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Snagit screen capture arrives on Mac after 19 years

updated 06:45 pm EST, Tue November 9, 2010

100,000 beta testers helped shape native version

Snagit, a popular screen capture solution for Windows users, has now been designed from the ground up as a native Mac application, TechSmith announced today. The company is celebrating the release with a slew of tutorial videos, and a contest to spread the word about the Mac version -- prizes of which include a MacBook Pro, an iPad, and an iPod Touch. The Windows version of the software has more than seven million users, and over 100,000 people participated in the public beta program, which began 11 months ago. The $50 program's current version includes a license for both the Windows and Mac versions.

Snagit includes standard features for screen capture, including selecting regions, hotkey capture and export in a variety of formats. The software distinguishes itself by also allowing captures to be shared to its own hosting site or other methods including email and FTP; the easy editing of captures with callouts, arrows and shapes; and a simple method of grouping multiple captures into a single image. Snagit also includes the ability to capture full web pages, even when the scrolled portion is not on-screen.

For recording movies of screen activity, TechSmith makes the popular Camtasia software in both a native Mac and Windows version.

The promotional contest requires entrants to blog, tweet, make a Facebook or StumbleUpon link to the promotional page as many or few times as they like between now and December 7th, and then send the company a separate email verifying the action. The contest is open to US residents 18 years old or older only. Other prizes include Apple Store gift cards and TechSmith Titanium Sporks.

Snagit for Mac is available as a 30-day free trial, and costs $50 for a license which is good for both Mac and Windows versions. It requires an Intel Mac running 10.5.8 or higher.

by MacNN Staff



  1. shmoolie

    Joined: Dec 1969



    No way is this worth $50. The "new" software economy is based on the iOS model and software that performs a limited utility function should be priced accordingly. $4.99 - $9.99 per seat.

  1. facebook_Marc

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    Try Skitch!!!

    There is a free Mac program called Skitch Free and perfect!!

  1. chas_m



    To be fair

    Snagit has GREAT arrow, callout and other tools that educators et al will find very intuitive and useful. That may not be worth $50 to you, but in truth I've been looking for a tool that makes marking up screenshots much faster for some time and Skitch (et al) haven't quite done the trick. I will definitely check this out.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Pricing..Ugh!

    No way is this worth $50. The "new" software economy is based on the iOS model and software that performs a limited utility function should be priced accordingly. $4.99 - $9.99 per seat.

    Yes, the iOS model of "We've spent lots of money and time on this software, but we should sell it really cheap because, well, that's what people do to sell on the iPhone".

    Who cares whether the company makes back the money they spent on development! That's not your problem. Your problem is that the iPhone has made too many people even cheaper when it comes to software (and that's saying something, considering how cheap most are to begin with).

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I guess lots of people

    don't know about command-option-4?
    That's got to be worth the price of one of David Pogue's books right there!

  1. facebook_Chris

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    Joined: Nov 2010


    Scrolling window screen captures

    The ability to automatically scroll a window and stitch together the screen captures into one file is big. Really big.

  1. facebook_Yancy

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    Joined: Nov 2011


    Maybe helpful

    Yes,I used this program , a very nice soft .And I believe I can give you a similar ,Screenshot Capture for Mac (, which is new released and can capture frame region, freehand region, one or all windows and full screen on Mac. Maybe helpful to you .

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