Today, they just upped the ante.
TechSmith's products have always been top notch, and have offered great cloud storage. But with the proliferation of Chromebooks and other lightweight devices, web-based solutions have been the predominant trend for software - squeezing out applications that require installation on a computer.
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Screenshots on a computer (even a Chromebook) are not new. Historically, if I wanted a screenshot from my Chromebook, I would have to use the screenshot function (CTRL + "Window" key). Then edit it (I use Pixlr, which is great cloud-based software for editing photos). Then save it in my Google Drive. Then upload it to where I wanted it. It wasn't terribly inconvenient, but it certainly wasn't seamless. Sure, there were other apps out there too. So Snagit for Chrome by TechSmith didn't really introduce a new product; they introduced a new workflow. And that is why the software is so appealing.
Case in point - I had been using the Pixlr Grabber app. But it is fairly piecewise, as it interrupts the flow by asking questions along the way to help channel the end product. Snagit for Chrome is quick and to the point.
There are two components that make the Snagit experience top notch - a Chrome Extension that lets the user capture any image from the browser, and the Chrome app that empowers the user to manage all the captures (as well as annotate them).
Once both components are installed (it sounds daunting, but really all you do is press a button), it is smooth sailing.
The first step is to take the screenshot using the Snagit Extension.
|After installation, the Snagit extension is poised for action across all your Chrome browsers!|
|This picture is a snagging a Snagit. Mind = blown.|
- Opening the screenshot in the app provides a seamless and immediate way to modify the picture.
- The title of the screenshot can be changed from this screen (this is subtle but distinct advantage over competing software, where the name must be changed from the file structure of Google Drive).
- The annotating functions are simple. More substantive extensions like Evernote are bogged down by the complexity of their functionality, and the user experience is more fragmented.
- All changes are saved instantaneously.
- The file can be shared immediately.
|Before and after. Snagging is too easy with Snagit.|
|Books are for suckers! My library is full of Snagits!|
(Just kidding. I like books, too).
Collateral learning aside, there are other times when I think Snagit for Chrome would be beneficial:
- Any art class (photography, art history, architecture, etc.) where students need to aggregate photos could use Snagit to apprehend (and comment!) images from online. Those images can be stored in a folder and then shared, or placed into a blog or Google Docs Presentation.
- Science classes may find a use for students to label diagrams (anatomy, for instance) as homework assignments.
- Writing intensive classes could use Snagit as a lightweight commenting solution for papers (although there are better options out there, most require the use of accounts). Schools without Google Apps for Education may find better luck using Snagit for Chrome as an alternative to a cobbled together Google Drive solution for sharing documents.
- From an online perspective, I often hear students claim, "the exam wasn't open for me" or "I submitted it, but I don't know what happened". Snagit for Chrome gives students a chance to create a "Proof-of-Purchase" to capture (and annotate) their submissions or problems they encounter.
Snagit is also now my go-to mechanism for cropping photos. Again, Pixlr is great for photo editing, but Snagit is quicker and easier for cropping. Just open the image in Google Drive Viewer, and Snagit will crop, retitle, and save a new version.
And as an instructional designer, making training materials for online resources just got a lot easier. Snagit for Chrome is a great balance of simplicity, storing, sharing, and annotating.
You should go out and snag it right now.