I often need to make screenshots, and even occasionally movies of what’s going on on my Mac. The movies are especially handy for grabbing screenshots of things which are otherwise not easily captured.
While Apple’s built-in screenshot facility (Command Shift 3 or 4, with Control for capturing to the clipboard) is useful, it’s also rather basic. That’s why I’ve used Snapz Pro X for the last (how many?) years.
It’s so easy to use though that I’ve never got around to reading any Help files, so only today did I happen to discover the Preview function. It’s right there on the left of the wee settings window that appears, but for some reason it just never occurred to me to click on the button. Look at the screenshots on Ambrosia Software’s website and you can see it plain as day.
You can try out a bunch of different settings and the live preview shows exactly what you’ll get. Drop shadow, size reduction, quality reduction, fancy border — you can play to your heart’s content until you see exactly what you want to achieve.