) and for the amount that I used it it was not worth the space or the footprint. But I needed a solution in order to blog the way I wanted to. I found an awesome solution in SnagIt.
Jeff of Jeffro2pt0 has been raving about SnagIt for ages. I should have listened. I have been putting off trying it as it does cost and it is after all just screen capture software right? Wrong. It is that and so much more.
I am not doing a full review in this post, but I did want to say that if you are looking for a lighter solution for image capture and manipulation and your a blogger then you could do a whole lot worse than SnagIt. Seriously, I tried it for 5 minutes and I got out the credit card. I was blown away. The thing that impressed me the most was that everything I do with a larger image manipulation software I can do (and more) with SnagIt.
For the average blogger this is in my opinion perfect. The fact that you can import any image is a bonus, not just screen caps. There are so many options and features for you to use and play with. It takes every imaginable type of screenshot you could imagine, plus make up your own custom caps. Once captured, manipulate and add annotation or mash up a bunch of images then send it to Powerpoint or maybe over Skype. What about straight to your FTP server or blogging platform, yup it does these things as well. Or maybe you just want to tag it and save it, let the SnagIt image editor organize all your screen captures so they are easy to find later, done. Add extensions and extras from the TechSmith site for additional functionality and annotation. That fellow geeks is the tip of the iceburg.
To top it all off I can do things in far less time than with professional suites like Photoshop. Why? Because I am not a graphics designer, I have to struggle with PS to do anything. SnagIt makes it easy and quick and with awesome results. That said it is possible that the people who are PS guns out there may feel a bit limited by SnagIt. As far as I am concerned they designed SnagIt for Dave Gray.
For the mobile blogger this software rocks. I really am impressed with the features and versatility of the program. Check out the features page and related info on the TechSmith site. There are some videos of SnagIt in action as well. Then do yourself a favour and download the fully functional 30 day free trial.
If your convinced and want to buy it, I paid $39.95 U.S not the advertised $49.95. If you want the coupon code drop me an email. And no I am not making anything from it and no this not a paid post. Despite the enthusiasm!
One other thing I was impressed with is that TechSmith recognise that we often have more than one PC, like me a desktop and a laptop. Under the terms of service your are fully permitted to download and use SnagIt on both. Just not at the same time. So now I have SnagIt on both!
I really do recommend SnagIt, it fulfilled my personal requirements and indeed exceeded what I was expecting.
Platform: Windows XP, Vista
Price: $49.95 U.S. ($51.26 A.U)