FastStone is a lightweight, yet amazingly versatile screen capture tool that allows you to capture and annotate just about anything you might need.

The program comes with a host of capture types, for instance: it can grab the full screen, the currently active window, a rectangular region of the screen, a freehand region, even a scrolling window, perfect for obtaining an image of a lengthy web page.

And if an image isn't enough, then FastStone Capture can also record on-screen activity, complete with sound, and save it as a video.

By default your captures will be sent to the FastStone editor. Here you can crop, rotate or resize an image, sharpen it, tweak brightness or colours, add lines, shapes, highlights, watermarks and more.

But if you don't need any processing then you can tell FastStone Capture to despatch your images directly to files (the program is able to generate file names automatically), the clipboard; your printer, emails, Word or PowerPoint documents, and more.

There are stacks of extras everywhere you look: a colour picker, screen magnifier, screen ruler, multi-monitor support, and more. Yet the program remains amazingly compact, consuming under 500KB when running in the background, and very little more even when it's active.

Please note, while FastStone Capture is a commercial product, what you're buying is a lifetime licence: all future updates are yours for free.

This is the portable version of FastStone Capture.

FastStone is a lightweight, yet amazingly versatile screen capture tool that allows you to capture and annotate just about anything you might need.

The program comes with a host of capture types, for instance: it can grab the full screen, the currently active window, a rectangular region of the screen, freehand or fixed-sized regions, even a scrolling window, perfect for obtaining an image of a lengthy web page.

And if an image isn't enough, then FastStone Capture can also record on-screen activity, complete with sound, and save it as a video or animated GIF.

By default your captures will be sent to the FastStone editor. Here you can crop, rotate or resize an image, sharpen it, tweak brightness or colours, add lines, shapes, highlights, watermarks and more.

But if you don't need any processing then you can tell FastStone Capture to despatch your images directly to files (the program is able to generate file names automatically), the clipboard; your printer, emails, Word or PowerPoint documents, and more.

There are stacks of extras everywhere you look: a colour picker, screen magnifier, screen ruler, multi-monitor support, and more. Yet the program remains amazingly compact, consuming under 500KB when running in the background, and very little more even when it's active.

Please note, while FastStone Capture is a commercial product, what you're buying is a lifetime licence: all future updates are yours for free.

Version 8.4 (Changelog)

Added support for high-DPI/high-resolution/4K monitors
Added a tool called Screen Focus, which helps you stay focused on the task under the mouse pointer by dimming the rest of the screen
Added an option to show file names to the output of the "Join Images Side by Side" tool
Added "Adjust Lighting" to the Colors menu
Enhanced the Resize tool so you can resize the image based on pixels or percentage
Enhanced the Screen Color Picker. Now you can:

Press Space/+/- key to zoom in/out. Picking a color from an enlarged image is easier
Specify prefix and suffix to customize the format of RGB, Dec and Hex values

Enhanced the "Acquire Images from Scanner" tool by allowing you to adjust the colors and lighting of scanned images
Other improvements and bug fixes

Verdict

FastStone Capture can grab anything you need, process it quickly via a powerful editor, and adds unusual extras like video capture and PDF export, all while keeping its demands on your system resources to the absolute minimum. If you're in the market for a screen capture tool, then we'd recommend you try this one first