Technical documentation, typically, requires screenshots and I, like many, have been through the gamut of software applications that can be used. Currently I’m quite happy with Gadwin Printscreen, but recently stumbled across something a bit different.

Whilst I don’t use it at work, I have a MacBook at home and I use an application called Skitch on there to do random screengrabs and so on. It is a simple, friendly little application that is aimed at the casual user. It’s very easy to grab a screenshot, markup an area and save both image and markup to JPEG.

PrtScr is a similar kind of application for Windows, allowing a free drag and grab style screenshot capability, and the option to add simple, hand drawn markup. It’s very simplistic and whilst I seriously doubt it would find a place on the desktop of most technical communicators, it’s a nice little option if you are looking at doing something a little less formal.

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Craig, I have it, but find Gadwin works a little faster for my basic needs.

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Great find, Gordon! I’m a fan of portable freeware FS Capture myself (see for last freeware version).

But PrtScr has a few USPs in my mind:
– Annotate/draw before you capture.
– Send to MS Paint at a mouse click.
– Coolest must-see useless animation in any screen capture tool!
– Most anime fav icon outside of Japan. 🙂

Oh, and you can make PrtScr portable, too:
1. Extract the installation .exe using the Universal Extractor (
2. Copy dsp_ipp.dll, english.isl and PrtScr,1.exe to a portable app directory.
3. Rename PrtScr,1.exe into PrtScr.exe

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