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There are so many different screen capture utilities available, but we still try to write about all of our favorites. When we do cover them we try to point out what makes them unique versus their competitors, and in the case of Capture .NET I’d say it’s because it tries to be an all around useful app for developers.

As you can see from the screenshot above one of the shining points of this app is the built-in screenshot tool and editor. It’s not the most extravagant thing, but on Vista/Windows 7 it does a great job of capturing the Aero glass. By that I mean it will provide a clean transparent border regardless of what was behind the window when snapping the screenshot, and it even does a nice job getting rounded corners.

I’ll admit that I was rather surprised to see that their free version handles all of the common screenshot capturing scenarios plus some: window, object, scrolling, region, freehand, fixed size, and full screen. If you capture screenshots of websites frequently you may also like the fact that it can automatically grab an entire page based on a URL or an already-open tab in Internet Explorer.

Remember, Capture .NET isn’t just for screenshots. It’s important to note this because the first time you run the program you’ll be presented with this window:

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This is the “universal” interface they provide for integrating all the features in Capture.NET. That includes a color picker, post-it notes, clock, calendar, reminders, and more. Keep in mind that you can completely hide this window if you want, and just operate it through the System Tray or by keyboard shortcuts:

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Did I mention this app is kinda portable? After downloading it all you’ll have to do is run the executable, but it will write the settings to your user profile directory on your machine. So your settings won’t automatically be carried over between machines.

Capture .NET Homepage (Windows only; Freeware – paid version available with more features)