There is no price better than “free” and so I was using Faststone’s Capture version 5.3 tool until today for all my screen capture needs. Why version 5.3 when they are currently on version 6.7? Version 5.3 was the last one after which Faststone made their application a 30 day trial limited software.
I love Faststone Capture – even at version 5.3 it came close to SnagIt and its many features that I had grown used to. But 5.3 was getting dated and it wasn’t updated for Windows 7.
And today I found a new replacement for my screen capture tasks: PicPick.
PicPick, provides me with all the normal screen capture options: full screen, active window, free hand, etc. In addition it also provides me with the all important “Auto-Scroll” option that allows me to capture long documents and web-pages (a feature that is not available in all screen capture tools). PicPick, is more than a screen capture tool. It has a whole slew of tools for which I used to require to use multiple separate applications before (ruler, magnifier, protractor, etc.). I have been using it for only a day now, and I have already uninstalled Faststone Capture.
PicPick got a 4.5 star rating by CNet Editors and is tested spyware free: http://download.cnet.com/PicPick/3000-2192_4-75072925.html and ranked #12 in the Image Editing Software category.
Most importantly, PicPick is free!