I've been looking for a good print screen/screen capture tool
since Windows 1.0. I've found a few but eventually they just didn't
do everything I needed in a Windows environment (DOS was pretty
easy, no multiple windows).
Ran into Print Screen Deluxe and finally had my desires
fulfilled, it's one of those programs that cause me to slap my head
and say "ah, so this is how it's supposed to be done". It's a gem.
The install is as quick and easy and anything I've ever
installed, not a problem.
Fire it up and it gives you a step through asking what you want
Want to change what you're capturing? Click on that option and
you can select the entire screen, active window, a menu, a clipboard
image, a region you select or text within a Window. Oh, and you can
create an AVI movie of events as they occur within the selected
region. Since I wanted to create the above image for this article
you can see I selected the Active Window and saved it to a file
which you now see above. I could have selected other output such as
any defined printer or "scrape the text" and put it in a file or all
Speaking of capturing the text I tried it on a registry cleaner
as usually the info being scanned goes by way too fast for me to
actually read it. I set PSD on it and sure enough, it created a text
file with the info:
and so on and so on.
The only screen to text that PSD seemed to choke on were PDF
files. My bank sends me electronic statements; I'd love to be able
to scrape the text off of them, run them through a filter and then
feed them into my accounting program for automatic reconciliation. I
don't think I'd ever actually get that done even if I could extract
the text from the PDF but it sounds impressive.
The only other thing I noticed was that PSD only worked on the
primary monitor on my two monitor system but that was minor. I only
need to drag the area I wanted to capture over to the primary
But those are minor nits, let's look at what you can do with an
image once you have it captured. Select your region, active window,
whatever you want to capture and it appears in the PSD control
As you can see (hopefully, I wanted to make sure dial up visitors
could load this page this month so if the images are too small my
apologies) I've capture an active window which
happened to be the True Image control panel. Now suppose I wanted to
edit this image. Save it and bring it up in my image editor program?
Nah, not needed, with PSD I simply click on the image and bang:
Up comes a full image editor complete with ability to add text
which is a great feature. You can select the background color of the
text box and even the type of font and font properties of the text. I can
now add text to point to specific areas of the image that I want to
Other options abound; create an arrow, special effects like
contrast, sharpen, blur and features you'd expect in an good paint
program; resize, boxes, undo, erase, zoom in/out, mark and more.
All in all this is simply a well crafted and well thought out
program that just about any computer user would find useful and it
will certainly make my highlights and wedge a permanent place in my
utility toolbox. I urge you to check it
Free to try, 29.95 to buy.
here to immediately download the spyware free 3.4Mb free trial
here to go to the PCNet download page.