These tools range from free to $100 or so; some do little more than mimic Grab, others capture the screen as a video with audio. If you’re a Mac user on a budget, prefer free tools, but you need more than the average features and you want a library of ‘snaps’ that can be shared and synchronized between Macs, iPhone, and iPad, then this is the app to get.
It’s called Snappy and it’s one of those rare Mac utilities which does more than the sum of the parts. Not only can you take snapshots from your Mac’s screen, Snappy also lets you share, sync, save, and annotate.
And it all starts with a click to the Mac’s Menubar.
Snappy grabs a graphic from the anywhere on the Mac’s screen and pins it to what amounts to a floating library of all your snaps. From there you can annotate each one– draw on it, write on it, erase it, even undo whatever you did. Snappy even handles notes for each item.
The app is a good Mac citizen in that it shares items easily through Mail, Facebook, Messages, Twitter, Dropbox and Evernote, Pinterest and more. The library of items can be organized and it’s iCloud ready to share and sync between your various iDevices.
Regular readers will note that I’m a Mac toting, app evangelizing, graphic designer wannabe. I have all the tools to make up for my lack of inherent talent and Snappy is one of those that helps me toward my objective to find and use the Mac’s best utilities.
Items collected in Snappy can be protected with a password, encrypted from end-to-end so neither the NSA nor dastardly sneaky companies like Google can see what you collect. Once you install Snappy all you need to do is hit the keyboard shortcuts to snap almost anything on the Mac’s screen and have it saved to the library.
The question I continue to ask is simple. “Why is Snappy free?” It does so much and works so well that there must be a catch. I suspect it will be called Snappy Premium or Snappy Pro and there will be a price tag to mark the change, but for now you can bask in the freedom of free screen snapshots.
What increases the value and capability is Snappy on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, which means whatever you snap and save into the library gets synchronized between devices. That’s incredibly handy as more and more of our work is being offloaded from Mac to iPad Pro, iPad, and even iPhone.
Plus, you can’t beat the price tag. For now.