Quick. What are the keystroke combinations to capture screen shots on your Mac? I have the same problem. When it comes to keystroke or hotkey combos, an aging memory fails my desire to enhance productivity.
When it comes to screenshots, Apple provides a handful of keyboard shortcuts. There’s also the Grab app in OS X, which simplifies the process somewhat by giving you menu options (and keyboard options) to grab both screen shots and sections of the Mac’s screen. But both are lacking in any kind of feature requirement, including file types, storage location, and screenshot organization.
Even better than keyboard shortcuts or the Grab app is the famous Mac utility SnapNDrag. It works similar to Grab, but gives you a floating preference window which makes it much easier to grab images, manage images, and adjust capture settings on the fly.
Click Selection and draw a rectangle anywhere on the Mac’s screen to capture the image. The image is saved in SnapNDrag but you get other options, including the format to save the file, adjust quality settings, alter the file name, and size. None of these functions are available in Grab.
Click the Window tab and select just the frontmost window of an open application. Click the Screen tab and SnapNDrag captures the Mac’s screen.
The nicest thing about using SnapNDrag is the simplicity. Preferences are straightforward but with all the options screenshots really need.
If you’re into point and click you won’t need to remember keyboard shortcuts if you don’t want (but SnapNDrag can be activated with a global keyboard shortcut; and shortcuts are available), no file conversion issues, no pop up dialog boxes to figure out, and no scattering of left over image files to find and delete later.
The Screenshot tab in Preferences gives you cursor options, and even drops the app window shadow if you want. Files saved as JPGs have multiple quality settings (but only low, medium, or high). Screenshots can be annotated, too.
What’s not to like here?
SnapNDrag Pro has advanced options to batch rename files, run in the background as a no-Dock icon app, and has customizable keyboard hot keys. As a good Mac app citizen SnapNDrag has been around for years and has been improved regularly by the developer.