OS X makes it easy to capture screenshots, but using the information from a screenshot isn’t always so simple. That’s where an app like ScreenFloat from Eternal Storms Software can be super helpful. In short, ScreenFloat is a powerful screenshot capture and management tool that lets you quickly grab an image and keep it visible for reference in another application.
Here’s an example: let’s say that a friend is in the market for a new MacBook Pro and you want to help them compare the features between the various models. That information is readily available at Apple’s website, and you could manually type it into an email by switching back and forth between Safari and Mail (which can be particularly annoying if you’re using full screen apps), you could copy and paste the information (which may not always be an option for graphics-based text), or, with ScreenFloat, you can simply grab all of the relevant information in a screenshot which then stays on top of all of your other windows and applications, even while in full screen mode.
We’ve been using ScreenFloat here at TekRevue for some time, and other great usage examples that we’ve found include entering software product keys, grabbing event or appointment details to enter into the Calendar app, comparing graphics and mockups for site design changes, and keeping reference screenshots readily available while writing software reviews.
And while ScreenFloat’s primary function is to take screenshots that stay on top of all of your other windows and apps, we’ve also found it to be a fantastic screenshot manager thanks to its integrated “Shots Browser.” You can always configure ScreenFloat to delete your screenshots when you close their corresponding windows but, by default, your screenshots will be saved and organized in the Shots Browser instead of cluttered on your desktop. This makes it easy to identify and locate the screenshots you need, and you can configure ScreenFloat to export your shots in any common image format to an external application like Photos, Mail, or Photoshop.
These powerful and handy features — and more, such as the ability to change the opacity of a screenshot with a scroll gesture, or temporarily hide a screenshot with the Command key — have made ScreenFloat our default screenshot utility here at TekRevue, and we know that once you try it, you’ll never be able to go back to the simplistic default OS X screenshot utilities again.
Try ScreenFloat today for free with a full-featured demo and, when you’re ready, pick it up on the Mac App Store for $6.99. There are so few software tools that are universally useful, but ScreenFloat is one of those tools. Check it out today, and we thank ScreenFloat and Eternal Storms Software for their support of TekRevue!