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Snaplr: Capture and Edit Screenshots with an Ease

With the rise in blogging platforms the need of screenshot taking applications is also increasing, if you writing a blog about how to configure Windows 7 display and you haven’t included the screenshots for each step then that blog is of no use. So I will be reviewing a very useful miniscule application that is solely designed for taking screenshots.

What is Snaplr?

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Basically it is a miniscule application that allows users to quickly capture a selected area on their computer screens. Snaplr is developed on Adobe Air and unlike the other screenshot capturing tools available that offer a very complex setting up procedure, Snaplr provide a simple yet useful options set.

The application has a single mode that enables users to instantly select the screen area they want to capture. Though post-screenshot features like editing and customizing are a bit limited on Snaplr but as far as taking screenshots is considered this tool is a gem. It also provide options to draw rectangle and circles of defined color over any image to point out a certain area. You can also annotate certain parts of a screenshot with arrow, text and pencil tool.

How to Use it?

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To start off, hit the Take Screenshot button and select the area you want to capture. The moment you leave the mouse button the area will be captured and will be send for editing. Applications Editing tool will enable you to add shapes and texts on a screenshot. Just besides the Take Screenshot button there is a color picker that will help you to mark any defined area with a color of your choice.

Snaplr supports PNG Format and till now the developers has only released the Windows version but Linux and Mac versions will be available soon.

How-to Take Screenshots on Symbian Anna

Nokia official announced their slightly modified operating system, Symbian Anna, with the release of Nokia E6 and Nokia X7. They’ve got a lot of operating systems under their sleeve, and all of them have different applications to capture screenshots.

Taking screenshots of a mobile device comes in really handy when you’ve got to share something with your friends or just write a review on a certain application. Unlike iPhone and Android, Nokia doesn’t have any dedicated shortcuts for taking screenshots. To take screenshots on your Nokia Symbian Anna device, you’ll need to download an application and here I’ll be telling you about the two best screenshot applications for your Symbian Anna device.

This will also work with devices running on Symbian^3, since they’ll be soon getting the Symbian Anna update as well.

Best Screen Snap

A very easy to use and lightweight screen capture tool that lets you assign certain keys to take screenshots. As you can see above, I used to Dictaphone button on the Nokia E6 to take screenshots. You can change the image size and also the location to where the images will be saved. Hide the application and use the assigned key to take screenshots of whatever it is that you want to. Best Screen Snap is available for free on Ovi Store. This application is also compatible with previous versions of Symbian operating system.

Download Best Screen Snap.

ScreenCapture

Another easy to use screen capturing application for devices running on Symbian^3 and Symbian Anna. Unfortunately, it doesn’t provide any options to choose a custom button to take screenshots. To use this app, you’ll have to launch it and press the Camera button to take screenshots. You can however, change the image type and the location. Unfortunately, there is not camera button in Nokia E6, hence it cannot be used. It’s available for free on the Ovi Store.

Download ScreenCapture.

Those are the two most used and really good screenshot taking applications for Nokia Symbian Anna or Symbian^3 devices. If you have a Nokia phone running on one of those OS and are in need of a screen capture app then look no more.

How to take screenshots of your Android device [Tutorial]

Being a blogger, I frequently write reviews about different websites, softwares, mobile applications etc. To make my posts more attractive and interesting, I always make sure that I include the screenshots of the app or website I am reviewing. Taking screenshots on a computer is very easy, as there are hundreds of tools available that enable you to do so. But, how do you take screenshots on an Android phone?

Well, I had to do a lot of Googling before actually finding a solution to this. Basically, there are 2 ways to take screenshots on your Android phone. The first method is a little tricky and involves the use of Android SDK to capture the screen. The second method involves installing apps on your phone to capture your screen. In this post, I will explain both the methods of taking screenshots on your Android phone.

Method 1 : Using the Android SDK

The Android SDK is basically a software development kit which enables developers to create applications for the Android platform. The kit contains a utility called Dalvik Debug Monitor. This is the software we will be using to take the screenshots.

Step 1 : Installing the SDK and other necessary files

Before you install the Android SDK you need to make sure that you have the Java Development Kit installed. If not, you can download it from here. Scroll down to the Java SE Development Kit bundles and download the “JDK x Update xx with Java EE”. Install the SDK and it’s various libraries, including the Android tools.

Once you have installed the Java Development Kit, head over to the Android Developers website and download the Android SDK. The SDK is available on Windows, Mac as well as Linux. If you are using Windows, it is better to download the installer rather than the zip file as it provides an easy way to install the Android SDK. In case you have downloaded the compressed file, just extract it’s contents into a folder.

Now, for the purpose of taking screenshots, these steps should be enough. But, those who want to develop applications for Android, can check out this comprehensive tutorial on how to install the Android SDK.

Step 2 : Getting your device ready

The SDK can communicate with your device, only when USB debugging is enabled on your device. To do this, just head to Settings->Applications->Development on your Android device and tick the “USB Debugging” option. You can also tick the “Stay Awake” option to prevent your device from going offline when plugged in.

Once you have enabled USB Debugging on your device, just connect your device to the computer. Your Android device is now ready to communicate with the SDK.

Step 3 : Launching the Dalvik Debug Monitor

To open the Dalvik Debug Monitor Service, just navigate to the folder where you have stored the SDK and go to tools->ddms. The Dalvik Debug Monitor window opens.

Here, in the left pane you will see the list of all connected devices. Just double-click on your device. Also make sure that your device is “online”.

Step 4 : Taking Screenshots

If you have followed the above steps correctly, your device should now be ready to take screenshots. To capture the screen of your device, just go to Device->Screen Capture or press Ctrl+S. The Device Screen Capture window opens with a screenshot of your device screen. This image is a static image, and hence you will need to hit the “Refresh” button in order to update the captured image.

If you want to change the orientation of the screen, just hit the “Rotate” button. You can save the screenshots as a PNG file or even copy the image to clipboard.

That’s it! You can now take screenshots of your device any time you want. Well, if you find this method a bit tricky you can always opt for the second method which is relatively easier.

Method 2 : Using third-party Android applications

Those who don’t prefer using the SDK for the purpose of taking screenshots, can use third party applications to do so. If you search for the term “sreenshots” in the Android Market, you will find that there are various apps available that let you take screenshots of your device. But the problem is most of them require you to root your Android phone. There are quite a few apps which lets you take screenshots without rooting. Below, you can find simple steps on how to root your Android device as well as a list of Android apps that lets you take screenshots.

Taking screenshots by rooting your device

Rooting is a process of modifying your phone to gain complete control over it. There are various methods to root your Android device. A very simple method is by using an app called Universal Androot to root your device. Using this app is very easy and you can root your Android phone with just one-click.

In case Universal Androot doesn’t work for your device, you can try the methods posted here.

Once you have rooted your phone, you can use any of the apps listed below to take screenshots of your Android device.

1. Screenshot It – Screenshot It is a simple app that lets you take screenshots of your phone’s screen and save it as a jpg or png file. It lets you take screenshots by setting a timer or by even shaking your phone. In addition to this, it also enables you to crop the screenshots and choose a custom directory for your screenshots. However, this is a paid app and will cost you $3.99.

2. ShootMe – ShootMe is a free app to take screenshots of your device. You can shake your device, shout or even use the light sensor to take the screenshot.

3. PicMe – Compared to the above apps, PicMe lets you control as well as take screenshots of your device from a remote browser. All you have to do is fire up the app and go to http://your_phone_ip_address:8082 to control your device and also take screenshots. This app too is available for free in the Android Market.

Taking screenshots without rooting your device

There are various reasons why people do not root their Android device. Well, in that case you can use the app below for taking screenshots.

No Root Screenshot ItNo Root Screenshot It is a paid app that lets you take screenshots of your phone without rooting. It is similar to the app Screenshot It, both in looks as well as features, since it was developed by the same person. You can download this app from the Android Market at $4.99.

Well, these are the different ways I could find to take screenshots on Android. If you are experiencing any problems with the above listed methods or happen to know any other method to take screenshots on Android, tell us about it via the comments section.

Useful iPhone Tips and Tricks

iPhone is now one of the most used smart phone till the date and iOS is a feature rich smartphone. Specially, iOS brought many features which will change the way we use our phone. People who have already bought an iPhone 4S, know the power of Siri. Here we are going to talk about bestiPhone Tips and Tricks . These iPhone Tips and Tricks will help you to use your iPhone more efficiently and in better way.

Handy list of iPhone Tips and Tricks

These iPhone tips and tricks will work with almost all the model of iPhone.

How to take Screenshot on iPhone

People who are coming from symbian family of phones, they always relied upon 3rd party software to take screenshots of your mobile screen. iPhone has an inbuilt feature which will let you take the screenshot using a simple iPhone tip.
To take a screen shot on your apple iPhone, Press the home button and press the sleep/wake button on the top of the iPhone, the screen will flash within seconds and your screen shot is captured and saved to your camera roll.

iPhone screenshot tip
iPhone Screenshot tip

Domain suffix in Safari

You can easily type any domain name that is ending with “.com” by just typing the domain name like “CallingAllGeeks” instead of https://www.callingallgeeks.org it will automatically enter “www” and “.com” extension to the name. This will make your task smoother and easier. This will work only in case if you have “.com” domain if you want to enter  “.in” , “.org”, “.net” then what you can do is   press and hold down the “.com” key until the other extensions appears with options  “.edu”, “.net” , now you can swipe your finger to select the one you want to enter.

Domain Suffix
Domain Suffix

iPhone tips & tricks: Save images from Safari

This is a feature that lots of users have been waiting for, when surfing through net we came across pictures that we want to save. To save any image you have to just tap and hold on image a menu will pop up asking save image or cancel. This way you can save images easily to your camera roll.

Save Images
Save Images

Add new words to iPhone dictionary

iPhone learn new words each time you type them in, it will save those words that you used repeatedly in your text, chats or messages. Each time you enter a word in your iPhone automatically correct it to some other word, what you can do is open your safari browser, and then typed in that word in Google search bar for that particular word then that word will be added in the iPhone dictionary.

Adding word to Dictionary
Adding word to Dictionary

Maximize iPhone Battery Life

Battery life is one of most important feature of any phone. A phone without a good battery life is considered as a dummy set even that phone has hundreds of cool features. There are many ways you can save your battery life or increase it, switch off those unwanted app running in background, switch off Wi- Fi when not in use. You can also use battery doctor pro app which will help you out to check your battery life and manage all the things while you are charging your iPhone.

Maximize power of iPhone
Maximize power of iPhone

You might like to check out How to increase iPhone battery life.

 

To force quit an application

To forcibly quit an unresponsive app, all you have to do is press the sleep/wake button for some time, then slide to power off screen after that press and hold the home button for 5 seconds  It will help you out in getting some free memory and resources that are not in use. Usually when we play games and then shut down them accidentally the state of the game will be saved somewhere in memory. Quitting an application will help you free out memory and free some resources for other usage.

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Force Applications to Quit

Hide SMS preview

You can also hide SMS on the screen each time you receive any new messages you can hide preview of any incoming SMS. To activate this feature go to setting> messages> and turn off show preview option. This time it will only show the sender name and type of message not the content. Now the privacy is in your hands.

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SMS Privacy

I hope you have enjoyed these tips for iPhone and you have any other iPhone tips and tricks with you, do share it with us.

How to Take Screenshot in Samsung Galaxy tab

We just received Samsung Galaxy tab in our headquarter for the review and we have been playing with it since then. So far my experience with galaxy tab is very pleasant and will com up with my review soon. Though before that I will keep sharing some tips and tricks for Galaxy tab users and in this quick tip, I will be sharing how you can take screenshot using Samsung galaxy tab.

Like iPhone, you don’t need a software to take screenshot, simply hold the back button and press the power button once. This will take the screenshot of current screen and image will be saved under Gallery > Screen capture.

Here is one screenshot which I have taken using Samsung galaxy tab:

Samsung-galaxytab-screenshot

Oh yes, you will get a prompt saying “Screen captured, saved as image file”. This a quick tip for all who are using Galaxy tab and want to take screenshot of their tab screen to share with friends or for reviews.

If you have any tip which you would like to share for Samsung galaxy tab, drop us an Email at [email protected].

How to Take Screenshots in Mac OS X

Mac OS X has this great ability of working right out of the box. This tutorial will show you how to take screenshots of the whole screen or a part using in built keyboard shortcuts in your Mac. Absolutely no need to download additional tools.

Unlike Windows, there is no Printscreen on Mac Keyboards. Another advantage is that by default the screen shot is saved in a file and not just copied to clipboard like Windows. These things really make Mac win. You should also read why else I prefer Mac over Windows.

If you take a lot of screenshots you should also like Desktop Curtain for Mac, which will provide a clean clutter free background picture or single colour. No need to hide desktop icons while taking screenshots.

This tutorial works for all Macs be it the Macbook Pro or the iMac.

Taking Screenshots on Mac:

Whenever you need to capture an image of the screen use the following two keyboard shortcuts:

Command-Shift-3: Pressing these three buttons will capture the whole screen.

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Command-Shift-4: This will show a crosshair on your screen, which you can drag to capture any specific part of the screen.

Press Space after pressing Command-Shift-4 to turn crosshair into a camera, which you can use to capture a specific window, menu, dock etc.

Take Screenshots in Mac

Screenshots Save Location & File Name:

By default the screenshots will be saved on your desktop in .PNG format. The time and date of screen capture is included since Snow Leopard. You can see the file naming structure in the following screenshot.

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Copying Screenshot to Clipboard:

If you want to directly copy screenshot to clipboard and not save it in a file you can press Control key additionally while using any of the two shortcuts above.

Read more about taking screenshots on Mac here:

Review: Desktop Curtain for Mac

Whether you are a blogger or a developer or a teacher, if you do take a lot of screenshots on your Mac you will really like this small tool called Desktop Curtain which will provide a clean clutter free background for your screenshots. Why take the trouble of moving all your desktop icons away when you have Desktop Curtain. App review after the break.

Continue reading Review: Desktop Curtain for Mac

Screenpresso : Application that records Screencasts

Because I often write reviews for software and websites, I need to take screenshots as reference images to explain my point. While I have been blogging, I have come across various screenshot applications that offer a unique set of features. For a long time I had not discovered an impressive screenshot application. But then I found Screenpresso.

Screenpresso

Screenpresso is an amazing screenshot application for Windows that lets you capture screenshots and record screencasts. After its installation, it runs in the background with its icon visible in the System Tray. When you press the “Print Screen” button on the keyboard, a cursor shows up through which you can capture an area of your screen. Also displayed are the pixel dimensions of the area and a magnified view of the point your cursor is over.

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When you take capture an image the Screenpresso window pops up with that displays a list of the screenshots you took. After selecting an image in this window you can edit it in a picture editing program of your choice and save it as some other file, or share it one of many online social networks.

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Screenpresso’s options let you control the image quality, image format, and add effects on the screenshots you take. The program also serves as an excellent screencast tool through which you can record the entire screen or only a portion of it. The screencast can be saved as a separate file and viewed in Screenpresso’s own player or a media player of your choice.

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Normally I had to use two separate programs for screenshots and screencasts, but this 2-in-1 solution has certainly simplified things. I am sure you will find Screenpresso as helpful as I did.

You can get the program from http://screenpresso.com/

5 Excellent Softwares to Take Screenshots in Windows

Taking screenshots in Microsoft Windows has traditionally been done by hitting the Print Screen key present on the keyboard and then pasting the screenshot in any picture editor (usually Microsoft Paint) from the clipboard. This simple way of taking features lacks the functionality and the details often required by screenshots e.g. when it is needed to capture a specific part of the screen area in the screenshot or show a particular dialog box etc. Fortunately softwares now exist which provide advanced features for taking and managing screenshots. Today we’ll be listing five great free softwares which you can use to take and manage screenshots easily.

1. Snagit

Probably the best screenshot taking and management software since it combines a fully featured photo editor along with its screen capture tool. Snagit captures parts of screens, dialog boxes, zooms in to different areas of the screen and automatically saves the screenshots captured. Its picture editor can be used to modify and enhance any type of screenshot easily.

snagit

2. Screen Capture

Another great yet simple to use screen capture tool, Screen Capture has a simple User Interface (UI) which can be used to take, manage and save screenshots of all sorts using just a single window app. It also has some advanced features such as selecting custom area of the screen for capturing and some great screenshot editing options as well.

ScreenCapture

3. Screen hunter

One of the simplest software to use to take scree captures. Screen captures can be done by simply pressing F6 key and several advanced options such as making the mouse pointer disappear from the screenshot, specific area of screen capture etc. can be setup.

ScreenHunter

4. MW Snap

Another great screen capture tool which has the option to zoom in certain part of the screen and then take a screenshot.

MWSnap

5. Gadwin

Very similar in User Interface (UI) to Microsoft Office products, Gadwin can be easily used by anyone to take and manage screenshots easily. It also supports adding comment boxes to captured screens and add arrows etc. as well.

gadwin

Do let us know if you know more free or paid softwares to take screenshot.

Top 5 Free Tools to Take Screenshot Online

As a blogger or even as a normal internet users, there are times when I need to take screenshots. There are many sites to take screenshot online and here I’m going to list down some of the free websites available. Though, I prefer software’s like Snag it, Windows Sniping tool (Windows 7) for screenshot capture, but these online tools are very handy at times.
Take Srceenshot Online

Whenever you want to share any useful tool or software in tech blog, it is always recommended to add images to that post so that readers can easily understand the software and its utilities. But if you don’t like to download softwares to take screenshots then you can use few web applications which are free to use.

5 Web application to Take screenshots online:

Bounce:

Bounce helps you to take screenshot of any website and also allows you to add comment with the screenshot to make it a perfect screenshot to share with your friends on Twitter, Facebook or email. To take a screenshot, you just need to enter the URL of the blog to take the screenshot. The best part you don’t have to register on Bounce.

Bounce

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Websnapr:

For using Websnapr you need to do a quick registration and need to enter website URL. It gives you option to select the size of screenshot you require. This online screenshot service is free but if you want options to customize the screenshots then you can go for premium account.

Websnapr

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Snapcasa:

Snapcasa also provide free and premium services. Free service includes good features like selecting screenshot size, adding watermark and many more. So, even if you choose to go for free service you will get all basic features.

Snapcasa

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Thumbalizr:

Thumbalizr lets you to take screenshot by entering URL and clicking Thumb-it button. It gives you option to select the size of screenshot which you can enter manually also. The qualities of images are good with Thumbalizr.

Thumbalizr

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Super Screenshot:

Super Screenshot is again an easy to use web app without any clutter. You just need to enter URL and there is no need to register before taking screenshot of any website. You can select between taking snap of full website or just the visible area.

Super Screenshot

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With these tools you can easily take screenshots of any website and share with your friends on social networking websites or use it on your blog.

If you are aware of any other alternatives to take screenshots online, do share with us.