Choosing a Screen Capture Tool

Checklist of key criteria for selecting a tool to take screen captures (screenshots, screen dumps)

If you frequently need to create screen captures, a small investment in a specialized screen capture tool will soon pay off. A professional screen capture tool enables you to “shoot,” save, and edit the images quickly and efficiently. Effects often needed for technical documentation, such as drop shadow or torn edges, cropping of menus, etc., can be added with a click of the mouse. With a general purpose image editor, this would be much more cumbersome.

However, not all the functions offered by many screen capture tools are equally relevant for technical documentation purposes. The following checklist can help you decide which screen capture tool meets your specific needs best.

Note: You can find a list of tools under Screen Capture Tools for Technical Documentation.