More Software: HyperSnap 6.0

Not to turn this site into PC Magazine, but I like to let people know when I find myself wedded to a piece of software. I haven’t mentioned it here before, but Hyperionics’ HyperSnap is one of those applications that I’ve been using for ages.

It is, in short, a screen-grabber. In other words, you use it to capture in graphical (and thus editable) form all or part of your computer screen. If there is an image you want to comment on, anything from an error message to a slice of a site, a screen-grabber is the way to go.

Yes, you can do that sort of thing with the built-in PrintScrn in Windows, but it’s clumsy and dreadful. Not only that, it’s missing the fine control of a HyperSnap, which not only lets you capture whole windows or sizable slices of the screen, but also auto-scrolls the screen if you want to capture something larger than you can currently see. The resulting image can be edited, saved — or even ftp-ed elsewhere via a built-in ftp app. (A small complaint: I wish HyperSnap had a built-in link to Flickr, but that is utterly self-serving as I doubt there are many people who put as many screen grabs onto Flickr as I do.)

In its latest incarnation, Version 6.0, HyperSnap now lets you capture text right out of images and the like. While it is not yet able to do the trick in Adobe Acrobat documents, there are other ways to do that, and the feature is still sufficiently useful that I’ve just upgraded.


  1. btw, there are free replacements for hypersnap, Snagit and its ilk:
    you can take autoscroll pics of webpages using firefox’s Screen grab! extension. the classical screengrabs (including partial shots etc) can be done with “Gadwin PrintScreen”, and if you want to record your actions on the screen into a movie, camstudio is your friend