The new Snipping Tool
As mentioned in a previous post, whilst the original Windows Snipping Tool is still hanging around in the latest releases of Windows 10, you are now being prompted to use Snip & Sketch instead with its ‘improved features’. So today we thought we’d take a look at what those improved features may be.
The Snip and Sketch App’s interface is similar to the Snip App, less colourful, but containing some of the same features that made the Snip App a definite step-up from the standard Snipping Tool.
There are a plethora of tools along the top of the App window, starting with a ‘New’ snip icon and drop-down allowing a short delay of either 3 or 10 seconds before taking a screen snip. Handy for taking snips of non-persistent objects like drop-down menus.
Next to this, is a standard ‘Open File’ icon which allows the user to load an image created outside of Snip & Sketch. This image can then be edited in the same way a screen snip taken with Snip & Sketch can be.
Next up, are Undo and Redo icons, for use during the editing of a snipped image.
The centre of the App tool bar is taken up with the edit tools. The first of these is the ‘Touch Writing’ tool, allowing touch screen users to annotate their snips with their stylus.
Then there are three style options for annotation, Ballpoint pen, Pencil and Highlighter. Each of these options has a range of colours plus a size setting. The Ballpoint pen option draws a solid line, pencil a ‘fuzzier’ line and the highlighter an opaque line. Here’s a screen shot of the three types.
There’s a handy Eraser option, allowing the user to remove their annotations one by one or deleting them all in one go.
The ruler option will overlay either a ruler or a protractor on the snipped image. The ruler overlay allows the user to draw straight lines using the three annotation styles whilst the protractor tool allows smooth curves to be drawn on the image, again using any of the three annotation styles.
And finally, a crop tool allows fine editing of the image and rounds out the selection of editing tools within Snip and Sketch.
A third and final set of tools and features complete the Snip and Sketch tool set.
A handy magnifier allows the user to zoom in on their snipped image to check details. A Save as feature allows snips to be saved to disk and a Copy function will copy the image to the user’s clipboard. There’s also a Share icon which allows the user to send the image to their favourite sharing App.
And finally is a ‘See More’ which displays a hidden set of features and functions. Within this hidden group is an ‘Open with’ function to open up another App with your snipped image, a ‘Print’ option, a ‘Send feedback’ option for the App, an App ‘Settings’ page and a ‘Tips and Tricks’ link to Microsoft’s Tips website.
That wraps it up for our look at the features of the Windows Snip & Sketch App. The App is a great improvement from the original Snipping Tool, and has some great features for editing snips. We just hope it hangs around a bit longer than the Snip App! What do you think of Snip & Sketch? Let us know in the comments below.