Our Favorite Screen Capture Software - Jing
Whether for real estate related or for personal business, there are times that you want to screen capture what you're looking at on you computer screen....and maybe even do some simple editing and mark ups.
We've got a program we use regularly, VERY easy to use, FREE for the basic version, but you can upgrade for $15 a year to add some video capabilities. For right now, we just use the basic version and found it terrific for our purposes.
The software is called Jing, produced by a company called TechSmith. You can download it HERE at CNET's download.com site. 6.57 MB, so not a huge program.
Here's step by step on the program and how we use it.
After downloading from the site above and following the prompts to install, the program keeps a little sun on the edge of your screen, it's unobtrusive, and you can move it to a different spot on any of your screen edges as you see fit by just dragging and dropping, but the default is top center.
When you hover your mouse pointer over the yellow ball/sun, three arms come out (see picture below).
The left sun arm is the main one you'll use, it's the one you use to capture screen shots. The middle one shows the history of your captures, and the right one is where you can adjust your settings/preferences.
If you click the right one, the ball below comes up (see picture).
Each of the icons at the bottom of the circle get a description to pop up if you hover over them. Set your preferences after loading and you probably won't use this arm again.
Okay, back to business of how to capture a screen shot!
Click the + arm on the left of the little sun after hovering over the yellow ball. That pops up a set of crosshairs.
Position the top left corner where you want to start your capture, click your mouse and hold, dragging down to the bottom right corner of where you want to end your capture. Release the mouse and you have a capture! It will be bordered in yellow.
You'll now get a menu toolbar to pop up underneath your captured area (see picture above). Hover over each of the icons and a description comes up above the icon. The main one you'll use is the floppy disk looking SAVE icon on the far left (see picture below). (Floppy disk: that ancient technology used before CDs, DVDs and memory flash sticks).
Click that SAVE icon, and now you'll a different pop up window with another tool bar on the left of the captured image.
This tool bar is your edit features. You can add arrows, add text, draw a box, highlight an area, or change the color you're using for ANY of these features!
Fyi, when you go to the Text feature, drag your text box to where you want it, adjust for size, and if you click on one of the text border corner squares, font type and size options will come up (in picture below). A quick shot of what the tool bar can do:
Once you've finished all your edits, click the SAVE icon again, name the file and store it where you want! The png file extension is equivalent to a jpg file extension, so now you've got a picture to work with! Add it to your blog posts, email it, do whatever you've like (within allowable copyright law of course!).
We hope you find this software tool helpful!
Keep on Blogging!
Liz and Bill aka BLiz
P.S. The irony is you can't use the screen capture software to capture itself! Only one capture in process at a time! All pictures taken with Blackberry Storm II.
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