Sunday, April 1, 2007

SnagIt is a completely insane screen capture program

PRODUCT REVIEW

By David Gewirtz

Over the years, we've reviewed bundles of bundles and sweet suites so many times, it sometimes feels like our heads are about to explode. We've reviewed office suites, graphics suites, media management suites, and even game suites. But, until now, we've never reviewed a screen capture suite.


"SnagIt goes way beyond basic capture. Maniacally beyond. The Joker in Arkham Asylum maniacally beyond."

Although the folks at TechSmith don't call SnagIt a suite, this program has so many features, they might as well. At its core is the ability to capture a screenshot, like the one in Figure A, which, coincidentally, is a screenshot of the screenshot program SnagIt, taken with SnagIt.

FIGURE A

SnagIt can do a lot. (click for larger image)

SnagIt is a screenshot program. But even there, TechSmith has thought this stuff through. First, SnagIt can take screenshots of pages bigger than a window. For example, let's assume you wanted to take a screenshot of an entire Web page, including all the stuff that's scrolled off screen. Set SnagIt to auto-scroll and it'll grab the entire page, causing the window to scroll, and generating a very big, very complete graphic.

Incredibly helpful feature, that.

SnagIt can also hide the cursor or show the cursor. It can take captures of menus and it has a timer feature, so you don't have to move your mouse off of what you're grabbing to grab it.

How far can you go?

But SnagIt goes way beyond basic capture. Maniacally beyond. The Joker in Arkham Asylum maniacally beyond. "When super-villains want to scare each other, they tell Joker stories." That kind of maniacally beyond.

It's as if someone said, "Let's build the best screen capture program in the world." And they did. Then that person said, "OK, so how do we put more into this thing to make it even better?" And they did. And then they did it year after year after year after year, each time cackling insanely, rubbing their hands together, and adding more and more and more features to what's basically a one-trick pony.

This isn't feature creep, it's feature diarhea. It slices, it dices. As Crazy Eddie would have said, this product is insaaaaane! We'd expect to have product with this many features when reviewing Photoshop, but not a frickin' screen capture program.