Prototype Tool

Can someone recommend a free prototype tool that they use to build simple screen shots for a web application?

I'd like a personal recommendation that someone has used.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I am not sure what you need in a tool, but I use SnagIt for screen shots. I can size, resize, crop, edit, add callouts, highlights and so on.

What else do you need?  (I may be off base here).
Walter RitzelSenior Software EngineerCommented:
I have used recently a tool called Pencil:
You can create screens for many different technologies and is very simple to use.

In the old times, I have used even Microsoft Visio.
Windows products have Steps Recorder built-in. You may want to see if that will suffice.

Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Balsamiq Mockups is a rapid wireframing tool that I used recently for a major upgrade to a client's website:

I was happy with the tool and the client was happy with the results. It is not free, but is reasonably priced:

Here are a couple of free wireframing tools that look good, but I haven't used either:

Lastly, here's an interesting article with 19 free mockup/wireframe tools (haven't tried any of them):

Regards, Joe

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