Microsoft has a new development area entitled Microsoft Garage, which is an outlet for experimental projects. One of those experimental projects is a snipping tool app called ‘Snip’. Snip extends the functionality of the standard Windows snipping tool and has been given a more modern ‘app’ feel to its user interface.
How do I get ‘Snip’?
You can download Snip (and read more about it) from the Snip web page on the Microsoft Office Mix website. The download file is approximately 2MB and installation of Snip is pretty quick – no reboot required.
How do I use ‘Snip’?
Snip creates it’s own folder in your Start Menu containing a shortcut for the app. Simply click on the shortcut to start the app.
Once started, the app is displayed at the top of the screen as a discreet thin black rectangle. To view Snip’s options simply hover over the rectangle
The first image is the Capture option and clicking on this changes the mouse cursor to a crosshair-style icon with a viewfinder. To cancel your snip simply press the escape key. Moving the crosshair around the screen, the underlying image will be expanded in the viewfinder to allow very accurate snipping. During a snip, the app appears to split the screen into two distinct areas, the main window and taskbar. Also a quick click on the mouse, without dragging, will capture the current area the mouse is in, i.e. a full screen shot without the taskbar or just the taskbar depending on which of the two areas the mouse is in. Quite handy if you just want a simple screen shot.
By default, Snip starts out docked to the top of your main monitor, but it can be dragged to anywhere on your display. It will automatically dock to the edge of a display (and hide itself) or can be left, fully open, in the middle of a display and will remain ‘Always-on-top’ as you switch between windows.
If you are running multiple monitors, then the Snip app highlights the current screen by slightly greying out the other monitors as you move the mouse around, yet you can snip across multiple displays.
To start your snip, simply click and hold, then drag and release to the highlight your desired snip image. On releasing the cross-hair icon disappears and the Snip Editor window is opened. In the editor you can, highlight areas of the image, draw on the image, even create a video with audio whilst drawing on the image, great for tutorials etc.
We’ll look at the Snip Editor tools in more detail in another post as there are quite a few. Needless to say, the usual options are available, including ‘Save’ with multiple file type options – png, jpg, gif and bmp. The default filename has been amended from ‘CAPTURE’ to a datetime-stamped format of ‘snip_YYYYMMDDhhmmss’. Quite handy if you need to rattle off a number of snips.
We like the new Snipping Tool or should that be Snipping App from Microsoft. We’re guessing that it will eventually replace the old Snipping tool as the standard Windows snipping tool which won’t be a bad thing. The new version certainly has lots of extra features that we have been wanting for ages on our old Windows snipping tool. And, it will probably merge into the Office toolset as well.
If you are using the new Microsoft ‘Snip’ app, please let us know what you think about it in the comments section below.