Geek Stuff That Rocks - Greenshot
Continuing my series of posts about geek stuff I like… I wanted to mention Greenshot, a free and open-source windows utility for grabbing screenshots.
At first, I’m sure it sounds unnecessary. After all, Windows already offers a native screenshot feature… right? Well, yeah… sorta. You’d probably be surprised how much a well-managed utility like Greenshot can help though. That’s especially true in a career like mine where screenshots are needed for everything from customer training to documentation and case notes.
So why do I like it?
- It’s free. As in “completely free with no catches”. No adware, installer crap, or other gotchas. Furthermore, the developers seem pretty committed to keeping it clean.
- It comes with it’s own image editor. Very handy for things like highlighting text, adding style effects, etc.
- It is highly customizable. I’ve been pretty happy with the default settings but for those of you who want to tweak it to suit your EXACT preferences, there’s a lot of options.
- It’s reasonably efficient on resources. While it’s running idle, it takes up about 20 MB of RAM. Perhaps not a “lightweight” but still pretty damn efficient.
So there you have it. A free alternative option to snagit. I’m digging it. You should give it a try.