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First Look: Little Snapper, screencapture utility

updated 01:35 pm EST, Tue December 16, 2008

First Look: Little Snapper

When viewing webpages or programs on your Mac, you may want to capture some of the images to view later. Fortunately, every Mac lets you capture all or part of a screen image using one of the following commands:

  • Command-Shift-3: Saves a screenshot of the entire screen as a file on the desktop
  • Command-Shift-4, then select an area: Saves a screenshot of an area as a file on the desktop
  • Command-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Saves a screenshot of a window as a file on the desktop
  • Command-Control-Shift-3: Copies a screenshot of the screen to the clipboard
  • Command-Control-Shift-4, then select an area: Copies a screenshot of an area to the clipboard
  • Command-Control-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Copies a screenshot of a window to the clipboard
Memorizing these commands can be cumbersome of course, and storing screen images as files or in the clipboard can be clumsy. Worse, you still need to take time to organize and edit your screenshots. To capture, organize, edit, and share screenshots, you could use multiple programs, or you could try Little Snapper.

Like most screencapture programs, Little Snapper lets you capture an entire screen, a window, or a selected area. Unlike most of its rivals though, the app also lets you store screenshots in a custom window. Thus you can view, tag, and organize screenshots in a separate iPhoto-like interface.

While you can rate each screenshot with one to five stars, this process isn't as intuitive as in iPhoto. Instead of right-clicking on an image to choose a rating, you must first click on an image, open an Inspector palette, and then choose a star level along with any tags you might like to apply.

Switching between views lets you see your screenshots as icons (which can be adjusted in size) or delve into the Edit view, used to draw on or otherwise modify a screenshot. Within Edit you can place arrows, type text, or blur and highlight different sections. Annotations can be added as well, with the option of hiding them to view the original screenshot.

Capturing shots of webpages is a particular strength of Little Snapper, since the program saves associated URLs. If you want to revisit a page, it can be opened in your normal browser, or else in the app's own window.

To organize screenshots, the program provides two main categories: Websnaps (captured webpages) and Screensnaps (program screenshots). For greater flexibility, you can create folders and collections. A folder lets you manually store screenshots, while a collection lets you define rules for automatically sorting screenshots based on tags, URLs or ratings.

Since the program's editing features are relatively simple, you can set external image- and source code-editing programs for opening any screenshot. Photoshop can be used to refine an image, for instance, and an HTML editor can be tied to webpage captures.

Sharing screenshots usually means sending them by e-mail or FTP. Little Snapper, luckily, makes sharing images easier with the ability to link directly with an FTP or Flickr account, or the developer's free QuickSnapper service.

Little Snapper proves to be useful by combining capture, sorting, editing, and sharing functions within a single program. For anyone who only needs the occasional screencapture, the app's tools may be overkill, and its rating feature leaves something to be desired. Despite these minor flaws, researchers, web designers, and anyone who needs to capture screenshots frequently may find Little Snapper's $39 price tag a bargain for streamlining the usual screencapture process.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RSS double http error

    Anyone else seeing double http when clicking on Macnn RSS links?

    Also, I don't think $39 could be considered a bargain.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    For example...


  1. vaishnavi B

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Voila is better

    Littler Snapper might be great, but i found it confusing and its use a bit cumbersome, Did not find the interface too user friendly. I have been using Voila for some time. Its quite a handy tool, and I like its latest version 2.0, great interface and user friendly. It also enables me to capture multiple DOM elements. My vote would certainly go to Voila v 2.0

  1. josh007

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Voila is the best bargain

    I have used both trial version Voila and Little Snapper and was almost about to purchase Little Snapper when I received the update message of Voila 2.0. The new version of Voila just swiped me of my feet and I purchased Voila. Trust me its the best lucky bargain. Its amazingly user friendly and has a polished front-end. Moreover its a feature rich application and best suits my purpose.


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