FastStone looks good and simple; probably worth looking at first
---------------------------------------------------------- I should just mention that you can also use Irfanview itself for screenshots (Options / Capture / Screenshot)
- from the helpfile
Click on the Options Menu, then Capture/Screenshot. A dialog allows you to capture portions of your screen.
Use the option buttons to capture from your Whole screen - all monitors, Whole screen - current monitor (monitor where mouse cursor is located !!!), a Foreground window, a Foreground window - Client area (window without caption, menu and status bar) a Custom region/rectangle area (selected by the mouse after you press the Start button, or hotkey: CTRL + Print) or an Object (like button, window) selected with the mouse.
Note: if Custom region/rectangle or Object capture is used, no timer will be started.
Note: if Object capture is used, the object under the mouse will be highlighted with a frame rectangle. Press left mouse button to capture it, ESC to stop capturing. You can restart it again using the defined hotkey. Press right mouse button to bring a background (partially visible) window to foreground.
Note: if Object capture is used, the Auto-Scroll option may not work with all objects/windows, e.g. like web browser windows, Acrobat Reader, Word etc. but it should work pretty good with many standard system windows/objects.
You can capture with a self-defined hotkey or use the automatic capturing. For automatic capturing set a timer value. The value will be the number of seconds apart the viewer will take "snapshots" of the screen or window. One hotkey is valid for the duration of current IrfanView session.
If you want to see the mouse cursor in your screenshot image, check Include mouse cursor option. The Auto-Scroll option can be used with many objects/windows, but not all support it.
You can display each captured image in the main window of IrfanView or you can save it directly to disk.
If you use Save captured image as file, you can set:
• Filename for images. You can set a fixed name, or use some time stamp patterns. Default is: capture_%d%m%Y_%H%M%S. This will generate a file name with a system time stamp, like "capture_29112005_123620". %d = day, %m = month, %Y = year, %H = hour, %M = minute, %S = second.
• Destination directory for images. Type in a directory path or use the Browse button to find the directory you want to use.
• Save as box lets you choose which image format will be used to store the screens on your disk drive. Click the arrow and select one of the formats to change from the default JPG. The Options button brings up another dialog box with special options for certain file types. (Info: PNG is a very good format for most screenshots.)
Click Start to start capturing or Cancel to exit.
After start, the IrfanView window is minimized. Now use the defined hotkey (if hotkey capturing used) to capture any foreground/activated window or desktop. You can make several shots using the hotkey.
Note: Click again on the Options Menu and then Capture/Screenshot to stop any eventually started capture timer.
Edited by petewills , 11 June 2011 - 10:00 AM.