January 10, 2017

Chrome Screen Capture Tools

Firefox has a built-in screenshot tool, and while Google didn't include one, there are many plugins that get the job done.

Why Use a Web Brower Tool?

One of the key advantages of a web browser screen capture tool is the ability to capture the entire page. Not all OS screen capture tools have that ability.

Over the years, I have used a couple if tools:

  • Awesome Screenshot
  • Full Page Screen Capture

The good news is that both of these are free. You can figure out which one works the best for your needs. You can download both of these from the Chrome store.

Full Page Capture2

Full Page Screen Capture

When I need to quickly capture the full page that I am viewing, I find it easier to use Full Page Screen Capture. There's no fancy tools here, just a full page capture. I just click, view a preview and then save it to the desktop.

The nice thing is that it saves previous captures and I could look back at the history of my screen captures.

Awesome Screenshot

Awesome Screenshot is a great screen capture tool to capture any area of the screen and then add all sorts of annotation tools.

Key Features:

  • Permanently store and organize your images by project
  • Get point specific feedback on your screenshots and designs
  • Share and collaborate with friends and colleagues

One thing that I like about Awesome Screenshot vs other tools is that you can use keyboard shortcuts. Note: Awesome Screenshot does take up 172 MB of memory. So if Chrome appears to be running slow, you may want to disable that extension.

Two Tools?

Do you need both tools? Probably not, Awesome Screenshot is probably good enough for most uses. But if you just want to do a quick full-screen capture every once in a while, then Full Page Screen Capture is good. It doesn't hurt to install Full Page Screen Capture as it doesn't have any memory overhead!

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