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  • Freeware Spotlight — ScreenToGif

    Posted on June 29th, 2020 at 01:10 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Deanna McElveen

    Usually, when an app becomes one of my favorites, I just assume everyone else knows about it.

    So there I was, working with Nicke Manarin’s ScreenToGif utility on a simple task: creating instructions for a client on how to change Windows from double-click to single-click. And then it hit me: this handy-but-relatively-unknown app is … article material!

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.25.0 (2020-06-29).

  • Freeware Spotlight — A Thousand Words

    Posted on March 30th, 2020 at 01:00 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Deanna McElveen

    As we’re all dragged into this new pandemic reality, PC-service clients are going to need remote assistance more than ever.

    Unfortunately, many of those folks are not as computer-savvy as we might wish. So when users run into problems, they might find it difficult to convey what exactly is going awry. In many cases, simple screen shots will illustrate the problem far better than will describing it over the phone.

    The aptly named A Thousand Words (ATW) is a handy screen-capture app from developer Andrew Lambert. The tool is specifically designed to be easy to use — suitable for PC users of any skill. If a problem can be seen on-screen, the machine’s user can launch ATW and follow a simple wizard to quickly grab shots of the fault. The user can then annotate the images and email the shots to a service tech (or the unofficial family IT person).

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.12.0 (2020-03-30).

  • Windows 10 gets better at taking screenshots

    Posted on July 29th, 2019 at 01:05 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    WINDOWS 10

    By Lance Whitney

    Starting with Windows 10 1809, the legacy screen-capture Snipping Tool became Snip & Sketch — with great new capabilities.

    Ages ago, most of us downloaded third-party screen-capture apps because they were far superior to anything built into Windows. And it’s still true that products such as the paid Snagit and the free/paid PicPick offer extensive screen-capture and manipulation tools you won’t find in Windows.

    But the new, built-in Snip & Sketch is an excellent — and free — option. The app lets you capture an entire screen, any rectangular area, or an area that you draw freeform. And with Win10 Version 1903, you can also capture a specific window.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.28.0 (2019-07-29).