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Software for capturing screen shots for training manual

Greetings.  I am putting together a training manual for a group of very non-technical folks so I thought it would be a good idea to include as many screen-shots as possible.  With that said, I have been using WIN key + print screen key to do the screen shots and figured there has to be a better way.  So what are the experts using to create screen-shots?  The cheaper and easier to use software suggestions get more points than the more expensive apps.

Thanks everyone!
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Brian GeeCommented:
Although I wanted to recommend Snag-It for how easy it is to use, I would recommend from a cost-perspective, the Windows 7 (and Vista) Snipping Tool which is a VERY good innate screenshot tool. Start > All Programs > Accessories > Snipping Tool.

Just select the target area, let go of the mouse, click the Copy button and then Paste into whatever you're using to collect the screenshot images.
No1 software for creating training videos or presentations.


Can try it before u purchase it.

samiam41Author Commented:
Thanks for the replies.

Looking at your suggestions now.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
I increasingly use the screen capture utility in IrfanView which allows a variety of options for screenshots including either leaving in the cursor or removing it.  I find it particularly good for capturing drop down menus which otherwise disappear as you hit other key combinations like Alt+PrtScr.  For capture a video clip of screen action the TechSmith suggestion above is excellent & there is also an open source version called CamStudio
Danny ChildIT ManagerCommented:
FastStone Capture is in my Startup group for a whole bunch of reasons...

Set some hotkeys for it - I use CTRL + R for a Rectangle select, etc...
- does Dropdowns, error boxes, pretty much most things...
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
I've found Wisdom-Soft Screen Hunter to do the job for static screen captures.  It's free.
samiam41Author Commented:
Great suggestions experts and I appreciate every one of them.  I am going to submit the ideas to the other IS folks and training team to see what they think and hope to have this closed out by Monday of next week (things move slow in government, sorry for the delay).

Camtasia is the best, then you have CamStudio and then finally Wink (debugmode.com)
samiam41Author Commented:
Thanks everyone for your help!

@yobri:  Good tool, the users liked it
@ded9:  The software everyone loved and asked to get quotes on it!  Great app.
@MASQUERAID:  IrfanView was labeled as "tricky" by the users but they wanted to use CamStudio if the Camtasia app proves to be too $$
@danch99:  They liked the options but didn't spend very long using it.
@DrKlahn:  The other soultuion the group loved!  
@pcunite:  Camstudio was the 3rd option on their list (as mentioned by masqueraid) and Wink was one I liked.

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