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Suggestions for screen capture & annotation sw?

I need to take some new screen captures of my software and I want to annotate them with callouts and arrows, etc. to point out features.  The key thing here is easy annotations that are in a seperate layer from the image, so that I can alter the annotation "layer" later if necessary. 


Any suggestions?

Snagit looks promising as does robo screen capture.

Any other suggestions?



http://www.ehelp.com/products/roboscreencapture/

Entrepreneur
Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Shift+PrtScn and GIMP work for me.  =-)

Alyosha`
Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Paint Shop Pro:
http://www.jasc.com/products/paintshoppro/
has screen capture ability, plus images with multiple layers.

Philip Dickerson
Tuesday, September 16, 2003

GNU Image Manipulation program, I assume.


Wil that let you easily add annotations?
(I.e., arrow pointing to something in the image, with a callout box and some text explaining why that thing is important).

Entrepreneur
Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Something real easy - use print-screen and paste into Excel.

Excel has a simple but effective range of text boxes callouts, various arrows, etc. whcih you can over lap on top of the image.

DJ
Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Excellent Capture Freeware: http://www.gadwin.com/news.htm#Gadwin%20PrintScreen%202.6%20available%20for%20download!

Then for serious layering Gimp or Adobe
or for simple layering(?)
use MS Word  or OpenOffice for direct annotation.

BigRoy
Tuesday, September 16, 2003

If you're looking at a non-free product and you're dualhead, be sure to download it and try it first - I've found that quite a few image capture programs have "issues" with dualhead displays (from "can't capture on second screen" to "can't capture at all")

Philo

Philo
Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Ultrasnap is my personal favorite.

http://www.mediachance.com/ultrasnap/index.html

Anonymous
Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Your post isn't clear as to whether the screen capture is static or dynamic; if it is the former, let me suggest using the captured screen in combination with Astound Presentation (lastest version: 8). 

Astound is great because you can layer media such as graphics, sound, video (or your screen capture), then add arrows, voiceover, transitions, etc. with an actual timeline. The real advantage, however, is that this all can be exported as dynamic HTML so that you get an animated display that is quite professional.

Astound may be hard to find, but I think you can get it at http://www.astound.com.  It was selling for about $250 but may be available for less these days if you get it elsewhere (they're no longer in the software business).

jdm
Tuesday, September 16, 2003

alt+prtScreen does wonders for me.

what software are you creating the document in. Word and Powerpoint allow layering of images (arrows and text boxes galore). Plus, you can group different bits of the image.

why complicate things?

Tapiwa
Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Ctrl+PrintScreen and PhotoShop works OK for me.  Some other folks at work use SnagIt and are happy with it.

For the *NIX world, xv or ImageMagick.

anon
Tuesday, September 16, 2003

I have found IrfanView to be great (free as in beer, I think) for screen captures. If you want to add some annotations, any paint program will do this.

Spam
Wednesday, September 17, 2003

I've never tried TNT Screen Capture, but I've heard it recommended by others:

http://www.ec-software.com/tnt.htm

J. D. Trollinger
Wednesday, September 17, 2003

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