Having thoroughly enjoyed using the new Snagit 10 for Windows, I had high expectations when I heard about Snagit Beta for Mac. If you didn’t see catch our original review, Snagit is a utility that allows the user to take still screenshots of their screen which extends the ability of the built in screenshot capture of Mac OS X.
Installation and Setup
As always, installation of the application on Mac was a simple process of dragging and dropping the application icon from the dmg image to the Applications folder. Also included in the image is a product tour for new users.
Features and Interface
As with the Windows version of Snagit, the included product tour is a great way to introduce yourself to the application. helping you find your way around the interface and various features available in the program.
Having used the Windows version of Snagit 10, the first thing that’s immediately apparent is the simplicity of the interface for Mac. Many users of Snagit could find the Windows version somewhat intimidating at first, with the complicated GUI. I don’t believe anyone could begin to say the same about the Mac OS X version.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that there was no GUI to Snagit at first glance, as it’s a small tab at the corner of the screen that becomes visible when you roll over to use it. The developers have simplified the interface significantly without it having an adverse effect on features.
Taking a screenshot couldn’t be simpler. Simply choose whether to take an ‘All-in-One’ or ‘Window’ capture by using the drop down list from the arrow next to the big red button. Then, once you’ve chosen (I keep it at ‘All-in-One’ by default), just hit the red button to be given the yellow guidelines to take a screenshot.
I’m glad to see that one of my favourite features from Windows has made the transition from Windows to OS X. The crosshairs provided to take an accurate screenshot are accompanied by a magnified view of the selection, so that you can take precision shots with ease. If you’ve come across the Windows version, you’ll be glad to know that the feature is identical on Mac.
Another favourite feature of mine has also survived the port. When you’re taking a screenshot of a web page, Snagit will scroll down the page for you, so you can capture the entire page, even if it’s not in view. Unfortunately, this only works with in Safari, or with a Firefox add-on currently, so if you’re using the Google Chrome browser, you’ll be unable to utilise this.
Tools and Editing
Any application can take a screenshot, but it’s the features available for editing that make or break an application like Snagit. Unfortunately, it’s not as feature filled as the Windows version, but there are still a lot of features available for editing.
There are plenty of editing features available to the user, such as callouts with text, arrows that you can place on the shot for emphasis and other additions such as blurring. You can easily access all of the tools without having to search through menus, which makes it much easier to get used to.
Considering that Snagit for Mac is still in Beta, it holds up incredibly well against the long-developed Windows equivalent. The vast majority of tools have been brought over to the Mac, and many effects are available too.
I’m extremely excited to see the final version emerge as the developers improve on the Beta, and we’ll be reviewing it upon its eventual release here on Zath!