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Coming across a good free screenshot application is a rarity these days. I used to be a big fan of FastStone Capture, but once they went from free to paid it felt like my money would be better spent on SnagIt (in the event I decided to purchase an app). The free Windows program PicPick, however, is a pretty sweet mix of screenshot and web developer utilities all rolled up into a single no-install-needed package.

What’s nice is that the image editor that accompanies the app is actually really nice, and when it comes down to a program like this it’s the editor that will make it or break it. It’s similar to Microsoft Paint in Windows 7 in terms of the interface, but it adds a little bit on top of it (yep, tabs is one of the bonus features). As you can see in the screenshot the app resembles Office 2010 with the ribbon design which may or may not be something you’re fond of. You can also apply affects (like blurring) to either the entire screenshot or just a portion of it, and then spruce up the final result with a drop shadow or other colorful border.

picpick menu.pngThere are a few other free screenshot programs out there that have more features, but none assemble them in such a fluid and easy to navigate interface. And I can’t forget to mention the fact that this does more than just take screenshots:

  • Captures
    • Full Screen (Support for Dual Monitors)
    • Active Window
    • Window Control (Scroll a page automatically)
    • Region, Fixed Region
    • FreeHand
    • Repeat Last Capture
  • Image Editor
    • It’s very similar to Microsoft Paint, but you can do more.
    • It provides an effect like selection opacity, blur, sharpen, brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, flip, rotate and etc.
  • Color Picker
  • Color Palette
  • Magnifier
  • Pixel Ruler
  • Protractor
  • Crosshair
  • Whiteboard

Give PicPick a whirl if you’ve been looking for a better screenshot utility that doesn’t make you open your wallet.

PicPick Homepage [Windows only; freeware]
via Digital Inspiration