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Is Awesome Screenshot Browser Add-on, Really Awesome?

So, is Awesome Screenshot, a screen capture add-on for Firefox 4.0 (which I recently installed), Chrome, and Safari really awesome? If you’re an active Blogger and you have a need to capture web graphics, or you’re the type of web enthusiast who likes to share unique content, then I think you’ll agree that it just might be.

Using Awesome Screenshot by activating its Browser toolbar push button icon

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(which launches the add-on’s toolbar), you can capture a visible part, a selected part, or an entire web page. You then have the option to annotate the screen capture with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and even text.

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Sample Capture

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Saving the image to your Hard Drive, or sharing – by uploading the image to the Pict image hosting site, is a snap. In the following illustration, I’ve uploaded the sample capture to http://awesomescreenshot.com/0879qyp64, which, when clicked, (try it), opens the following.

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This neat add-on doesn’t stop there though. You can share your capture on Twitter, Facebook, or Google Buzz – and even email it with Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail.

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Fast facts:

Capture

  • Capture visible part
  • Capture any region
  • Capture the whole page
  • Crop any portion and show crop dimension

Annotate

  • Annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text
  • Erase the sensitive information with blur tool

Share

  • One-click Upload the screenshot to awesomescreenshot.com
    and get a sharable link
  • Hard to guess URL to allow private sharing
  • Share the link to Twitter, Facebook, email etc.

To see  Awesome Screenshot in action, watch this YouTube video.

Compatible with: Firefox 4.0, Chrome, Safari.

Download at: Mozilla, or the developer’s site.

Note: No restart required for Firefox 4.0 add-on.

Just a quick word on Firefox 4.0, which I’ve been running for a few weeks.

Contrary to most of the hype I’ve been reading regarding Firefox 4.0 which attempts to reposition Firefox 4.0 as the “reinvention” of the Browser, it’s simple not so.

Yes, there are major differences under the hood in this latest version, some of which you may find valuable, but in terms of productivity increases, I doubt if an average user will notice. For example, I have a very high end Video Card which Firefox 4.0 is designed to take advantage of – I have yet to see any improvement in performance based on this.

The following type of pseudo scientific testing is misleading, and really just twists reality out of shape – “performance tests on the Kraken, SunSpider and V8 benchmarks, for example, Firefox 4 blew away previous versions of the browser, with performance results between three and six times better.” The test results may be accurate, but unless you can count in milliseconds, I doubt if you’ll notice any appreciable increase in speed.

Nevertheless, if you’re a Firefox user, you do need to upgrade for security reasons. But don’t expect that you’ll be walking into a new and exciting Browser world.

With all the new releases, upgrades, and what have you in the Browser market in the last few weeks, and the accompany trumpeting of “were the best”, “we’re the fastest”, “we’ve got the best technology”, ad nauseam – it very much reminded me of children bragging in the school yard.

It would be helpful for average users if certain tech journalists, and the product developers, stopped trying to “sell” browsers as if they were used cars, it seems to me.

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Looking For The Best Free Screen Capture Utility? Checkout MWSnap

I like to use a lot of screen captures when I review an application – a picture is worth a thousand words, and all that. Lately, I’ve gotten more than a few questions from readers requesting the lowdown on the program I use to generate these screen shots.

Since I’m heavily into freeware (85% of my apps are freeware), I’ve been using the freeware screen capture application MWSnap, for years.

MWSnap is a highly rated small, yet powerful, Windows program for snapping (capturing) images from selected parts of the screen. I use it daily to create high-quality screen captures for presentations, documents, and most particularly – application screen captures for my Blog.

I use MWSnap so often, that I’ve pinned it to the Taskbar.

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The user interface is very simple, and very easy to follow. I must admit though, that I rarely see the interface since I generally use the “hot key” function.

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Fast facts:

Image editing – basic image editing options

5 snapping modes.

Support for BMP, JPG, TIFF, PNG and GIF formats, with selected color depth and quality settings.

System-wide hotkeys.

Clipboard copy/paste.

Printing.

Auto-saving, auto-printing.

Auto-start with Windows.

Minimizing to system tray.

An auto-extending list of fixed sizes, perfect for snapping images for icons and glyphs.

A zoom tool for magnifying selected parts of the screen.

A ruler tool for measuring screen objects lengths.

A color picker showing screen colors with separated RGB parts.

Fast picture viewer.

Adding frames and mouse pointer images.

Multilevel configurable undo and redo.

System Requirements: Any 32-bit Windows OS. I run this app on both Windows 7, and XP Pro systems.

Download at: Download.com

This application is an excellent choice for everyone –  from casual, to experienced users.

Additional free screen capture utilities mentioned by regular readers.

PicPick – PicPick is user friendly and full of features for creating your image, suitable for software developers, graphic designers and home user.
It is an all-in-one program that provides full-featured screen capture tool, intuitive image editor, color picker, color palette, pixel ruler, protractor, crosshair and even whiteboard.

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EasyCapture – EasyCapture is a easy-to-use free screen capture software that can capture any part of screen from your desktop. It can capture scrolling windows and entire web pages.

With this screen capture freeware, you can edit captured images and save to bmp, jpg, gif, png, tiff image format. You can add text annotation, arrows and other objects to create professional screenshots for inclusion in online tutorials, Word documents, manuals, promotion material, presentations, websites, emails and so on.

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5 Fully Licensed Applications FREE From Ashampoo – Value $129.95!

As a popular Blogger, I receive “giveaway” offers from software developers virtually everyday. This past week, for example, a developer offered two free licenses for their backup software – software that has no major advantages over an assortment of free backup applications readily available for download on the Net. My only response – give me a break – this type of marketing is so Twentieth Century! Two licenses? Sheesh.

No, I have much more interest in pointing out to readers, opportunities to download fully licensed software from mature software developers who focus on the big picture. Developers who create opportunities for significant numbers of users to benefit from giveaways – not 5 or 10, and certainly not two! No fuss, no muss, no waiting, no trusting to luck giveaways – professionally handled, and a win-win for all involved.

Ashampoo, a German software developer with over 125 million software installations to their credit, is a perfect example of a company that understands marketing in the Twenty First Century. As such, Ashampoo periodically offers free multipacks of their programs for download, with the only requirement being registration.

This time out, Ashampoo is offering 5 of their applications for free (retail value $129.95). This is a limited time offer, and as such, there is no guarantee that the offer will not be withdrawn without notice.

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Applications include:

Burning Studio 2010 Advanced – (for CD, DVD, and Blu-ray burning projects).

Home Designer – (a 3-D home-planning tool).

Photo Commander 7 – (for sharing, organizing, and managing photos and videos).

Snap 3 – (a screen- and video-capture utility).

WinOptimizer 6 – (a Windows tuning, maintenance, and optimization utility).

If you’ve not used Ashampoo’s applications in the past, then you’re in for a treat. This company develops absolutely first class applications, and I recommend that you give all of these applications a try.

To take advantage of this offer, click on the “Redeem Coupon Code Here” button, in the graphic below.

I should point out, registration is required to unlock any application past the initial 10 day trial period.

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Note: If you’re wondering what the green circles are, in the above graphic, this is the WOT Browser add-on advising me that the links in the email (the graphic is a screen capture of my email), are safe.

Even if you have no need for any of this software, consider passing the offer on to your friends as a “one day late”, Christmas present.

Ashampoo loves to remind you occasionally of the value of their full software lineup, so if you find it bothersome to receive this type of email, you’d be better off passing.

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Special: Download 5 Terrific Ashampoo Apps – No Charge

Ashampoo, a German software company noted for developing top quality, easy to use applications, periodically makes available free, current versions of their retail products. The last time I recall a similar offer from Ashampoo was a couple of years ago, when they offered 6 of their programs for free.

This time, Ashampoo is offering 5 of their applications for free (retail value $160, or so). I believe this a limited time offer, and there is no guarantee the offer will not be withdrawn without notice. So as the hot dog guy at the ball park says, “get em while they’re hot.”

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Applications include:

Burning Studio 2010 Advanced (for CD, DVD, and Blu-ray burning projects)

Home Designer (a 3D home-planning tool)

Photo Commander 7 (for sharing, organizing, and managing photos and videos)

Snap 3 (a screen- and video-capture utility)

WinOptimizer 6 (a Windows tuning, maintenance, and optimization utility)

If you’ve not used Ashampoo’s applications in the past then you’re in for a treat. This company develops absolutely first class applications, and I recommend that you give all of these applications a try.

To take advantage of this offer, go here and enter coupon code ASH-444LW1.

I must point out that registration is required to unlock any application past the original 10 day trial period. You might find this process a bit of a hassle. But, then again – maybe not.

Ashampoo loves to remind you occasionally of the value of their full software lineup, so if you find it bothersome to receive this type of email, you’d be better off passing. Personally, I find it easier to stay in the loop on new software developments.

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Download MWSnap – Free, Powerful Screen Capture Utility

Print Screen Tired of using the clunky Windows Alt-Printscreen command for capturing screen shots, but you don’t want to pay up to $40 to get more control over this function? Do you need more options and functionally when snapping screen shots?

Well the good news is, you don’t have to pay a penny to download and install a great little application that will allow you to do more than just capture screen shots, and that will give you the options and functionally you need.

MWSnap is a highly rated small, yet powerful, Windows program, for snapping (capturing) images from selected parts of the screen. I’ve been using this application for years, and I find it invaluable in day to day usage. I use it daily to create high-quality screen captures for presentations, documents and most particularly screen captures for my Blogs.

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The user interface is very simple, and easy to follow. I must admit though, that I rarely see the interface since I generally use the “hot key” function.

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Fast facts:

Image editing – basic image editing options

5 snapping modes.

Support for BMP, JPG, TIFF, PNG and GIF formats, with selected color depth and quality settings.

System-wide hotkeys.

Clipboard copy/paste.

Printing.

Auto-saving, auto-printing.

Auto-start with Windows.

Minimizing to system tray.

An auto-extending list of fixed sizes, perfect for snapping images for icons and glyphs.

A zoom tool for magnifying selected parts of the screen.

A ruler tool for measuring screen objects lengths.

A color picker showing screen colors with separated RGB parts.

Fast picture viewer.

Adding frames and mouse pointer images.

Multilevel configurable undo and redo.

MWSnap does not require installation, and does not need any special drivers or system files.

Special thanks to Okie for suggesting this article.

System Requirements: any 32-bit Windows OS. I run this app on both Win 7, and XP Pro systems.

Download at: Download.com

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Free FastStone Image Viewer! – Browser/Converter/Editor – USB Compatible

As the heading of this article sets out, FastStone Image Viewer allows you to work on your photographic images to your hearts content. You can even build a musical slideshow with over 150 transitional effects.

FastStone Image Viewer is one of my favorite photo applications, with good reason. It’s not just a viewer, but an image browser, converter, and an editor as well. You’ll find the interface intuitive and very easy to use.

This program is loaded with features including, renaming, cropping, color adjustments, lossless JPEG transformation, drop shadow effects, image frames, scanner support, histogram and much more.

With FastStone installed you’ll have support for all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA.

Quick Facts:

  • Windows Explorer-like user interface
  • Supports popular image formats
  • Full Screen viewer with image zoom support and unique fly-out menu panels
  • One-click image magnifier
  • Red-Eye removal/reduction
  • Resize/resample, rotate/flip, crop, sharpen/blur, brightness/contrast, etc.
  • Image color effects: gray scale, sepia, negative, Red/Green/Blue adjustment
  • Image special effects: watermark, annotation, drop shadow, framing, bump map, lens, morph, waves
  • Multi-level Undo/Redo capability
  • Acquire images from a scanner
  • Screen capture capability

A no-install, fully portable version, can be run from a removable storage device

Latest Version 3.5 – January 15/2008

FastStone Image Viewer includes two versions in one installation:

Standard Edition – Free for private or educational use.

Professional (Pro) Edition – Registration required.

Download at: Download.com

XNView is an alternative application with similar features, but with support for more than 400 graphic file formats. As well as offering easy image viewing, XnView also offers more advanced features such as Web page creation, contact prints, multiple conversion (format and transformation), slide shows, screen capturing and twain support for scanners and digital cameras.
For a review and free download read my article on this Blog.

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MWSnap – Free – The Perfect Multi-Lingual Screen/Image Capture Tool

Are you tired of using the clunky Windows Alt-Printscreen command for capturing screen shots, but you don’t want to pay up to $40 to get more control over this function? Do you need more options and functionally when snapping screen shots?

Well the good news is you don’t have to pay a penny to download and install a great little application that will allow you to do more than just capture screen shots and that will give you the options and functionally you need.

MWSnap is an almost perfect freeware screen capture utility for windows.

Capture Functions:

  • A window or menu
  • Variable rectangular area
  • A fixed-size rectangle
  • An auto-extending list of fixed sizes – snapping images for icons/glyphs

 

Additional Features:

  • Image editing – basic image editing options
  • Saving files – auto-save or manual save
  • File formats – jpg, gif, png, and more
  • Multi-Lingual – English, German, Polish, Russian, Spanish
  • Graphical tools – zoom, ruler, color picker and a window spy
  • Fast picture viewer or converter
  • Clipboard copy/paste
  • Printing
  • Auto-saving, auto-printing
  • Auto-start with Windows
  • Minimizing to system tray

This application is an excellent choice for everyone from casual to experienced users. I find this program invaluable and I use it daily to create high-quality screen captures for presentations, documents and most particularly my blogs.

MWSnap does not require installation and does not need any special drivers or system files.

MWSnap is freeware, but the author will gladly accepted donations.

Download at author’s site: www.mirekw.com

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