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FastStone Capture Reviews

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One of my favorites application.
Also run in Linux via Wine like a charm.

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The feature that capture window while scrolling down works perfect. It was buggy a few years ago. And latest update really improve this function. It gets the job done. Nothing matters more when a tool can get the job done while others cannot. Great job team!

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Simple, fully featured. Regularly updated.

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Best screencaper app (and that's the tip of the iceberg)

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Perhaps the best screen capture utility out there with full-screen capture, window capture, and selection capture ala Photoshop's "lasso" selection tool. Plus all the program's functions can be triggered by programmable global hotkeys.

...but that's not the half of it.

What the AlternativeTo description doesn't mention is that this util does a lot more than just screen capturing. It also provides an eyedropper color selection utility AND a resizeable on-screen ruler AND a magnify glass tool. I used to have four separate apps installed to do those four separate things! I tried over a dozen different screen utility apps and this is the only one I found that bundles all these functions together in one tiny package.

Highly recommended for even the user who only occasionally needs to screencap. And an ABSOLUTE MUST-HAVE for people like web developers and graphic design pros what with the additional features (especially the eyedropper).

[EDIT: One shortcoming I can think of is that other screencap apps -- commercial apps as well as freeware apps -- have added OCR capabilities to their apps whereas FastStone Capture has yet to implement such a feature. For now, an easy solution is to supplement FastStone Capture with a quality freeware screenshot OCR tool like Greenshot or JOCR.]

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I didn't realize I was liking it. The original freeware is all I need and it is no longer available. I'm not interested in playing with video.

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Awesome tool, love ftp support!

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Nothing is better than this screen capture application. So much needed functions, work lightly and stable.

  • Video recorder may not work with excellent quality. That's all I can complain about!
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Best app for screenshots and neat FTP function to send them to own server. Thanks for the great product!

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I have used FastStone Capture for many years now, since the last freeware version 5.3 (Released February 2007), which offers the basic features that most users will need.

I now use the latest Shareware version 9.3 (Released November 2019) to capture and annotate screen shots many times a day for use on forums and my software review site.

I also make a few video tutorials with it. I set it to launch on starting Windows so that it is always available with a shortcut: Alt+Printscreen, Ctrl+Printscreen, Ctrl+Alt+Printscreen, Ctrl+Shift+Printscreen, etc., to initiate the various types of screen captures. Active Window, Rectangular Region, Scrolling Window, Repeat Last Capture, Screen Magnifier, Colour Picker, Ruler, etc.

Tip: leave Printscreen unassigned so that you can capture the FastStone Capture window itself.

It takes just 0.2 Mbytes of RAM when idle.

Try FastStone Capture 5.3 (search for it) and upgrade if you need more features.

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I tested dozens of video recording software and this with OBS, Camtasia are my favs
Videos files are light for the same quality compared to his most counterparts.

[Edited by Gerard_Valkyrie, April 11]

[Edited by Gerard_Valkyrie, April 11]

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works great

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this program works great and is inexpensive to buy a lifetime license. it's not as polished and shiny and snagit and some others but it produces the same quality and works reliably. i would gladly pay $20 for this than $50 or more for the fancier ones.

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Excellent!

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StreamLined and very practical.

Congratulations for the developers.

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Excellent

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I've been using it for years and it just gets better and better with each new version -- of which there are plenty as it a very actively developed app. Some of the alternative apps are pretty good in their own right, but this one has and still blow them out of the water. (See my review for further details.)

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Didn't record popup texts

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Pretty close to what we're looking for to create instruction video's and demo's, but we turned it down, because it didn't record popup texts.
Had it working on an Asus laptop with Windows 8.1.

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