The Best Snipping Tools in 2019 (+6 Useful Benefits)

Brynne Ramella
Brynne Ramella  |  August 22, 2018

Screenshots have many uses in the workplace. 

At G2 Crowd, for example, we use screenshots to notify our support team of website issues, further explain a process to a team member or share a viral cat meme.

There are multiple ways to take a screenshot, such as screen capture softwareThe keyboard shortcut for how to take a screenshot on a Mac is Command+Shift+4 does the trick. PC users can stick to the preinstalled snipping tool.

Sometimes, though, that isn’t enough to get the job done.

Snipping tools help users enhance the work started by a Mac shortcut or PC app. In addition to screenshotting functionality, snipping tools come equipped with editing tools that enable users to take a screenshot to the next level. The following features should be found in most snipping tools.


Benefits of a Snipping Tool

Here are a few of the best benefits of using a snipping tool.

Annotate images

Users can add notes to ensure the message their screenshot needs to convey is as clear as possible. Typical functionality within snipping tools includes markup features, which facilitates better communication and collaboration with colleagues via lines, arrows, text and more.

Some snipping tools may even provide the ability to blur out sensitive content in screenshots, in case information needs to be shared externally.

Image library

Instead of saving screenshots on your desktop or within different folders, snipping tools should have a library in which to store screenshots. Users should be able to arrange screenshots and sort them by any order in these libraries.

Create GIFs

Believe it or not, but GIFs actually have a place in business. Their ability to create a looping video provides a way to absorb information more quickly. Instead of a single static image, a GIF can turn a screenshot into a clearer set of instructions.

Scrolling screenshot 

Depending on the size of the user's screen, a screenshot may not be able to capture an entire window — especially if you need to scroll to capture the entire window. Some snipping tools include ability to screenshot a scrolling screen; scrolls can be captured vertically or horizontally.

Image editing 

All snipping tools should provide the ability to enhance image quality, as well as resize, crop and rotate the screenshot as you need. These products should also allow you to sharpen, brighten and adjust the color of the image.

Record video

Many snipping tools go one step further and enable users to create a video of their screen. With snipping tools, users have the ability to record a screen, resize the frames and export the files. This is a great way to train employees step-by-step on a new process or system.  

Now that I’ve shared the benefits of using a snipping tool versus built-in shortcuts, take a look at a small selection of tools you can use to create screenshots for your business.


Snipping Tools

Here are four of the snipping tools with the highest-rated user reviews on G2 Crowd.

Snagit

G2 Crowd star rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars 

SnagIt-snipping-toolImage courtesy of Snagit

Overview: Snagit allows users to screenshot anything from a small region, to a window, to your entire screen. Simply edit your screenshot with a few clicks. Snagit also produces a short URL so that you may share your screenshot with colleagues.

Pricing Options:

  • Single personal license: $49.95
  • Single business license: $49.95, with a discount for bulk business license purchasing
  • Single education license: $29.95
  • Single government and non-profit license: $42.95

Greenshot

G2 Crowd star rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars

Greenshot-snipping-toolImage courtesy of Greenshot

Overview: Greenshot is an open-source snipping tool. It is optimized for business place productivity. This product is intended for Windows.

Pricing options: This snipping tool is completely free of charge for Windows users. There is a $1.99 app available on the Mac app store. 


FastStone Capture

G2 Crowd star rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

FastStone-Capture-snipping-toolImage courtesy of FastStone Editor

Overview: FastStone Capture is a lightweight, powerful and fully featured snipping tool with screen recording abilities. Capture and annotate windows, objects, menus, specific regions and more on your screen.

Pricing options:

  • Lifetime license for FastStone Image Viewer: $34.95
  • Lifetime license for FastStone Capture: $19.95
  • Lifetime family license for FastStone Capture: $49.95
  • Lifetime license for FastStone MaxView: $19.95
  • Lifetime license for FastStone Photo Resizer: $19.95

TinyTake

G2 Crowd star rating: N/A

TinyTake-snipping-tool

Overview: This snipping tool is compatible with both Windows and Mac. Take screenshots, add comments and share within minutes of using this product. This solution is best suited to those in customer support or users making educational videos.

Pricing options: TinyTake is a completely free snipping tool.


Next steps for selecting your snipping tool

Decide which features are important to you in a product and then consider more user reviews. Since G2 Crowd does not have a category specific to snipping tools, you can find more solutions in our roundup of the best free screen capture software of 2018.

*User reviews may have been edited for grammar and spelling

*Data as of June 29, 2018

 

Brynne Ramella
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Brynne Ramella

Brynne is the Buyer Inquiry Team Lead at G2 Crowd. In addition to writing, she leads the research specialists in providing personalized software and services recommendations to buyers. She wishes she had interesting hobbies to include in this bio.