Sometimes, though, that isn’t enough to get the job done.
Snipping tools help users enhance the work started by a Mac shortcut or PC app. In addition to screenshotting functionality, snipping tools come equipped with editing tools that enable users to take a screenshot to the next level. The following features should be found in most snipping tools.
Benefits of a Snipping Tool
Here are a few of the best benefits of using a snipping tool.
Users can add notes to ensure the message their screenshot needs to convey is as clear as possible. Typical functionality within snipping tools includes markup features, which facilitates better communication and collaboration with colleagues via lines, arrows, text and more.
Some snipping tools may even provide the ability to blur out sensitive content in screenshots, in case information needs to be shared externally.
Instead of saving screenshots on your desktop or within different folders, snipping tools should have a library in which to store screenshots. Users should be able to arrange screenshots and sort them by any order in these libraries.
Believe it or not, but GIFs actually have a place in business. Their ability to create a looping video provides a way to absorb information more quickly. Instead of a single static image, a GIF can turn a screenshot into a clearer set of instructions.
Depending on the size of the user's screen, a screenshot may not be able to capture an entire window — especially if you need to scroll to capture the entire window. Some snipping tools include ability to screenshot a scrolling screen; scrolls can be captured vertically or horizontally.
All snipping tools should provide the ability to enhance image quality, as well as resize, crop and rotate the screenshot as you need. These products should also allow you to sharpen, brighten and adjust the color of the image.
Many snipping tools go one step further and enable users to create a video of their screen. With snipping tools, users have the ability to record a screen, resize the frames and export the files. This is a great way to train employees step-by-step on a new process or system.
Now that I’ve shared the benefits of using a snipping tool versus built-in shortcuts, take a look at a small selection of tools you can use to create screenshots for your business.
Here are four of the snipping tools with the highest-rated user reviews on G2 Crowd.
G2 Crowd star rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Image courtesy of Snagit
Overview:Snagit allows users to screenshot anything from a small region, to a window, to your entire screen. Simply edit your screenshot with a few clicks. Snagit also produces a short URL so that you may share your screenshot with colleagues.
Single personal license: $49.95
Single business license: $49.95, with a discount for bulk business license purchasing
Single education license: $29.95
Single government and non-profit license: $42.95
What Users Say
What users like “I love the fact that it comes with an editor. Much more intuitive and versatile than the ‘Snip It’ tool in Windows 7. You are also capable of doing video capture and not only screen capture as a picture.” — SnagIt review Michael G.
What users dislike “I would love to see the option of snipping many items and stitching together.” — SnagIt review by Shabih A.
Recommendations to others considering this product “I would highly recommend this for your business. Much more functionality than the Snip tool that Windows provides.” — SnagIt review by Wally M.
G2 Crowd star rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars
Image courtesy of Greenshot
Overview: Greenshot is an open-source snipping tool. It is optimized for business place productivity. This product is intended for Windows.
Pricing options: This snipping tool is completely free of charge for Windows users. There is a $1.99 app available on the Mac app store.
What Users Say
What users like “The ability to remove/crop anything in the screenshot instantly before sending it. Also, I love how I am able to upload to Imgur and other services just after editing it.” — Greenshot reviewby Giridhur S.
What users dislike “The only thing I have found so far that I dislike is that it does not allow freeform snipping.” — Greenshot review by Tommy S.
Recommendations to others considering this product “This is a far easier tool than ‘snipping tool’ as I can have apparently unlimited amounts of screenshots open at one time to refer back to.” — Greenshot review by Stephanie W.
G2 Crowd star rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars
Image courtesy of FastStone Editor
Overview: FastStone Capture is a lightweight, powerful and fully featured snipping tool with screen recording abilities. Capture and annotate windows, objects, menus, specific regions and more on your screen.
Lifetime license for FastStone Image Viewer: $34.95
Lifetime license for FastStone Capture: $19.95
Lifetime family license for FastStone Capture: $49.95
Lifetime license for FastStone MaxView: $19.95
Lifetime license for FastStone Photo Resizer: $19.95
What Users Say
What users like “The ease of use is astounding. This screen capture system will do anything you want it to do … add text, cut, paste, highlight, add shapes, freeform, whatever you need.” — FastStone Capture reviewby Scott T.
What users dislike “The inability to capture interactive menus in the middle of a selection. Typically I have to do a print screen of the entire desktop and then further crop the window to what I need.” — FastStone Capture reviewby Matthew H.
Recommendations to others considering this product “After a little bit of use FastStone Capture will feel extremely easy to use and being forced to use other screen capture tools will seem very cumbersome and lacking.” — FastStone Capture review by Carlton H.
G2 Crowd star rating: N/A
Overview: This snipping tool is compatible with both Windows and Mac. Take screenshots, add comments and share within minutes of using this product. This solution is best suited to those in customer support or users making educational videos.
Pricing options: TinyTake is a completely free snipping tool.
Decide which features are important to you in a product and then consider more user reviews. Since G2 Crowd does not have a category specific to snipping tools, you can find more solutions in our roundup of the best free screen capture software of 2018.
*User reviews may have been edited for grammar and spelling
Brynne is the Buyer Inquiry Team Lead at G2 Crowd. In addition to writing, she leads the research specialists in providing personalized software and services recommendations to buyers. She wishes she had interesting hobbies to include in this bio.