FastStone CaptureFastStone Capture is a powerful, flexible and intuitive screen-capture utility that can be very useful for all Photoshop users on the Microsoft Windows platform.

In previous versions of Photoshop for Windows it was possible to capture a single window by using the key combination Alt+PrintScreen, which would copy the result to the clipboard.

Photoshop allows you to create a new document based on the content of the clipboard by selecting in the menu File / New. Photoshop then automatically adjusts the height and width according to the size of the screen capture that was placed on to the clipboard. In the document itself it’s then just a matter of pasting the content of the clipboard (Edit / Paste or Ctrl+V) inside the current document.

Photoshop CS2 however doesn’t allow to capture a single window; the key combination Alt+PrintScreen will copy the complete screen instead. The only way to copy a window in Photoshop is to use a special screen capture utility like FastStone Capture.

FastStone Cpature is a very small utility. The setup file is only 1MB in size and the program uses also only about 1MB of memory once installed.

Some of features that the program offers:

- A small floating Capture Panel that can be dragged anywhere or minimized to the Windows tray area
- Resource friendly - uses a very small amount of memory, especially when minimized to the Windows tray area
- Global hotkeys to activate the program’s capture capabilities anytime, anywhere
- Efficient tools to capture windows, objects, full screen, rectangle/freehand-selected regions and scrolling areas
- Capture web pages in Microsoft Internet Explorer, FireFox and Opera
- Option to specify destination (internal editor, clipboard or file) where the captured image will be sent
- Screen color picker
- Text/Arrowed line/Highlight/Watermark annotation
- Resize, crop, zoom in/out
- Undo/Redo
- Save as BMP, JPEG, JPEG2000, PNG, GIF, TIFF, TGA
- Send captured images in e-mails
- Screen Magnifier
- Multi-monitor support
- Option to run when Windows starts
- Option to inlcude mouse cursor
And many more …

FastStone Capture

I highly recommended this program that can be especially useful for tutorial writers or users who want make screenshots for forums .

If you like the program, feel free to make a donation at the FastStone web site.


Also have a look at FastStone’s Image Viewer; a very easy to use (free) program with tons of options, a program that really stands out among other image viewers:

FastStone Image Viewer

All FastStone programs are provided as freeware for private (non commercial) or educational (including non-profit organization) use. In these cases, you are granted the right to use and to make an unlimited number of copies of these programs.

FastStone programs contain neither adware nor spyware - guaranteed!