The handy Snagit screen-capture tool just continues to get better. The latest version, Snagit 9.1, enhances Snagit's already-excellent editing features.

Although only a few new features are added, they make Snagit easier and faster to use.

Like previous versions, Snagit 9.1 captures all or portions of what you see on your computer screen.

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You can set it to capture designated regions, windows, a full screen, scrolling windows, and brief videos. Other than some minor cosmetic tweaks, version 9.1 doesn't make any changes to Snagit's screen capturing features. What it does enhance is Snagit's editing features.

These editing tools just got a major overhaul in version 9, which was released a few months ago. Snagit 9.1 makes only minor changes, but they're definitely time savers.

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One of these is a new Live Preview feature that lets you see what Snagit 9.1's editing options will look like before you apply them. All you have to do is mouse over the option in the toolbar, and you'll automatically see how the feature will make your image look - no clicking required.

The new Mini Toolbar is not as flashy, but it's also handy. When you apply an editing feature to your image, such as adding text, a mini toolbar automatically pops up right next to where you're working. This allows you to have easy access to some of the features you're likely to need, such as changing font or font size when adding text to a screen capture.

Other updates in Snagit 9.1 include an organised stamp gallery, which makes your stamps easier to find. Any stamps you download from TechSmith are automatically sorted into categories. And a new auto-store export feature builds on the auto-store feature introduced in version 9, which saves every screen capture automatically. The export feature lets you take these unsaved screen captures to another computer, by exporting them to an optical or USB drive.

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Techsmith Snagit 9.1: Specs

  • Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, XP x64, or Vista (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 or later
  • 1GHz processor (2.4GHz recommended)
  • 512MB RAM
  • 60MB of free hard disk space
  • Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, XP x64, or Vista (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 or later
  • 1GHz processor (2.4GHz recommended)
  • 512MB RAM
  • 60MB of free hard disk space

OUR VERDICT

The enhancements in Snagit 9.1 aren't major changes, but they're useful. If you already have an earlier version, it's worth upgrading to Snagit 9.1. And if you don't yet use this screen-capture program, now is a great time to start.

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