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5 Excellent Tools To Take Screenshots in Windows

Written by Harry

 

While writing reviews of websites and software, I often have to use images to reference what I am talking about and to help me better explain things. A simple screenshot of an arrow pointing to a tiny button saves me the trouble of writing a detailed explanation of where the button is located.

Having realized the importance of them, I had started using screenshots early on. Back then, I used to press the PRINT SCREEN key and then paste the image in Paint. Then I extracted the portion of the image I required and used that in my reviews. Today, that procedure is ancient. With numerous competent screenshot applications to choose from, I no longer need to go through the inconvenient Paint route.

In case you are looking for an effective screenshot app that saves your time and serves its purpose, find below the top 5 tools in this category.

1. Greenshot

Greenshot is my favorite screenshot application. Compatible with Windows, the download file is sized at nearly 600KB. After installation, the app offers 3 separate hotkey shortcuts for capturing the entire screen, a particular open window, or a particular section of the screen. You can choose whether to simply copy the image to clipboard, save it in a specific folder, and the format in which it will be saved. The app can also send your screenshots directly to your default image editor or printer. With all these features and the absence of a price tag, Greenshot is an excellent screenshot-taking tool.

2. PicPick

PicPick is a slightly more advanced tool than Greenshot. The image capturing tool within PicPick lets you capture the entire screen, a specific region, an active window, a scrolling window, and freehand capture. The app also includes a built-in image editor that helps you insert those referencing arrows and lines. Protractors and pixel rulers, both built into the app, will help graphic designers better understand the designs of others and use them. The crosshair is another tool graphics designers will find helpful. The app is free for personal use but costs $29.99 for 1 license of commercial use.

3. Gadwin PrintScreen

For people looking for a user-friendly screen capturing tool that has an interface easy on the eyes, Gadwin will be the perfect one. Although it only offers standard options to capture the entire screen or a rectangular region, and the option to save the files, it does serve the basic screen capturing purpose. Gadwin Printscreen offers free 1 month trial period in which users can test the program and if they like it, they can purchase the personal license for $24.99.

4. Jing

Jing helps you take not only screenshots but record screencasts as well. Offering a variety of other features such letting you get video feed from your webcam and showing you pixel dimensions of your images, Jing is a highly competent screenshot plus screencast tool. The app comes in different versions for Mac and Windows. You can get its trial for free but the Pro version costs US$14.95 per year.

5. SnagIt

SnagIt is a very special image capturing tool and my personal favourite among all the ones listed here. In addition to the features stated in the above mentioned programs, this app lets you capture entire webpages. It automatically scrolls down them and captures it all! With your screenshots taken they are sent to the app’s built-in image editor for you to add arrows, annotations and many image effects. Snagit offers a free trial and can be purchased for US$49.95.

Which tool do you use to take screenshots in Windows? Please share with us using the comments section below.

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Choose a Web Browser That Satisfies Your Needs

Written by Tiffany Halstead

 

For those who have just started surfing the internet, the number of web browsers can be overwhelming. Which one is the best of all? Which one will give the information that you need fastest? Which web browser is more user-friendly? Which is the most secure web browser? With which browser you can keep your data and identity absolutely safe and secure.

Web Browser is the application software that is used for the purpose of retrieving, presenting and traversing the information from the internet. Browsers are intended to access the World Wide Web. The major web browsers include the following:

1. windows Internet Explorer
2. Mozilla Firefox
3. Google Chrome
4. Apple Safari
5. Opera

Internet Explorer

This is the browser that everyone knows about. If you have ever worked with Windows you must be familiar with it. It is one of the first graphical based web browser. The time it was released, it was dominant in use with over ninety percent. It has held the title of most popular browser in use. Like modern web browsers, Internet Explorer supports Java, JavaScript and Ajax. It has features like phishing and built-in-malware protection, tabbed browsing and private browsing. The latest official release is Internet Explorer (IE) 8 and IE 9 is currently in development.

Mozilla Firefox

It is a browser that is considered as the best alternative which can be easily customized. It is free and open source. It is the second most widely used web browser with 30% worldwide usage. Its latest features include tabbed browsing, spell checking, live bookmarking and private browsing.

Google Chrome

It was developed by Google Inc. that combines minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web easier, faster and safer. It offers features like access to favorite pages that too instantly with thumbnails, desktop shortcuts to launch web applications and independently run tabs within browser to prevent browser crashing. It is available for Windows Vista and Windows XP SP2.

Apple Safari

This is used for Macintosh, Windows operating system as well as iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It has been designed keeping a premise In the mind that the most useful browser is one lets you simply enjoy the web. It is responsible for functions like displaying graphics, rendering fonts, running JavaScript and determining page layout. Currently it occupies fourth position in the browser market and ranks after Internet Explorer, Mozilla and Google Chrome. Its main aim is to increase stability and security of the operating system.

Opera

Opera has been boasted as being the speediest and most standard compliant of the current browser in use. It has come up with some innovative and creative ways to let people surf net faster and easier. It supports 128 bit encryption, HTML and JavaScript. It is available for use with Mac OS, Windows and Linux. Its one of the most important and interesting features is speed-dial feature. Once you add a speed dial to a website, you simply type in the number of that website to access faster.

The latest version of the above mentioned five major browser applications have gone through six performance indicators which are JavaScript speed, average CPU usage under stress, DOM selection, CSS rendering speed, page load time and browser cache performance. Each of these was tested three times under an unprimed cache and their average value was reported in the result.

How can you increase the speed of your web browser?
· Profile your web pages to find culprits.
· Save images in a right format to reduce their size effectively.
· Minimize your CSS and JavaScript documents to save a few bytes.
· Combine CSS and JavaScript files to reduce the HTTP request.
· Use CSS to reduce the HTTP request.
· Use server side compression to reduce file size.
· Avoid JavaScript and inline.
· Offload site assets
· Monitor web server performance and create benchmark regularly and accordingly.

If you face any kind of trouble with your web browser you can take help from online tech support providers. The experts can guide you to troubleshoot any kind of errors occurring while surfing the internet. It so happens that while surfing the net, users come up a number of issues related to their web browsers. Also mostly users are well aware of which web browser they should choose for enjoying the work on internet.

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Which antivirus protection is the best?

Written by Jared L

 

There are a currently plenty of anti virus protection on the market for you to choose. The leaders are pretty obvious and they are MacAfee and Norton but they may not definitely be the best anti virus protection available. The needs of individuals and corporations vary and different software can meet the needs of different folks. You need to do a self-assessment before you can really decide on the best option for yourself.

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