is not only about the Windows Snipping Tool, but alternative snipping tools available for Windows users, as well as snipping tools on Android and iOS.

Use IfranView as a Snipping Tool

When is a snipping tool not a snipping tool, well when it’s a graphics viewer, like IrfanView. Combine the ‘Print Screen’ button on most Windows PCs and a graphics or image viewer’s crop function and you have a snipping tool albeit ‘old skool’.

So, instead of using a specific snipping tool, why not use an image viewer? Well generally they can be quite large programs, taking a long time to load and we don’t want to wait that long just to grab a piece of the screen. Also the cropping functionality may be cumbersome with multiple keystrokes or mouse clicks to find and use.

But that’s where IrfanView is different, it’s small and cropping with IrfanView is easy, almost as easy as using a snipping tool 🙂

Well let’s do a comparison, how many keypresses or mouse clicks does it take to take a screen capture using PrintScreen and IrfanView.

1) Capture Screen – ‘Alt + PrintScreen’ (2 keypresses)
2) Start IrfanView (4 mouse clicks)
3) Paste Image – ‘Ctrl + V’ (2 keypresses)
4) Select area for cropping – Mouse down, drag, mouse up – (Mouse click and drag)
5) Crop image – ‘Ctrl + Y’ or Edit/Crop Selection – (2 keypresses or 2 mouse clicks)
6) Save image – Save Icon, Save button – (2 mouse clicks)

Not what we would call speedy but let’s see how it stacks up against the Windows Snipping Tool in Windows 7

1) Start Snipping Tool – (4 mouse clicks)
2) Select area for cropping – Mouse down, drag, mouse up – (Mouse click and drag)
3) Save image – Save Icon, Save button – (2 mouse clicks)

Well quite a difference as you can see. With the snipping tool there are three less steps which consist of up to 6 keypresses, so overall you’d have to favour the Windows snipping tool, but of course this ‘experiment’ is hardly scientific. What if IrfanView is already open? Shortcut use to make it access quicker? As always it’s really down to the individual user to see what works for them and whilst IrfanView is a neat graphics viewer it’s probably not a great replacement for the Windows snipping tool.

Unless, of course, you’re running Windows XP 😉

PicPick Screen Capture Tool

Whilst PicPick sports a more than suitable screen capture tool, it contains much more than that. Along with a screen capture tool, it features an image editor, colour picker, palette, an always useful pixel ruler, protractor and a whiteboard. A great array of handy tools, something for everybody.

But of course it is its usefulness as an alternative to the standard Windows tool that we are interested in. PicPick’s screen capture tool has some great features including dual monitor support, sharing to Facebook, Twitter and email. It also repeats the last capture, handy for those repetitive screen capturing tasks. There’s no video capture but then again neither has the Windows snipping tool. So it’s not a massive step-up from the snipping tool in terms of screen capture but the fact that it has a handy set of features thrown in too, there’s bound to something in there that the user will find useful.

PicPick runs nicely on all versions of Windows (apparently) and doesn’t talk to the registry or system folder, making it a portable piece of software. More than 28 languages are supported.

A home version of PicPick is available from the developer’s website.

Jing Image and Video Capture Software

Jing is a great piece of free software from the guys at TechSmith and is a definite alternative to the standard Windows snipping tool. Jing is especially handy for those of us into social networking as video captured using the software can be easily shared on your twitter or Facebook account. Other great features include

* easily adding notes to your captured images
* share images instantly with flickr
* add narration to your video (microphone required)
* easily embed captured video into your blog

Unfortunately Jing video capture is limited to 5 minute chunks but its sibling software Snagit will allow you to grab those longer video tutorials.

But as free image and video capture software it’s hard to look past Jing. It runs on Windows XP, Vista and 7 plus there’s a Mac OS X version available running on 10.5.8 or later.

Visit TechSmith’s Jing download page to give this great piece of image capture software a trail run.

Microsoft Snipping Tool in Vista

Microsoft introduced the Snipping Tool application for desktops with the release of Vista. The application allows the user to take sceenshots of any rectangular area displayed on their PC monitor. The Vista snipping tool allows the user to manipulate the screenshot by using the various tools available. These tools include a highlighter, colour pens and an eraser.

The screenshot can also be saved as a jpeg, gif or png file and then further manipulated by the various image editing software. The Snipping tool can also directly create an email with the screen shot as an attachment. The application will detect the default email client on the users PC.

How To Run The Snipping Tool in Vista

The snipping tool in Vista can be started by clicking on the Windows icon, entering ‘snip’ in the Search box and clicking on the Snipping Tool icon in the results. It can also be found under All Programs/Accessories.

Screenshot of Iphone: How to take Iphone Screenshot

People often ask me how to take Iphone Screenshot. basically, like everything else from Apple doing complicated things can be made easy. With the Iphone you can take  screenshot without using any other app. To take a screenshot of the content of the Iphone you will need to follow this simple steps.

1.  First, navigate to the screen you want to take a short of. For the sake of this article let’s take the Weather apps.

2. When you have the screen open on the iphone press the “Home” Button and hold it.

3.  While holding the home button press once the power button to take the screenshot. You will see the screen flash once. That’s it. The result will look like below.

Screenshot of Iphone

Screenshot of Iphone


4, The image will be saved to the end of the Camera Roll.

Easier you cannot have it.