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TechSmith Launches SnagIt 10

Gordon Kelly


We're big fans of SnagIt at TR, so if you've been hitting the Print Screen button ('PrtSc') until now, read on.

First launched way back in 1990, TechSmith's SnagIt has accumulated a 7m strong user base and now the screen text and video grabbing software has hit the big v10.0.

Changes this time around a more subtle than the radical overhaul in SnagIt 9, but they are certainly significant:

  • All-in-One capture: full screen, region, window or auto-scrolling (vertical and horizontal) areas can now be captured in a single click from a single profile

  • Transparency: a significant addition which now works with all PNG file captures

  • New text: text which cannot be copied and pasted from websites, error messages, applications and so forth can now be grabbed and their text colour, font style and size edited within SnagIt

  • Effects and Customisation: horizontal and vertical page cutting can be applied along with page curling and implemented with transparency

  • Screencast: TechSmith's free hosting service has been integrated so both picture and video grabs can be uploaded with a single click and a URL generated to share with others or password protect

Elsewhere other SnagIt favourites like hotspots (retain the hyperlinks from captured web pages or insert new ones), auto cropping, and pop-ups (hotspots for adding in pop-up messages or text) are also present.

Sadly SnagIt has yet to cross the OS X divide, but Windows 7, Vista and XP users are all catered for with single licenses going for £37, upgrades are pretty generous at £18.50 and free 30 day trials are available from the TechSmith website.

SnagIt 10 may be more evolution than revolution, but it remains impossible not to recommend.

Link: SnagIt 10


May 18, 2010, 8:14 pm

I've always found PrtScn and MSPaint perfect for my needs (apart from transparency, which it clearly can't do, but then I rarely need that). Had a version of SnagIt recently, supposedly for work purposes, but it was so slow that I still just used Paint.

Oh well, each to their own.


May 19, 2010, 6:43 pm

@drdark - how odd, SnagIt races along for me and loads faster than Paint. I suspect you may have a tech issue there!

Rog Midlands UK

May 25, 2010, 5:50 pm

I find it difficult to undestand the previous comments here. How do others save and edit long scrolled web pages? Or perhaps they don't need / want to.

Since I found Snagit I've always found it indespensible.

I use it to save visited web pages when I'm investigating a product to buy, I use it in presentations, to save snippets of web pages to send to others as illustrations, and in many other circumstances.

Up until v10 it wasn't the most robust of products, but now it's fantastic.

I can't imagine going back to PrtScrn - it's so inflexible.

Rog Midlands UK

May 26, 2010, 7:28 pm

In V10 saving parts of scrolling web pages without the adverts (on the left, right, top and bottom) is also a snip.

Then when you come to print the long thin document containing the good info, Snagit automatically sizes the width for you and prints multi-paged. (Or you can configure how you want it printed)

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