It is extremely rare that my ‘better half’ rants lyrical about a piece of software but after introducing her to Gadwin Print Screen she claims this is the best piece of software ‘ever’ and insisted that this latest article be about it. With orders like that who am I to argue!
With her work in primary education this tool has proven invaluable for prepping classroom activities and similarly, for my articles and lectures it has saved me hours of work. However, the use is not limited to education and the tool can be used for any situation where you want to capture all, or part, of the screen. Whether this be a copy of a PDF document that you’ve been sent or to grab an image of the internet.
Now it is true that Windows 7 and 8 have an in-built Snipping tool that works in a similar way, but Gadwin is far more flexible and superior.
To download it you should go to the Gadwin website download page at http://www.gadwin.com/download/
Here you will find a free version and a Professional (paid) version. The freeware version suits me fine but if you want additional editing tools and annotation capability then the Professional version offers this for a very reasonable $25( approx £16).
Click the Download button to download the software and select Run when prompted to install it on your system
Double click to open
Click on Preferences
If you wish you can change the activate key but it is set as default to the Print Screen key
Set whether you want to run the application when Windows starts (I don’t but if you use it daily you may choose to do so)
Now lets set up the ‘default’ that we require. I find the most useful setting is to be presented with the option to draw a rectangle around whatever I want to capture from the screen. Let’s look at how to do this.
- Click on Source
- Choose your preferred option – in this case Rectangle
- Click OK
So we have now set the activation as the Print Screen button and a rectangular area. Now let’s decide what we want to do with it once we’ve captured the image.
As you can see below you have a number of choices, and this is where the versatility of this great application comes to the fore. You can choose to print it straight out to your printer, save it as an image file or simply copy it to the clipboard for pasting into another document.
- Select where you want to send the screen capture and the click OK
- If sending to a file then choose where to store it using ‘capture directory’ and what to call it ‘file name’
- Click OK
You should now see the Gadwin icon in the bottom status bar on the far right. This means it is running and waiting for you to press the Print Screen button.
When you do you can now draw a rectangle around ANY part of the screen, even if this is on an internet site and save, copy or print it on your PC.
By the way, the last setup tab, Image, let’s you choose the type of file created. I generally use jpg as it is compatible across systems and applications.
Hope you find this useful. Thanks to Gadwin for a great little tool!