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SnapDraw review

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#1 marko

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    Posted 28 November 2011 - 08:22 AM

    File Category: Screen Capture Utils
    Will Run On: XP/Vista/7 (32/64-Bit)

    Developers Description
    Have you ever wondered how to create screenshots such as this or this ? Most screen capture programs are fine if you just want to take an image of what's on your screen to include in your document or presentation. The hard stuff comes when you need to add annotations or special effects ! Out goes the screen capture program, in come the big gun photo editors, and the next thing you know, you've wasted hours trying to achieve simple callout boxes !

    In SnapDraw Free, all the complicated annotation graphics such as Callouts and Magnifier Lens or nice looking effect such as 3D perspective and Reflections - are built-in tools. With these tools, you just point and click to accomplish the work in a small amount of time while achieving High Quality of outputs.

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    #2 James (Jim) Hillier

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      Posted 28 November 2011 - 02:10 PM

      SnapDraw really is great freeware, it's screen capture capabilities offer nothing out of the ordinary, but it is when you move into the editing/annotation side of things that it really shines and comes into its own.

      SnapDraw definitely involves a learning curve which is not exactly helped by the lack of associated Help files, and online help is pretty basic too. So, navigating around, accessing features and getting everything working properly is pretty much a matter of trial and error.

      It took me a couple of hours clicking on menu items and generally investigating options before I was able to confidently produce the desired results. Strangely enough, once one gains a familiarity with the software, it is pretty comfortable to work with. That is largely down to a nice big preview pane which displays changes/edits in real time.

      SnapDraw offers the common capture functions but really excels in the editing/annotating department. The usual text, lines, ellipses and rectangles are all available, but there are also several rather unique additional categories. A ?Callouts? section provides a variety of different shaped dialogue containers which can point to a certain aspect or feature within the screenshot. Simply select a particular shape, input your customized text and, when satisfied, click anywhere inside the screenshot display to add. Positioning is very exact and a simple matter of drag and release.

      The ?Shapes? section also includes a fair array of symbols; pointers, smileys, several social icons, signs and emoticons. The ?Magnifiers? category contains some neat tools for enlarging and highlighting certain areas or text. All can be added and positioned in the same easy manner as already described. SnapDraw also includes a very good, highly customizable watermark feature.

      If you are looking to annotate screenshots for instructional and/or demonstration purposes, you cannot do better than SnapDraw.
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      Jim Hillier - Managing editor Daves Computer Tips.com

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