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Screen Capture in Windows 7

by Alan German

I always wondered what was left out of Windows 7 Home Premium in order to make it into the Starter Edition. Obtaining a netbook computer with Windows 7 Starter Edition installed gave me the chance to find out first hand.

One of the things that became apparent was that the Windows Snipping Tool, used to capture full or partial screenshots, was nowhere to be found. This set me on a hunt - to locate a free screen grabber - just so that I could create a screenshot with which to illustrate this article. Well, not really, but since I do take images off my display screen quite often, I need an easy-to-use and flexible screen capture utility.

One program that I found really easy to use, but with considerable power, is PicPick. This little utility loads itself into the system tray and is then always ready to jump to the task of obtaining a screenshot.



There are many configurable options. Capture of the full screen, the active widow, or an outlined region can be specified, and a variety of file formats in which to store the screen image are available. The captured image is first loaded into the program's main window (see above) where a range of tools, including resize and crop, and the ability to add text and graphics to the image, are provided.

PicPick makes it easy to grab an image of any portion of the display screen, do simple editing, and then store the image to disk in BMP, JPG, PNG or GIF format. The program is free for non-commercial use.

Bottom Line:

PicPick (Free for non-commercial use)
Version 3.0.3
Wiziple Software

Originally published: June, 2012

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