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.
FastStone Capture 7.4 brings these changes:
Supports touch interface
Added 2 new options in the Settings:
"Auto-hide capture toolbar when it reaches the top of the screen"
"Bigger buttons on capture toolbar"
Improved the Print dialog
Improved the "Fixed Region" capture tool: now you can press Shift + arrow keys to adjust the width and height of the fixed region
Added a hotkey for "Import from Clipboard" in the Hotkeys tab of the Settings
Now it is possible to use the screen capture and screen recorder at the same time if you disable the new option "Hide Toolbar when using Screen Recorder" in the Settings
Now you can preview the fonts in the font list of the Draw tool
Added a "Blur" button in the image editor
Added a "Save" button to the Email window when "To Email" is selected as the Output destination
Added an option to adjust the volume of mouse click sound for the screen recorder
Supports output to Excel
Other minor improvements and bug fixes