SnapNDrag is a screen capture utility. It gives you ability to capture your entire
screen, a single window, or a selected region of your screen. You can also get a
screen capture after a delay. Once the capture is made, it is shown in a thumbnail
preview and can be saved simply by dragging the thumbnail from the SnapNDrag window
to the desktop. It can also be dragged into another application, such as Mail, Preview,
Appleworks, and others.
Requires Mac OS 10.2 or higher.
The program downloads as a disk image that mounts to your desktop. To install, you
simply drag the application to your hard drive.
SnapNDrag is simple to use, as it should be. After starting the application, you
simply select one of the 4 modes of capture from the SnapNDrag dialog window you
want. Your captured image appears as a thumbnail in the dialog for you to drag wherever
you like. The dialog window also lets you select a file format (JPEG, PNG, and TIFF).
When using JPEG, you can specify a quality level (5-100) which affects quality and
file size. There is also a size selection on the dialog for scaling captured images,
but it is only functional in SnapNDrag Pro, which is a $5 upgrade.
The available capture
modes are described below.
- This capture mode gives
you crosshairs that allow you to select any rectangular region of your screen. You
click to begin the selection, drag the cursor until you have everything you want
to capture in the selection box, then release the mouse. The selection is captured
and visible in the SnapNDrag dialog.
- Selecting window mode
changes your cursor to a camera. As you move the camera over various windows on your
screen, they are highlighted so that you can tell which window will be captured.
Click the mouse in the desired window to capture it.
- Screen mode simply captures
your entire screen.
- This mode is screen mode
with a multiple second delay. The delay is specified on the SnapNDrag dialog window.
When you select Timed, you see a count down in the middle of your screen until the
capture is taken.
Through the applications
preferences you can have SnapNDrag automatically start when you log in. This is a
nice feature because it allows me to take a screen capture at any time. The timed
delay gives you the chance to locate the cursor where you want. The SnapNDrag preferences
provides a couple of options for what the cursor will look like. Timed mode also
lets you capture pop-up menus that would normally be dismissed when you moved the
cursor to the SnapNDrag window.
The Pro version of SnapNDrag can be set up to remain hidden (not shown in the dock
or on the desktop) and capture images using user definable hotkeys. This is my favorite
feature. Using the hotkeys with the application hidden makes it appear to be part
of the OS (similar to Apple's screen capture, but with more options).
The interface is well done. It looks and feels like an OS X application. The process
of capturing an image and dragging it into a document or email is intuitive and easy.
It is also integrated with some of the developers other applications (EasyFrame and
EasyCrop). This is a quality application.
The only problem I could find with the SnapNDrag is when the application is in hidden
mode, you don't have access to the menu bar items. This means you don't have the
the "Save As" option, leaving dragging the capture to a destination as
the only method of saving.
SnapNDrag is a screen capture utility for Mac OS X. It has an intuitive interface
and simple, elegant operation. It lets you capture a screen selection, an individual
window or the entire screen in JPEG, PNG, or TIFF format. You can also take delayed
screen captures giving you access to cursor states and popup menus. The global hot
key function is only available for a $5 upgrade, but if you take screen captures
often, it's well worth it.
- Four useful capture modes
- Intuitive interface
- Ability to drag thumbnail
of captured images
- Three image formats
- No access to menu items
in hidden mode
4 1/2 out of 5 Mice