Take Quick Screenshots with Monosnap
As you might expect, I have to take a lot of screenshots on a regular basis. Both for this site and computer tutorials that I teach. Having a good program is very important. On my Mac, I like to use Monosnap.
Monosnap sits in the menubar until you need it. For me, that’s one of the major benefits. I actually didn’t mind the native program, Grab, but it isn’t readily accessible throughout the day as I need it.
Taking a screenshot is very simple: you can click on the button and choose capture area, capture fullscreen or make a recording. You can also use it with your webcam to take a selfie or a quick recording. It’s not obvious that a timed recording is an option, but if you click one of the screenshot options, the dialogue on the screen lets you know that pressing CMD will delay the screenshot for about 5 seconds. After figuring that out, I actually found it more convenient than other programs that split timed screenshots into another category. With this, you only need to rememeber one keyboard shortcut.
After you’ve taken a screenshot, Monosnap opens an editing window, with a few nice annotation options. Additonally, If you already have an image you’d like to annotate, there’s also an option to open a file.
On the edit screen there are options to add arrows, shapes, and text. You can also crop the image and blur out parts of it if there’s any sensitive information. When you are finished editing, you can save the image to your drive or upload it. The upload options including using FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, and Amazon S3. If you want to upload to Evernote, Dropbox, or several others through the app, you will need to pay a small fee. Of course, you could always save directly to the Dropbox folder or add the file in a new note in Evernote manually. This in-app purchase is merely a feature of convencience and the app is in no way crippled for free version’s users.
Monosnap is a fast, easy to use screenshot program for Mac. It offers any basic editing feature you may need and will be waiting in the menubar until you need to use it.