8 Versatile Mac Screenshot Apps

For many Mac users, taking screenshots is activity performed several times per day. Having the right tool for the job is vital and can save an enormous amount of time. Today we’ll be taking a look at 8 excellent examples of screenshot software for OS X ranging from simple utilities, through to fully-blown applications for organizing and sharing a vast library of images.

Much of the software on offer is not only great at capturing screenshots, but also at allowing you to quickly and easily share them online. We have previously covered a range of different screen recording applications, so please feel free to delve into the archives if you’re looking for a video solution.

Grab

Grab

Grab

The default screenshot utility in OS X, it can either be invoked through opening the application or via one of several key combinations. These include:

⌘ + ⇧+ 3 = Take fullscreen picture
⌘ + ⇧ + 4 = Take selected area screenshot
⌘ + ⇧ + 4 + Space = Take screenshot of an individual window

Price: Free
Developer: Apple
Requires: Mac OS X

Paparazzi

Paparazzi

Paparazzi

Paparazzi offers a simple way to capture a website screenshot, recording the entire contents of the page. You can set the simulated browser size and choose to crop the image if desired. It is also possible to build a command-line script around Paparazzi, automating the process.

Price: Free
Developer: Open Source
Requires: Mac OS X Version 10.3 or higher

Skitch

Skitch

Skitch

A delightful all-in-one utility for capturing a screenshot, website, iSight picture, or iPhoto image. A set of in-built editing features allow you to make changes and annotate before sharing your screenshot with the world via Skitch.com or Flickr.

Price: Free
Developer: Plasq
Requires: Mac 10.4.6 or later

LittleSnapper

LittleSnapper

LittleSnapper

LittleSnapper is wonderfully designed, provides a host of features for capturing whole webpages, and has editing tools which look good enough to eat. Very full-featured, and a brilliant tool for snapping and organizing inspiration.

Price: $39
Developer: Realmac Software
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5

Snapz Pro X

Snapz Pro X

SnapzProX

The most expensive application in our roundup, but the only screenshot tool that also supports video recording. We’ve previously covered screen recording tools, but SnapzPro is also good at taking static images. Great if you need something with a little more flexibility, but over-kill if a screenshot utility is all that is required.

Price: $69
Developer: Ambrosia Software
Requires: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

GrabUp

GrabUp

GrabUp

GrabUp offers a seamless way to share screenshots. As soon as you’ve captured an image, it is automatically uploaded to the internet, and a link to the file placed on your clipboard. Fast, effective and very impressive. The Pro version removes banner ads, and allows you to enter custom FTP details for uploading.

Price: Free, Pro ($20)
Developer: GrabUp
Requires: Mac OS X

Layers

Layers

Layers

Layers is a screenshot utility that records all your screen content in a layered Photoshop file. Each layer represents a different application or interface element, and various options can customize what exactly is placed into the resulting file.

Price: $19.95
Developer: Wuonm
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5

Voila

Voila

Voila

Voila lets you capture from a huge variety of different sources, add annotations, and share via Mail, Flickr, FTP or iPhoto. Before taking a look, it may be worth giving this post a read. Voila borrows heavily from LittleSnapper and I’d rather hand my money over to the developers who spent time crafting an innovative interface from scratch.

Price: $39.95
Developer: Global Delight
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5.2 or later

Conclusion

I hope I’ve managed to cover most of the tools available for OS X – If you prefer a different solution, please let everyone know in the comments. Enjoy experimenting with the various apps on offer, and happy snapping!