After a long and exhaustive search (read: 30 seconds of Google), I’ve come to the conclusion that the idea screenshot tool for the Mac just doesn’t exist.
I thought I could stay with Ye Olde Skitch (i.e. version 1.0.12, the one before they went all Evernote-y) forever, but I’ve run into an annoying issue where images exported at “100%” are actually at 200% thanks to the pixel-doubling of the Retina MBP I’m using. It means I either get a huge image and jagged edges when exporting at 100%, or have to downsize the image in Skitch before exporting, adding yet another step to the process.
I came across someone else’s quest for the perfect screenshot tool, but after evaluating the options I’m not convinced they’re any good.
- TinyGrab could have been good, if it gave me a direct link to my image. Instead, it wants to show ads with my screenshots. Um, no.
- I actually wouldn’t mind Dropbox if it gave me a direct link to the image, lack of annotation tools aside.
- GrabBox could be good, if it didn’t remove the original file from your machine. WTF? One of the reasons I love Skitch is because it has a nice, browsable history of all the images I’ve ever uploaded.
- His own home-baked solution might be decent, if it was a little more user-friendly and worked with FTP. That said, S3 isn’t all that bad.
What I’m looking for in an screenshot sharing tool:
- Direct link (no ads or other BS)
- FTP (preferably), otherwise I’d settle for Dropbox or S3
- (optional) annotations, like Skitch — I rarely use them these days, but they’re still super useful when I have to
- (optional) resize/editing options, like Skitch
Is there something you’re using for screenshots on the Mac that meets my specific criteria (direct link, FTP, annotation tools are a plus but not required), or am I doomed to use Skitch forever?
Now, to be fair, Skitch isn’t all that bad. Current resizing issue aside, it satisfies all my screenshot/annotation needs at present. But it’s the lesser of many, many evils — while there’s (probably) no perfect screenshot tool for the Mac at the moment, Skitch gets pretty darn close.