Need screen capture software for Mac

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  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator
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    I understand Mac OS X comes with a built-in screen capture.
    I forgot the function, but I think it's CTRL + one of the F keys.

    I have only played around with it once and from memory,
    it took only a photo of my entire screen.

    I need something a little more refined....

    I need a program where I can capture a specific area of
    something I am working on within my desktop. Perhaps a
    photo image, perhaps a portion of a webpage or just a picture
    of something happening somewhere on my screen.

    Windows had a great program called SNAGIT that I was
    able to map out exactly what elements of my desktop I wanted
    captured.

    What program does this for the Mac?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Rhoq

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    Command + Shift + 3 is the full-screen capture you are talking about.

    Try pressing Command + Shift + 4, this should be what you're looking for to capture only specific regions of your screen.

    Also if, by-chance, you're looking to take a screen-cap of a DVD, Apple will not allow you do it with the the MacOS X DVD Player. Instead, you'd need to play the DVD through VLC.
     
  3. Ted Todorov

    Ted Todorov Cinematographer

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    Hi Ron,

    The program you are looking for is Grab -- it is in the Applications:Utilities folder.

    Ted
     
  4. Patrick Mason

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    Hi Ron,

    If you really want the most feature-rich and easy to use screen capture utility out there, you can spring for SnapzPro X:

    http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/snapzprox/

    This is a little closer to SNAGIT in terms of the amount of control you can have, but also like SNAGIT you have to pay a little extra for it.
     
  5. Andrew Pratt

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    Ron also as a former windows user remember that unlike Windows when you do a screen grab using Cmd Shift 3 or 4 it dumps the PNG file to your desktop not to the clipboard. Took me awhile to figure that one out [​IMG]
     
  6. Christian Behrens

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    Personally, I use the free utility SnapNDrag. Does all I need from a screenshot utility.

    -Christian
     
  7. Michael_K_Sr

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    SnapzPro X kicks ass. I've been using it for years and the version that includes full motion capture has proven invaluable.
     
  8. Scott Kimball

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    I also recommend Snapz Pro X. It will also capture Apple DVD Player output. It is the best one out there for Mac...

    -Scott
     

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