How To Capture Screenshots with Snapz Pro

Capturing screenshots on your Mac computer is easy.  Pressing Command-Shift-3 is all that it takes to capture the entire screen you are working on.  With Command-Shift-4, you get a crosshair cursor, which allows you to specify the part of the screen to be captured. 

But wait there is a better alternative to these commands.  Snapz Pro X goes beyond the basic (thus limited) screen capture capabilities on the Mac.  Users are given more control of the whole screen capturing process.  It even skillfully captures videos on screen with digital audio!

Getting Snapz Pro X

Snapz Pro X is from Ambrosia Software for the Mac OS.  You can get it from Ambrosia Software as a free trial or direct purchase.

Setting-up Snapz Pro X

Once you have installed Snapz Pro X, you are ready to go!

1.    Start by setting up your Snapz Pro X.  Double-click on the application icon to open the program. 

2.    Configure the application settings by clicking on “Preferences.”  If you want to automatically open Snapz Pro X with a hot key (shortcut key), indicate the command keys to use.

3.    Select where you want the image sent:

  • Desktop
  • Pictures
  • Clipboard
  • Printer

4.    Choose one of the following options:

  • Cursor visible – if you want the cursor seen, check this box
  • Choose File Name – place a check in this box to enter a filename
  • Open After Saving – check this box if you want to view the captured screen

5.    Use the drop-down File Type menu to specify the file type options.

Using Snapz Pro X

1.    If you want to capture screenshots, press the shortcut key for Snapz Pro X to open the interface.

2.    Select the appropriate screen capture button.  Your choices are:

  • Entire screen – the open window
  • Selection – only a part of the screen
  • Objects – menus, windows or other objects on screen
  • Movie – movie playing on screen

3.    Specify if you want to save the screen capture to a file or to the Clipboard memory.  Saving to the Clipboard memory allows you to copy it to other applications during the current session.

4.    A toolbar will appear once you select the capture button.  Some of the things you can do at this point are to add a border, hide or show the cursor and select the type of file format when saving the captured screen.

5.    Select the window you want to capture by clicking on it.  Or, specify the area you want to capture by dragging the selection marquee.  Your captured image will be saved automatically by Snapz Pro in the location you specified.

You can also learn how to capture screenshots through the online video tutorials for Snapz Pro X.  Just click on Snapz Pro X Videos to access the tutorial.

Art images, drawings, maps, and sheet music are only a few static images you can capture with Ambrosia’s Snapz Pro X.  You can also capture menus, dialogue boxes and error messages.  Recording a movie to be used as a tutorial video is a cinch to do. With Snapz Pro X, screen capturing can now be done in a snap!


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