December 19th, 2008

LittleSnapper – Taking Screenshots To The Next Level

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If you always find yourself taking screenshots on the web, on your desktop etc, so that you can post the pictures to your blog, you’ll find your desktop often clogged up with fragments of your screenshots. There are also countless reasons why we take screenshots, like annotating screenshots so that you can explain stuff more easily to your clients or friends.

LittleSnapper lets you organize your desktop mess by placing all your screenshots into it’s simple and elegant user interface. LittleSnapper is designed and built by Real Mac Software, who’re also behind RapidWeaver, so expect nothing less than fantastic design and user interface.

Where are your screenshots saved?

If my screenshots are not saved on my desktop, where are they saved? After some investigation, they’re actually stored neatly in your ~username/Library/Application Support/[username].lslibrary.

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Any screenshot you delete will be deleted from this [username].lslibrary file.

So think of this little file as your “desktop” which stores all your screenshots in which you can manage them through LittleSnapper’s user interface.

What’s great about LittleSnapper?

- Screenshot management user interface. You can create folders on the left to organize your screenshots. Tagging and rating your screenshots are also possible using the panel on the right.
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- Let’s you take full web pages (good for showing your clients work progress)
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- Let’s you snap any window (forget about crosshair!)
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- Let’s you snap a specific DOM element from any page (much like Safari Web Clips). You can only do this within LittleSnapper’s in-built web browser.
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Annotation Tools

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When comparing LittleSnapper to Skitch, I find that the annotation design elements for LittleSnapper are alot nicer, more “generic” in a sense that it does not look too “kiddish”. Other than letting you draw squares, circles, lines, arrows, texts, what is most helpful is letting you “highlight” certain portions of the screenshot (see below).

Highlight tool lets you highlight a portion of the screenshot and fades out the rest of the image:
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You can also blur out certain portions of the screenshot extremely easily (good for blinding out passwords or other sensitive information you don’t want to share)
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Other standard annotation tools
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Uploading / Sharing via QuickSnapper, Flickr, SFTP or FTP

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You probably know what’s FTP and Flickr by now. There’s also a “QuickSnapper” option where you can upload your screenshots to QuickSnapper.com. RealMacSoftware makes one of the most attractive web application for you to share your screenshots online.

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Why no Resize?

LittleSnapper lets you crop your screenshots non-destructively, great, but there are no resize functions! Not sure why this feature is not included as it should be one of the most basic feature that should be included.

Otherwise, another example of an eye pleasing useful app. $39 and you’re a keeper.




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