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Top 5 Screen Capture Applications for Windows

written by: Arnold Zafra•edited by: Lamar Stonecypher•updated: 8/28/2009

Screen capture software for Windows has evolved through the years. What was once a simple "PrtScn" application has become rich in features offering users various innovative ways to capture their PC screens. Here are five of the top screen capture applications offered today.

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    Quick Screen Capture

    Quick Screen Capture is a powerful screen capture and image editing application that allows you to take screenshots from any part of the PC screen and save the screen capture in BMP/JPG/GIF formats. Other features of QCS are support for capturing an exact area, hotkey activation and user-defined hotkeys, automatically saving captured images, or automatically copying images to the clipboard. Quick Screen Capture runs in the system tray area. The most notable feature of QCS is that it lets users annotate their screenshots by drawing shapes, arrows, text, filling color, cropping, resizing and more. ($25)

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    Basically SnagIt lets you do four things - capture anything that you see on the screen, edit your capture, combine multiple screen captures into one image, and share the capture with other applications. The software offers various ways by which users can capture what they want on their PC screen. It may be a region, text from a window, contents of a scrolling page, and more. The most notable feature of SnagIt is its one-click button sharing which lets users send the screen capture through email, AIM, or Skype. For social networking fans, SnagIt also offers direct sharing to various major social networking sites. ($49.95)

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    Being the most expensive Screen Capture software in our list, Fullshot makes up for its hefty price with the slew of useful features that it offers to users. It includes an easy-to-use interface with great quality screen capture results which users can attach to professionally written manuals, training handouts, business presentations, marketing materials, and web pages. It also features hot keys, snapshot buttons, annotation, and several screen capture modes. ($49.99)

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    HyperSnap DX

    Combining an easy-to-use tool with advanced image editing utility, HyperSnap DX offers up a fast and easy way of taking screen captures from the Windows screen. It also allows text capture where system text copy is impossible to do. It runs on Windows Vista, both 32-bit and 64-bit releases, XP, 2000, NT4, ME and windows 98. HyperSnap DX version 6 moves up a notch on the competition by enabling the capture of tab-delimited data which can be easily pasted into an Excel Spreadsheet. ($35)

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    Offering both a free and paid PRO version. ScreenHunter is a useful screen capture application that lets users capture a rectangular area on the screen, an object/window, auto-scroll in an application window, multiple objects, text, the active window, a user-defined window, full screen, a DOS program, DirectX/Screen saver, movie/video, and freehand. ($29.95 PRO)