With around 70-million Mac users there are bound to be a growing number of cottage industries with a corresponding need for specific types of Mac apps. Notes, photo enhancements, games, word processors, Calendar add-ons, screen grab utilities, and many others.
The last one, Mac screen grab apps, is an odd one because there are so many apps in the category, and yet Apple provides a very good one– for free– in OS X. Open Applications > Utilities and click on Grab.
That gives you multiple ways to capture the Mac’s screen, either by app window, a selection on the screen, the whole screen, or a timed capture.
Of course, if you’re on a budget and in a hurry, there are the time honored and highly forgettable keyboard shortcuts to capture the screen or window or section and save it to your Mac.
The problem there is that I don’t save enough screen grabs to remember the keyboard shortcuts, so the Grab tool works for me.
Somewhat easier than both built-in methods is a little known utility called GrabIt. It lets you literally grab a section of the screen with the Mac’s screen pointer, drag it out so you can see it (instead of saving to the Mac’s Desktop as the keyboard commands do, and save it as needed.
GrabIt uses a keyboard shortcut to invoke the capture. Command-Option-B. Whatever element on the screen you select can be grabbed– literally– and moved elsewhere on the screen; then saved or deleted.
There’s also a built-in option to double-click the grabbed image and make it smaller in size (handy on Macs with Retina displays which grab images with more pixels). Another option lets you drag the captured image as a file with a Right-Click-Drag. Because GrabIt works a bit differently than many other Mac screen capture tools it takes a bit of getting used to, but it works well and the advantage of being able to see what you captured on the screen– instantly– is a big plus.
Not bad for a few bucks.