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Best Free Apps to Take Screenshots on macOS

Best Free Apps to Take Screenshots on macOS

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Natively, Apple provides a great way to take screenshots on Mac OS, with only few keyboard shortcuts or few clicks, you can instantly take a screenshot of the whole screen, window or a specific selection. However, this method has some issues such as it will take a lot of time to take screenshots on Mac, all screenshots will be saved on the desktop. Although you can save the screenshots in a specific folder but it is a very lengthy process and is not suitable for everyone.

Apart from these there are not much options to annotate a screenshots and you can’t directly upload to the social networking website or forums. All these errors can be eradicated using any appropriate app from Mac Store, most of the applications are absolutely free of cost, however, some may cost a few bucks for full functionality. Here’s our sneak peek of best apps to take screenshots on Mac.

See more: Best software to take a screenshots on Windows.

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Top 5 apps to take a screenshot on Mac OS X

1. Jing

apps to take a screenshot on Mac 

From one of the best screenshot tool developers, Jing is developed by the TechSmith which provides a simplest yet great approach to take the screenshot on your Mac. It also provides a video capturing mode to record the screen of your mac in a perfect way. There are no specific options to take the screenshots, however, it has included the basic editing tools such as adding different shapes like arrows, circles and text.

You can also choose from a list of different colors to annotate your screenshots. The best part about this little utility is the share button which will let you instantly share the screenshots with your friends using screencast, twitter or directly upload to your blog. Once you have clicked on the screencast button, it will automatically upload the files on the server and the link will be copied on the clipboard. You can paste these links wherever you want.

Price: Free

Download Link: Click Here

2. Skitch

apps to take a screenshot on Mac

Skitch is one of the most popular and easiest yet professional way of capturing screenshots on Mac, developed by the famous Evernote. The best thing about Skitch is the unmatchable annotating features which any other screenshot capturing utility has failed to provide. You can easily capture the screenshots using the top button which comes in the utility. There are plenty of options to take the screenshots, you can take the screenshot of the whole windows or a selected portion or the whole screen.

One the screenshot is captured, the developers have added a simple yet intuitive editor to edit these photos. Simply select a tool from the left panel of Skitch and draw different shapes, highlight an area, blur an area or add text to the photos. After annotating the photos, you can simply save on the desktop of your mac, can upload them on Facebook, Twitter or Email to a friend. The best thing about Skitch is the perfect image quality of the screenshots. 

Price: Free

Download Link: Click Here

3. Lightshot Screenshot

apps to take a screenshot on Mac

Lightshot is another tiny mac app that will allow you to instantly take the screenshots on your mac, edit them and share them with your friends. You can set a preference key to take the screenshot, the whole screen will go dark and you can select a specific area to take the screenshot. The annotating and sharing features will be shown right next to the image, you can add handwriting, lines, arrows, circles, and boxes and can add text or change the color of the editing.

Once you are done with annotating, you can upload directly on the prntscr server, share it on social Medias such as Facebook and twitter, find similar images on the Google or can simple cancel the already take screenshot. All in all, this is handy to instantly take and share screenshots but it is not suitable for professional work and miss many other features.

Price: Free

Download Link: Click Here

4. Grab

apps to take a screenshot on Mac

Although there are plenty of keyboard shortcuts which allow Mac users to capture screenshots but Apple has also incorporated a ting utility, called Grab. This utility will let you capture the screenshots right from the software without using any keyboard shortcuts. As soon as you run the utility from the Finder, a new tab will be added on the top of screen which gives you four different options to take screenshots, you can either take the screenshot of the whole screen, a selected windows or take the screenshot of the selected portion of the screen.

The last option will let you set a timer for screenshots, so you can open another software or modify the existing program and the screenshot will be automatically captured in the background. However, there are no options to edit the screenshots or share them directly from the software. You can utilize the built-in photo editor of Mac to make some changes in the photos. Price: Free

Download Link: Already built-in Mac. You can open it by Go to LaunchPad >> Ohter >> Click on Grab

5. SnagIt

apps to take a screenshot on Mac

The last in the line of screenshot capturing tool is the SnagIt which is full featured professional screenshot capturing, editing and sharing features. The screenshots can be captured using the hotkeys and you can either capture the whole screen or a particular part of the screen. Apart from that, the annotating features are just perfect. There are two different tabs for editing images.

You can either resize, crop, or rotate the images while the tools tab provide more than hundred different tools to annotate the images such as arrows, lines, squares, boxes, circles and bucket to add color to the whole screen.You can also blur out a specific portion of the image or use different built-in amazing little tools to modify your images. Once the images are edited, they can be easily shared online, upload to FTP servers, Microsoft products and cloud based services such as Google Drive and Dropbox.

Price: $49.95

Download Link: Click Here


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