you ever wanted to grab a screen capture of something on
your desktop but didn't have the right utility program?
Well now you do with Wisepixel’s HandySnap.
is advertised as the screen capture utility that won't
block up your screen and that is true. On the other hand,
neither does PrintScreen. While PrintScreen resides on
the taskbar when installed, HandySnap can reside either
as a desktop icon or on the Quick Launch bar which I
prefer. When launched, HandySnap puts an icon on the
Taskbar as well.
Note: Dave is referring above to a screenshot product
called Gadwin PrintScreen, not the old Windows PrnScr
utility which operated without any visible dialog and
captured only the entire desktop to a .BMP file)
what HandySnap does best, which is not capture the whole
screen if you don't need it. When you only want to grab
a portion of the screen, the rectangle tool allows you
to outline the area that you want or need, which you
can then click to capture. But guess what? I can't grab
a screenshot to show you. When I select the rectangle
tool to grab a shot of the HandySnap Menu, it disappears!
Maybe this has something to do with the way I have the
utility configured as there is a pretty comprehensive
options menu built-in. Using keyboard shortcuts rather
than the mouse lets you capture dialogs however, so reading
the online help system is important if only to learn
get a preview of the capture and then by using the Save
As option, you can save the screen shot as either a BMP,
JPEG, GIF, TIFF or PNG file. I prefer the JPG as it’s
more compatible with other programs that I use and the
file size is smaller.
you want to capture the whole screen, you can do that
as well. There is a feature for allowing captures of
a particular window and for repeating the last capture.
I personally didn't find much use for either of those
functions, but anyone who has to write product documentation
or assemble and edit research or write and layout marketing
material will find lots of use for it. Right after the
capture you can send the screenshot to the clipboard
or to a file.
the second part of the HandySnap menu you will find icons
for Inserting a Sprite, some Text (very useful), a Brush
tool and a Draw tool. I personally did not have a use
for the Sprite, Brush or Draw tools during this review,
but I did have occasion to use the Text tool and found
a small bug. When you capture a screen and would like
to add text to it, you might like to add that text in
white to stand out on a colored or gray background. When
typing in the text as white on a white background in
the editing screen, you won't see what you typed until
you insert it. A small inconvenience, but still something
that should be fixed.
third portion of the HandySnap Menu allows you send the
screenshot via e-mail directly from the program as well
as capture the shot to the clipboard or to a file. There
is also an icon to Open a File.