For the majority of users, the built in screen shot functions on Mac OS X will be enough. OS X allows you to easily take a screen shot of your entire screen by pressing Command-Shift-3, or allows you to select a portion of your screen with a cross hair by pressing Command-Shift-4. However, there are many users that will find themselves needing more functionality for screen shots and screen capturing or would simply prefer a more traditional app with an easy to use interface. For these people, we have listed a few of our favorite free screen capturing apps for Mac OS X.
Copernicus has been around for a while and is your basic screen capture tool but also has a few handy features such as an unlimited photo gallery for quick and easy access to all your screen shots. It’s also easy to take movies at high frame rates by saving directly to RAM, however there is no sound. The interface and settings are limited but easy to use and perfect for those that just need basic screen capturing functions.
Jing – (Free Version)
If you are a user that finds yourself in need of a more robust experience when capturing audio and video, Jing (even the free version) is definitely one of the most impressive tools you will find. Not only will it do all of the things you expect from the average screen capturing tool, it also features a number of unique functions such as adding text, highlights, and other accents, as well the ability to narrate easily and send/share right from within the app.
Skitch is an app that focuses much more on the social or fun aspects of taking screen shots allowing you to do things such as:
- Snap a website
- Capture a chat moment
- Screenshot an application
- iSight snap your bad hair day
- Quickly sketch an idea
- Tap into your iPhoto Library
- Re-open images from your Skitch History