SliQ Screen Capture lets you quickly and easily take screenshots and save them to disk. SliQ Screen Capture also lets you quickly capture a screenshot of an application and open the captured image in an editor where you can add text annotations and labels.
We use SliQ Screen Capture in-house at SliQTools to aid us write help documentation. We thought the program could be generally useful to our customers so we decided to give the program away for free.
Taking screenshots in Windows isn't particularly difficult using keyboard shortcuts. However, where SliQ Screen Capture helps is by automatically saving the image to a file, copying it to the clipboard so you can paste it into a Word document (for example) or opening the image for editing in your favourite image editor. SliQ Screen Capture also makes it easy to select a portion of the desktop so you don't have to spend time opening the image in an editor and cropping the image.
And of course, SliQ Screen Capture is completely free!
Screen Capture Configuration Options
To access the SliQ Screen Capture configuration menu, run SliQ Screen Capture and click on the button shown below:
to show the Options menu.
Select the options to save the capture image to disk (Save File As...), to the clipboard or to the Default Viewer.
Changing the Viewer Program - Opening an Image Editor
On most PCs, the default viewer is the Microsoft Fax and Picture Viewer. You can make SliQ Screen Capture launch a different viewer by choosing the Configure Viewer Program option in the Options menu (shown above) to launch the Viewer Program dialog.
The Viewer Program dialog lets you enter a command to launch your favourite image editor or clear the current command to restore the default image viewer.
The dropdown on the Viewer Program contains a couple of default options for launching Microsoft Paint or Microsoft Paint.Net. Microsoft Paint is available on all Windows PCs so this option will always for work for launching an image editor but if you want to use Paint.Net you'll need to download it from: http://www.getpaint.net/.
Capture the Desktop
To capture the desktop, click the button highlighted in the following picture:
Capture the Foreground Window
To capture an image of the current application, click the button highlighted in the following picture:
Capture a Region of the Desktop
To capture a region of the desktop, click the button highlighted in the following picture:
Then click the mouse on the region you want to capture and, keeping the mouse button down, drag the crosshairs that appear over the region you want to capture. Release the mouse to complete the capture operation.
Choosing the Image Format
To choose the image format, click the Options button and then from the Options menu, choose between PNG, JPEG and BMP formats for the captured images.