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Freeware Mission – Best Free Screen Capture Utility

by James 28 November 2008 18 Comments

The Freeware Mission has it’s first anniversary: the 10th episode! Until now all went very well, my computer is feeling great with only freeware on its hard disks! Today I’m going to try to find the best free screen capture utility. That’s very important for me, because I make a lot of screen captures for this blog, and not only. Let’s see what I found.


Until a while ago the best free screen capture program was FastStone Capture, but now it’s shareware, so I have to find something else. I found and reviewed here a free program called ScreenHunter 5 Free, a very simple and easy to use screen capture utility. Now I want a program that could do more than just capture the images.

After testing a few freeware programs I decided to keep ScreenshotCaptor: it’s free and it has a lot of features. The only annoying thing is that it requires a license key that you can get for free by signing up to their forum. The key will be available for six months, and after that you’ll get another one just like you got the first. After a year you’ll get a lifetime key. Of course, if you donate you get the lifetime key instantly along with other goodies they say. Well, I guess they have to make a living somehow.


Now about the features. ScreenshotCaptor really has what it takes to become my favorite free screen capture utility: lots of capture modes: Multimon (multiple monitors), Desktop, Active Window, Region, Windows Object(each mode has a hotkey for quick access); effects, including automatic active window enhancement; support for 3rd party user configurable tools, including file browsers and image editors; automatically finds boundaries of non-rectangular/themed windows; autoscroll capture for windows too big for screen; thumbnail maker.

You can download ScreenshotCaptor from here, it’s free!

My Evaluation


Operating System

Windows All


8.52 MB



Version Tested

The Freeware Mission will continue! In the next episodes I’ll choose my free Media Player and free Audio Player. Stay tuned!

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  • James said:

    Great freeware. Easy Screen Capture is another full featured screen capture software that can capture any part of screen from your desktop, even scrolling windows and entire web pages.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Thanks for stopping by and for your nice comment. About Easy Screen Capture, it might be good, but it’s not free, so it won’t fit into my Freeware Mission.

  • mouser said:

    I’m the author of Screenshot Captor and I was very happy to read this.. Thank you for the kind words and I’m glad you liked it.

    If you have suggestions please do post them on our forum — a new version will be out soon and it’s always nice to hear feature requests from people who use the program.


  • Johnny Karp said:

    Hey mouser! I’m very happy that you visited the blog. I’m using your Screenshot Captor and so far i’m very happy with it. I’m looking forward to testing the new version!

  • Anonymous said:

    I found Jing last week. it can capture anything from your desktop and even make a move of it .

    afterwards it uploads the capture to screencast, flickr etc.

    its free 🙂


  • Johnny Karp said:

    I tested Jing in the Best Free Screen Session Recorder episode. But I chose another program called CamStudio, I think it’s better mainly because you can capture to avi or swf.

  • Jonno said:

    Camstudio is THE best for video capture.

    I dunno why FastStone Capture is “shareware”. I use it on my comp, and I’ve never seen a limit of features, or a time limit, or anything. But then I don’t screen cap too often, so maybe I never run into it. But I love that program like the dickens. Only thing I don’t like is how there is a delay between the “Print Screen” button and the capture.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Only the latest release of FastStoneCapture is shareware, the last freeware release is still pretty good though.

  • Spiderman4 said:

    Hello all, have you tried (HoverSnap) by http://www.hoverdesk.net/freeware.htm? this is a nice and simple snapshot tool to use.

  • comprar cialis generico said:

    Yes I agree with you!

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Nick C
    I never tried GrabCaptureScreen, but I’d definitely suggest you should give ScreenshotCaptor a try if you want a more advanced program. I would also suggest PicPick, a great program in the same category, my favorite for now.

  • Jon said:

    Another great Screen Capture program is SimplyCapture.
    http://dpi.hypermart.net/scapture.htm is where you can find it.
    I have just started using Screenshot Captor and love it, but I like SimplyCapture’s interface better, Probably because it’s more easy to use, and more simple. But overall (and I just started using this program), Screenshot Captor is a great program!

  • Jon said:

    I also started using PicPick, I really love it, I got used to it’s interface very quickly, and it has many more feautures then SimplyCapture. SimplyCapture actually has no features except for a super simple interface to capturing images in the .bmp format. The only other feature is that it can be converted into a .jpg picture in the same program.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    I’m happy you like it Jon, I’ve been using it on a daily basis since I wrote the review and it never let me down. It’s one of my favorite freeware programs overall.

  • Jon said:

    I am now very happy with PicPick! To Johnny Karp, why isn’t PicPick in this position?

  • Jon said:

    Oh, I see that PicPick is in this position now,right?

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Indeed Jon, indeed 🙂 The up-to-date favorites are always in the Best Freeware List pages 😉

  • Jessica said:

    An easy to use capture tool , .

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