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Screen Capture

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Screen Recording Screen Sharing Snap Shots Specialized
Snap'n Clip
iShowU HD Pro
Screen Mimic
Snapz Pro
Capture Me
Onde Screen Capture
ScreenShot Plus
ScreenShot Pro
DVD Snap
Screen Grabber

Of course the Mac's built in command-shift-3 and command-shift-4 is satisfactory for most snap shots but if you need something more or have a particularly tricky screen to capture, one of these programs might help.

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Icon Backdrop 2.0

Backdrop is a simple utility to fill your screen with a white window. This is useful for taking screenshots without having to clean up your desktop.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: John Haney
  • Modification Date: January 11, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
DownloadIntel File Size: 300 Kb - version 2.0 from the App Store
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 109 Kb - version 1.5 - June 6, 2008
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Icon Capture Me 1.4.1

Capture Me is a screen capture utility for Mac OS X which features a floating capture window, resize, and invert ability. To use it, drag and resize the floating window to cover the area you want to capture. Then click in the window to capture the screenshot. You can save it in a variety of formats and locations.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Chimoosoft
  • Modification Date: March 11, 2007
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 582 Kb
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Icon Constrictor 3.1

Constrictor is a screen snapshot utility (yes, I'm sorry, something useful - I couldn't help myself...) for Mac OS X. It provides you with a moveable, resizeable frame that floats over all your other windows.
  • License: Shareware, $10
  • Author/Publisher: Stick Software
  • Modification Date: October 12, 2009
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 436 Kb
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icon DVD Snap 3.0.3

DVD Snap takes screenshots of any movie running on your Apple DVD Player. DVD Snap's features include manual single shots as well as automatic sequential, time-dependent shots, e.g. every 1 - 60s. Launch multiple screenshots in iPhoto of your favourite movie to generate slideshows.
  • License: Shareware, $15
  • Author/Publisher: Tobias Jordan
  • Modification Date: January 23, 2012
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 1.4 MB
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Icon Flash-It 3.0.2

Flash-It is a screen-capture utility for Apple Macintosh computers. It is a combination of a system extension and a control panel. Good for those older systems.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Nobu Toge
  • Modification Date: April 21, 1993
  • Requirements: 680x0
Download680x0 File Size: 107 Kb
Icon FlySketch 1.7.1

When called upon, FlySketch will show its main drawing window above all other windows in the system. Change the transparency of the canvas, and you can trace, draw over, highlight, and capture just about anything that shows up behind FlySketch.
Capture a web page and highlight important bits. Send it off in an email.
Some app's just can't draw. Let FlySketch do it for them.
  • License: Shareware, $15
  • Author/Publisher: Flying Meat
  • Modification Date: July 28, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
DownloadIntel File Size: 1.5 MB
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Icon Gif.gif.gif 1.5.3

Gif.gIf.giF captures screenshots into GIF animations. It works like a video recorder of your computer monitor, is easy to use, is automated, and produces well-compressed files. The earliest example animations are about one-minute long, contain 100 hundred frames, that took just a few minutes to make, and compressed to around 100Kb.
  • License: Shareware, $28
  • Author/Publisher: Pedagoguery Software
  • Modification Date: February 24, 2000
  • Requirements: 680x0 or PPC
DownloadClassic PPC File Size: 463 Kb
Download680x0 File Size: 433 Kb
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Icon Grabbug 1.0b2

Grabbug is a utility for grabbing screen dumps. Grabbug is hard to use, consumes lots of memory and doesn't have many advanced features. Its sole redeeming feature is that it can grab the screen at any time, even interrupt time. Cool huh?
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Quinn "The Eskimo"
  • Modification Date: August 24, 1995
  • Requirements: 680x0 or PPC, MacsBug
Download680x0Classic PPC File Size: 18 Kb
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icon InstantShot! 2.5

InstantShot! offers classical screenshot functionality for capturing the whole screen, a portion of it or a window and also the option to make timed screenshots or to make delayed captures over time.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Digital Waters
  • Modification Date: March 12, 2007
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 552 Kb
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Icon IShowU 1.92.6

iShowU allows you to capture and record anything you can see on your screen, along with audio from any compatible source. They say a picture is worth a thousand words!
  • License: Shareware, $20
  • Author/Publisher: Neil Clayton
  • Modification Date: April 12, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
DownloadIntel File Size: 9.9 MB
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Icon IShowU HD Pro 2.3.6

Want to capture everything on your screen? 3d games bogging down ordinary screen capture software? Those days are over: welcome to iShowU HD. Built for speed. Built to "just work"
iShowU HD has been rebuilt from the ground up to provide blazing real-time performance with a brand new, easy-to-use interface. With professional features like drag-and-drop to Final Cut and multi-channel audio capture just a single click away, iShowU HD has all the power you'll ever need at a price you can deal with.
  • License: Shareware, $30 - Pro $60
  • Author/Publisher: Neil Clayton
  • Modification Date: January 10, 2012
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, G5 or Intel Only
DownloadIntel File Size: 21.8 MB
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icon Jing 2.5

The concept of Jing is the always-ready program that instantly captures and shares images and video... from your computer to anywhere.
Try it, you'll like it. It's free.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: TechSmith
  • Modification Date: June 14, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 6.4 MB
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icon LittleSnapper 1.5.3

This info needs to be changed.
  • License: Shareware, $35
  • Author/Publisher: Realmac Software
  • Modification Date: November 11, 2009
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 9.5 MB
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icon macVCR 2.9

MacVCR allows you to record what happens on your computer screen to a Quicktime movie which you can then replay later at your leisure. macVCR doesn't require any form of installation, just double click the Icon and the program will launch.
  • License: Shareware, $10
  • Author/Publisher: Arten Science
  • Modification Date: August 31, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
DownloadIntel File Size: 6.1 MB
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Icon MenuCapture 1.0.2

"Once in a while, I need to take a picture of the screen with a menu pulled down, in order to document one of my shareware programs. If I did this every day, I suppose I wouldn't mind paying for a screen capture program with all the bells and whistles, but as it is, I resist. Years ago, there was a tiny freeware extension called StillDown, by Gregory M. Robbins, that enabled command-shift-3 screen shots with menus pulled down. But StillDown doesn't work with Mac OS 8. Therefore, I decided to write a new free bare-bones menu snapshot program: MenuCapture." Of course Mac OS 8.5 and above has this ability built in.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: James W. Walker
  • Modification Date: May 7, 1997
  • Requirements: 680x0 or PPC - Pre Mac OS 8.5
Download680x0Classic PPC File Size: 7 Kb
Icon Onde Screen Capture 1.02

A variety capture options allows you to grab a snapshot of exactly what you need.
Use the all-in-one editing tools to highlight specific portions of your image, or to personalize your picture for friends and family.
Save your screenshot instantly to the desktop or to the mac clipboard in a variety of image file formats.
The easy to use interface and variety of customizable options makes Onde Screen Capture for Mac a must have application for graphic designers and novice bloggers alike.
  • License: Shareware, $30
  • Author/Publisher: Ondesoft
  • Modification Date: February 9, 2012
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 13.9 MB
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Icon Paparazzi! 0.5b6

Paparazzi! is a small utility for Mac OS X that makes screenshots of webpages.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Nate Weaver & Johan Sorensen
  • Modification Date: January 25, 2009
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 607 Kb
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icon ScreenFlow 3.0.3

You don't need to pick an area of the screen for capture, ScreenFlow has advanced algorithms that only encode areas of change on your screen. The application is powerful enough to simultaneously record from your iSight or DV camera at the same time as your screen (and your microphone and computer's audio!).
  • License: Demo, $99
  • Author/Publisher: Telestream
  • Modification Date: December 5, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6.4 or higher
DownloadIntel File Size: 11.8 MB
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icon Screen Grabber 2.0.2

ScreenGrabber is a Mac OS X application for grabbing screen shots at even time intervals from a movie. Very useful for creating previews, and thumbnails.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Fredrik Olsson
  • Modification Date: September 5, 2006
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 220 Kb
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icon Screenium 1.3

Quickly make live videos of your Mac's screen... capture everything that's happening there, including mouse pointer, selections and movements - in real-time! Since the very first release of Screenium, we support virtually any resolution your Mac is capable of: you can capture just small excerpts of your screen or even Full HD video and even higher resolutions.
Describe what you are doing on-screen, with on-the-fly voice recordings and iSight Picture-in-Picture. Simply use the built-in microphone or iSight. Any external audio input device and QuickTime-compatible webcam are also fully supported. For the more creative tutorials, you can capture Movie-in-Movie: Screenium records your screen just like it is - including ongoing video playback, in multiple windows.
  • License: Shareware, $29
  • Author/Publisher: Synium Software
  • Modification Date: February 3, 2010
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 9.5 MB
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icon Screen Mimic 2.5.2

Screen Mimic allows you to create screencasts (recordings of your Mac OS X desktop) that can be saved as Adobe Flash (SWF), Flash Video (FLV), or Quicktime (MOV) files. These files can be easily uploaded to a website, used in a kiosk system, and many other applications.
Screen Mimic is a great tool for creating screen recordings, flash demos, software training videos, application demos, and more.
  • License: Shareware, $65
  • Author/Publisher: Decimus Software
  • Modification Date: April 19, 2010
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 2.1 MB
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Icon Screenography 1.015

Screenography is an extremely easy program to capture your screen to various image, movie and Flash formats. Very useful for creating tutorials, training videos/CDs and demonstrations.
Capture any area of the screen to an image, or Flash file instantly or in a timed screenshot.
Record any area of the screen to a movie or Flash file.
Capture objects on the screen, such as windows, dialog boxes, menus, and icons.
Save screen captures to BMP, GIF, JPEG, PDF, Photoshop, PICT, PNG, SWF, Targa, and TIFF.
Save movie captures to AVI, DV, FLC, Image Sequence, MPEG-4, MOV, SWF, FLV, and Flash Projector files (self-executable). (This feature is not available in Screenography Lite)
Automatically overlay your captures with a watermark/copyright notice.
Automatically generate thumbnails for your screen captures.
Add Drop Shadow and Color Fades to the border of your captures.
Output Macromedia Flash movie files (SWF).Over 97% of all browsers already have the Flash Player installed, so you won't have to worry about your audience being able to view your captures.
Add Flash preloaders to your Flash movie files with the built-in preloader option,
  • License: Demo, $40
  • Author/Publisher: Vertical Moon
  • Modification Date: August 25, 2009
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 2.6 MB
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Icon ScreenRecord 2.1.2

ScreenRecord is a screen recording tool that allows the user to capture continuous images on the screen as a Quicktime movie. It is useful for creating training CDs, visual tutorials, and many more. It can even be used as a monitoring device.
  • License: Shareware, $16
  • Author/Publisher: Mien Software
  • Modification Date: April 20, 2009
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 6.5 MB
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Icon ScreenShot Plus 1.5.4

ScreenShot Plus uses Apple's tool to do the capturing, but allows you to scale the capture and select a format, jpeg, tiff, psd, and more!
ScreenShot Plus is activated by pressing Shift-Apple-2, You will then have the option of selecting a region on screen, toggle to window select mode by pressing the space-bar. A window will appear showing the captured area. From here you can scale the image and select a format to save in. ScreenShot Plus now uses Quartz scaling for a smoother result.
Unregistered copies will save images with a watermark.
  • License: Shareware, $10
  • Author/Publisher: piDog Software
  • Modification Date: November 2, 2009
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 4.1 MB
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Icon ScreenShot Pro 2.6.1

ScreenShot Pro allows you to send concepts to your client in seconds by allowing you to save selected images from any program in a common file format such as JPG; ready for uploading or emailing.
  • License: Shareware, $15
  • Author/Publisher: Code Line Communications
  • Modification Date: December 16, 2003
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.1 or higher or Mac OS 9.1 or higher
DownloadClassic PPCOS X PPC File Size: 1.4 MB
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icon ScreenSteps 2.8.1

ScreenSteps brings simplicity to the labor intensive process of software documentation. Capture a picture of each step of the process you are trying to teach. ScreenSteps automatically organizes your images. Go back, type some text and add a few annotations. Output to PDF or HTML and you are done!
  • License: Shareware, $40 - Pro $80
  • Author/Publisher: Blue Mango Learning Systems
  • Modification Date: January 14, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 13.1 MB
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Icon Screentool 2.0.3

Screentool is the screenshot central - Screentool is a multi-purpose screen capturing tool that allows you to take instant fullscreen-, timed-, mouse selection-, and window selection screenshots, or record fullscreen videos (including sound) in MPEG-4 quality. All screenshots and screen videos are stored in an well organized database, including additional information like name, type, format, size, and date. You can use Screentool to take and organize your daily screenshots, or to create tutorials and training CDs / DVDs. Screentool is a must-have for every Mac user, and a very cost-effective solution for many different purposes.
  • License: Shareware, $10
  • Author/Publisher: Citrus Software
  • Modification Date: May 12, 2004
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.1 or higher
DownloadOS X PPC File Size: 1.4 MB
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icon Skitch 1.0.7

Your friends are global... you can send them links... but what if the action is on your screen? ... Point out a quick suggestion to a colleague or pass on that funny moment from an IM chat, post images to MySpace, eBay, forums or via email.
Skitch is the Internet age's camera and it rocks.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Evernote
  • Modification Date: August 16, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher
DownloadIntel File Size: 4.8 MB - Mac App Store
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Icon SnapClip 1.7

Small faceless background application program to take screenshot quickly and easily and save it as a various image format file or clipping file on the Desktop (or copy it to Clipboard) 1.7 has added Mac OS X's standard screen capture as one of the capture modes and yet you can customize output file format and file name. It uses window selection mode as default, so it would be nice to capture a selected window. Also, the output file name format is now customizable with numbering option. Some minor bugs has been fixed too.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Pixture Studio
  • Modification Date: May 10, 2004
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.2 or higher
DownloadOS X PPC File Size: 470 Kb
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Icon Snap'n Clip 1.1

Captured picture will be saved as a picture clipping file in the DeskTop with a thumbnail icon. So you can see it later just by double-cliking them from the Finder. No need to use graphic application program. Snap'n Clip has many nice features to make the screen capturing easy.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Hide Itoh
  • Modification Date: March 27, 1998
  • Requirements: 680x0 or PPC
Download680x0Classic PPC File Size: 52 Kb
Icon SnapNDrag 2.5.1

SnapNDrag lets you take a screenshot by just clicking a button and dragging the resulting screenshot off. For example, to email a screenshot, you would drag the screenshot from SnapNDrag to the Mail application. It is that simple. No hard-to-remember key combinations, no file conversion to deal with, no file dialog boxes to navigate, no temporary files to erase later on.
  • License: Freeware, Pro $5
  • Author/Publisher: Yellow Mug Software
  • Modification Date: August 5, 2009
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 1.3 MB
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Icon SnapWeb 4.3

SnapWeb creates complete screenshots of web pages even if the users screen isn't large enough to show the whole page content at once. The output isn't scattered to multiple pages or scaled down unless it is unreadable. The resulting images are saved as JPEG, PNG or PDF files.
  • License: Shareware, $18, Pro $40
  • Author/Publisher: Brain Tickling
  • Modification Date: September 29, 2009
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher and Safari
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 2.2 MB
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Icon Snapz Pro X 2.3.3

Snapz Pro X 2 allows you to effortlessly record anything on your screen, saving it as a QuickTime movie or screenshot that can be emailed, put up on the web, or passed around however you please. Snapz Pro X is a quantum leap in video capture technology, adroitly capturing full motion video of anything on your screen at a blistering pace, complete with digital audio, and an optional microphone voiceover. Think of it as a digital video camera for your screen. Snapz Pro X makes short work of making training videos, producing product demos, creating tutorials, archiving streaming video, and anything else you can think of.
  • License: Shareware, $69
  • Author/Publisher: Ambrosia Software
  • Modification Date: December 12, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 8.5 MB - version X 2.3.3
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Intel Denotes Mac OS X Intel Native
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Classic PPC Denotes Mac OS 8/9 PPC Native
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