Best Screenshot Apps for Mac & Windows

By on May 2, 2016 in Design Trends
Best Screenshot Apps for Mac & Windows

Capturing, saving and sharing screenshots is an essential part of any designer's process. Screenshots help in a myriad of scenarios, including feedback collection, visual curation or place-saving during the design process, but designers often lose too much time in the manual process of actually capturing and saving them. In reality, there are several handy cloud-based screenshot tools that can capture and upload screenshots in real time. Do you want to know more about the best screenshot tools to use, and whether they'll work with your computer? Check out the list of apps below.


Price: Free

Works with: Mac and Windows

Lightshot is one of the easiest-to-use screen capture apps, which allows you to both snag and share screenshots easily. The app also lets you edit photos and do a search for similar images.


Price: Free

Works with: Mac and Windows (grandfathered status)

Skitch, an app made by Evernote, allows users to take and annotate screenshots; you can use an existing image or capture a shot of a new one — and then add text, images or notes to it. Skitch is a great app for anyone who collaborates on a design project.


Price: $25.00

Works with: Mac

You can capture a variety of screenshots with Ember: whole desktops, single windows or a selected area. The app can save entire web pages, and it has organizational capabilities that let you sort images into collections. Ember also syncs with Dropbox.


Price: $21.99-$8.99 per user

Works with: Windows

PicPick is a Windows tool for screenshots, and it enables you to capture, edit and share images. PicPick is highly customizable, and it lets you configure things like hotkeys and image quality.

Nimbus Screenshot and Screencast

Price: Free

Works with: Mac and Windows (Google Chrome Extension)

Nimbus is a Google Chrome plugin used to capture web pages and video from your screen. The app has editing and annotating capabilities for screenshots, and users can comment on video screencasts.


Price: Free

Works with: Mac and Windows (Google Chrome Extension)

When you use Marker, another of Google Chrome's screen capture tools, you can save annotated screenshots to programs like Slack, Trello, Github and many more.


Price: Free

Works with: Mac and Windows

TinyGrab is a screenshot tool that is focused on social sharing. Using TinyGrab, you can take screenshots and upload them to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr, Wordpress and more with just the click of a button. TinyGrab also has one of the best screenshot apps for iPhone, which you can use for screenshot sharing on the go.


Price: Free

Works with: Windows

ShareX is able to capture images and video from your screen, it is a free resource (and free of ads), and it has extensive image editing capabilities. ShareX supports more than 50 image, text and file hosting services, as well as several URL shortening services.


Price: Free

Works with: Windows

Greenshot is one of the most basic screenshot apps for Windows. It allows you to take a screenshot of your whole screen or a selected region, and it permits the capture of Internet Explorer web pages. With Greenshot, you can export your screenshot in a variety of ways, including email, clipboard, printing, and more.


Price: Free

Works with: Windows and Mac

TinyTake lets you capture images and video from your screen, and it has annotation tools. It also keeps your history, so you can reference images you captured previously.

Capturing screenshots is a key part of the design process, and luckily, there are lots of apps today that can make the screen capture process effortless and automatic. Let us know what your favorite screenshot apps are in the comments below!

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  1. SnagIt from TechSmith has been my go-to tool on Windows and Mac for years. It has great annotation capability as well as the ability to save customized annotations for future reuse.

  2. Can't believe SnagIt wasn't mentioned. Video, Graphics, Auto-scroll, Markup. It's been my go-to for years as well on both platforms. I'd like to know why it was overlooked.

  3. @kelly b I *LIVE* in SnagIt! TechSmith has the market cornered on screenshot and video capture tools!

  4. Paparazzi! is an app I use for the Mac that does a good job of capturing full-length browser screenshots. It also allows me to switch user agents to capture screenshots for mobile browsers, as well as adding a delay for when interstitial ads run, or for modals that display.

  5. I use Jing and Ember. Will check out SnagIt. Thanks for mentioning in the first 3 comments :)

  6. Wouldn't go with TinyGrab, doesn't offer any sort of support anymore, even for paid users.

  7. I use the Acethinker Screen Grabber Online for taking screenshots on my Windows computer. It is a very effective tool for taking quick snapshots of anything on my screen that I want to share with my friends. It is simple, reliable tool.

  8. Thanks to the commenters who referenced SnagIt tried it and purchased it, it works great. I hate most if not all "free" utility apps as they just do not work as well or way too simplistic compared with most payware offerings. Browser extensions are even worse.

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