Annotate, manage, and upload Screenshots on your PC

Edited by Eng, Lynn, Anonymous

With the increasing need for I'm, and the use of web chatting and communicating programs and applications, the need for a handy application to send a PrintScreen shot of your whole PC desktop screen, your active window or even only a small part of any window is increasing too. Also,there is an increasing need to be able to annotate or mark your PrintScreen. This is especially important when you are trying to show someone on the other end of your I'm messenger what you are looking at on your screen, or trying to help the person over an issue he or she is having.

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I have tried several, and recently I came across one of those applications that is an open source. Plenty of useful handy marking features are incorporated in it, and it can also be configured to upload your PrintScreen to several photo servers like "Flickr", "Jira Server", "Picasa web" and "Skitch". As I said, it is an open source, and it was created by "Janusz Gorycki".

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Downloading, Reporting Issues and Installation

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    You can download it from:
    http://code.google.com/p/mazio/downloads/list . Save the installation file mazio-setup-1.2.1.exe to your hard disk, and click on it to install. Agree to the EUA, then click "Next". Choose the installation location or accept the default destination folder. The space required to install is very small, 1.5MB.
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    Once installed and running, it uses a fairly low amount of memory.
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    You can report issues with it in here:
    http://code.google.com/p/mazio/issues/list .
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    You can also browse the code from here:
    http://code.google.com/p/mazio/source/browse/ .
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In here, I will summarize this application and run through the most outstanding features that it has.

Basics to know

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    It is basically a screenshot grabbing application, with easy to use annotation tools.
    Among those, I liked most the "Magnifying Glass".
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    Three major Tool Bars are there, beside the main top tool bar.
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    1. Left Tool Bar. Here, you can choose your annotating tool, like Arrow, Straight Line, Oval, Rectangle, Pencil line, Text, Magnifying Glass, Sensor, Ponies, and Additional Image.
    2. Right Tool Bar. Here, you can change the property of the annotation tool that you select from left tool bar. Each annotating tool has the options of Color, Shape Opacity, Line width, and Placing (behind, in front, etc.).
    3. Bottom Tool Bar. Here, you can upload to several photo servers, Zoom (1:1 zoom, Fit, Center), and Name the saved screenshot.
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    Each Annotating tool you select will show a "Hint Window" with a yellow background, where you can read a useful using hint.
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    When you first run the "Mazio" application.
    You can see two buttons -- the left one is labeled "Get Screenshot". Clicking that button will trigger a selecting marquee, the active window of "Mazio" will be hidden, and your background active Windows will be shown. Drag the mouse to select the portion of the window that you need, and release.
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    That portion will be transferred to the "Mazio" window, where you can annotate, etc.
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    Another way to take a screenshot.
    When you hit your Keyboard "PrintScreen" key, your active screen will be in the clipboard. Activate the "Mazio" application window, and hit "Ctrl + V". This will trigger a small window. Select "As New Screenshot" to paste the content of the clipboard into "Mazio".
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    Here I have pressed the keyboard "PrintScreen" with my desktop front window shown, and then pasted in "Mazio".
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Main Annotating Tools

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You can use the Right Tool Bar to change the format of any annotation line width, color and opacity.

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    Arrow.
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    This will draw an arrow, in any direction and angle.
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    Straight Line.
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    This will draw straight line in any direction and angle.
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    Oval.
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    This will draw an oval (or circle) to surround any portion of the background.
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    Rectangle.
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    This will draw a rectangle (or square) to surround any portion of the background.
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    Pencil.
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    A free hand tool to draw with a pencil.
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    Text.
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    Click on where to place your text, and type it.
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    Magnifying Glass.
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    This is the most impressive annotation tool. Click it, then [click and drag] inside your photo (screenshot) to form a magnifying glass where it will magnify what is under to emphasize it and magnify it.
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    Crop.
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    You can crop out the "PrintScreen". Drag the lines shown to crop the inside.
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    Each annotation can be moved and scaled after being placed.
    Hover with the mouse on the amendment, and it will change, as you can see from the following photo.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • This application really does what it says it does. Open source, yes, but it is good.
  • The feature that I miss in it, is a selectable option, that enables it to be launched automatically when pressing the "PrintScreen". That would be great to have.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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