As a blogger, who focuses on the areas of media, games, and adaptive technology, having a tool-set that allows me to capture this images, logos, and screen grabs of what I am reviewing is a vital component. I have used the tried methodology of a keystroke sequence (alt-print-screen, print screen), plus other software capture software suites, but my results have been middling, at best. I have been lucky that most companies/entities have provided images for the reviews that I have done. Nonetheless, many times I have not had the right image or at the correct size, so finding a program to accomplish this has become a paramount concern of mine. My searching is now over, as NGWIN and its PicPick program has come to the rescue!
This fine program allows you to use a toolbox that has a basic image editor, a screen capture toolbox, and some specialized tools, like a pixel ruler, a screen coordinate cross-hair, protractor, and a whiteboard for brainstorming. Allow of these tools can be used together, as well as the ability to share your files across the web, via cloud services. The tools are easy to access from a small palette icon, residing in your system tray or inside of a window (which can be turned off) that opens when the program is run.
Anyone familiar with Microsoft Paint or GIMP will be very much at home with PicPick’s Image Editor. The basic features allow you to re-size, crop, color, and modify your images with ease. The program has pre-built image profile sizes for mobile screens, so if you are making images that are properly formatted to be viewed on said devices, you are in luck. You can even place watermarks that can both denote and help protect your images, as they go broad across the web. This feature is usually only found in more expensive products, so having it included in this suite is a great boon to your artistic endeavors.
The primary purpose of this program is a fully-featured screen capture utility. You can find other programs that accomplish this, but the costs and limitations on their free versions leave something to be desired. Along comes PicPick and blows away the competition, with multiple levels of capture technique.
In my usage of free capture methods, I have always had to settle for whole screen image or just the active window. I have never been able to free select the image capture aperture, nor include the cursor or scroll bars. Now, I can capture all of these details, and do so easily and repeatedly. Each mode is designed to help make your screen capture tasks in an intuitive manner, easy to comprehend and utilize with minimal difficulty. Just try it for yourself, and you will see how easy it really is to do.
Taking images and screen grabs are of nominal usage, if you are not able to put these into practice. NGWIN has you covered here, as well. Whether you want use your images on your local system (clipboard, PDF’s, image files) or distribute them across the web (e-mail, Dropbox, Google Drive, Skydrive, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), support is built/baked into the program, so you are set to carry out these tasks, right out of the box. I know as a blogger, being dependent on web-ready, shareable images are a paramount concern of mine; I need this feature set and so will you.
The program comes with some specialized tools, like a color picker/analyzer to help you copy/determine the pixel colors on screen. It also comes with a corresponding color palette to place these colors. It comes with a scalable screen magnifier (nice for us vision-impaired folks) to see details lost to us, as the years go by. The last set of tools that I will highlight is very graphic design specific, in that they are used for print/web layout. The Cross-hair, Protractor, and Ruler tools help us designers to place out images, text, and overall flow. Being able to combine these added value tools with the
aforementioned features is a great supplement to round out this package.
I know how much you must love this program, so you may ask “How much is this going to cost me?” The answer is not a whole lot, for what you get. The price is scalable, depending on the number of users/licenses that you need, and decreases/license as you go up in numbers. The starting price is $21.99 USD (sale price), and that price is for one license that can be used by a single person on a desktop and one laptop. The paid Pro version does include the usage of this program for commercial applications, so you will not need to pay a second fee to go from personal to business, as well as lifetime upgrades. Nice value for the money, and well worth the cost. However, if you want to check out the program and see if it is a good fit for you, you can download a Home free version that includes ads, no tech support, and manual updates. Whatever you choose, you will find this program will become indispensable, so do yourself a favor, and get this right away. Until next time, keep on smiling!