Ashampoo Snap 9 is the ideal screenshot and video recording solution for your PC. Capture anything you see on your screen as images or videos and add additional information, e.g. texts or arrows. A picture is worth a thousand words - if it is done well! Use the integrated text recognition to copy entire pages of text or share your processed images with friends and family. Highlights: Create screenshots and videos fast and easilyGreatly save time and effortRecord, edit and send instantlyWork faster and more flexibly with Snap 9.Use live editing and avoid post-processingUse new automatic featuresMore speed, flexibility and usability Requirements – Operating System: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 Computer: Any computer that runs on one of the above operating systems at a reasonable speed. Graphic adapter: min.resolution1024 x 768 and 16-bit High color (32-bit recommended) and min. 64 MB RAM. Sound Card: none (supported audio record device and microphone recommended) Languages supported – Company Website – www.ashampoo.com Ashampoo snap 9 (direct link) - www.ashampoo.com/en/usd/pde/1724/multimedia-software/snap-9 Download Link – https://cdn1.ashampoo.net/ashampoo/1724/ashampoo_snap_9_e9.0.1_sm.exe Download Size – 54.1 MB Price – Paid ($49.99) or trial for 10 days Review – It is one of the popular screen capturing software with many of the cool features. Let’s start from installing the software. Simple setup UI that starts with language selection and some user based inputs. After couple of seconds to get install, it is ready to capture screenshots. I like their starting tutorial to guide the user, this helps the new users to know about the functions of Ashampoo Snap 9. And its tray icon is beautiful with right-click access to many features and screen capture modes. It includes all capturing modes with shortcut for settings, help and exit of the program from the memory. The main UI dashboard is clean and simple and can be easily navigated by any type of user. Though, only basic settings shortcuts are provided on main dashboard but it is enough as they are generally, most used settings for a user. Thing that makes screenshot software handy is there one-click shot and to reach any tool in no time, dockbar makes it all possible. The dock bar is simple with auto-hide feature is very responsive to the mouse cursor. Also, it has dock touch gripper for touch optimized devices. Though it is optional to activate but it really makes the capturing easy. From the Left Side it has different capture modes like 1. Capture Video, 2. Capture Scrolling Window (Freestyle, Firefox), 3. Capture Internet Explorer/Chrome Website, 4. Capture Single Window, 5. Capture Free Rectangle Region, 6. Capture Free Style Region, 7. Capture Fixed Region, 8. Capture Menu, 9. Advanced Menu 9.1 Capture Multiple Windows/Objects 9.2 Timed Capture 9.3 Capture Text (OCR) 9.4 Color Picker 10. Create Multiple Captures (ON/OFF), 11. Stop Capture/ Edit Capture, 12. Configure Let’s go through each one of the mode one by one with detailed inspection: Capture Video :It captures the complete screen with some visual effects to the mouse cursor and on-click effects. It has various customisations like capturing window and video frames size ratio. Video Presets or custom codec config and audio recording device and buffered video encoding method can be tweaked from here. After selection, Video Capture Dialog appears to control everything from video special effects to playback control. In video capture dialog, setting for video effects controls visual elements for cursor, force zzom, video effects, Webcam position and size. The Configure Mouse and cursor effects has following changeable visual settings: Show Mouse Cursor: These options allow you to adjust the display of the mouse pointer during records and to add left/right click effects. Zoom Effect: If enabled, use the specified key to toggle the zoom effect. While active, everything inside the red rectangle will later be magnified. Use the mouse to reposition the rectangle. Use Video Effects: These are special effects that affect the entire video. Webcam Position /Size: Use these settings to adjust the size and position of the webcam overlay window. Capture Scrolling Windows : Captures the scrollable website opened in the Firefox and non-browser application. While Capturing, it creates a blue-rectangular box on the borders then hold down the left mouse button and select the area you wish to capture. Then, click into the selection. Snap will scroll the affected area automatically to capture its contents. Capture IE/Chrome Website: It captures the complete scrollable page of IE/Chrome website into a single image. Capture the same way as done for above. Capture Single Window :Capture any of the opened window by just selecting it. Move the mouse pointer over the window you wish to capture. Snap will add a blue border around the detected window. Left-click into the affected area to create the screenshot or right-click to cancel the process. Capture Free Rectangle Region : Captures the rectangular region in the menu. Capture Free Style Region: Image capturing tool but it take shot in any shape (freesytle). Capture Fixed Region :Irrespective of no. of window, it capture everything in a fixed area of desktop. There are many standard pre-defined region size along with custom region size function. Capture Menu :It capture the menu of any program. Capture Multiple Windows/Objects :This feature captures all non-minimized program windows and arranges them according to the selected option. Program windows will be displayed as editable/movable objects. Timed Capture :It triggers the capturing after a certain time or after fixed time intervals. Capture style settings tweaks whether snapshots should be taken once or at regular intervals and, if so, specify the desired time interval. Use these settings to define which area to capture. And from “Capture to capture” setting section, you may adjust the width/height for "Custom Region" in the program settings. For "A Single Window", move the mouse pointer of the desired window and left click the selection. For "A Rectangular Region", hold down the left mouse button and drag to select the area to be recorded and click your selection, to begin recording. The other options do not require a manual selection. Capture Text (OCR):Its one of the most interesting feature is Capture Text (OCR) mode, here image is analysed for characters of different languages and the text found is saved as text element for future editing, i.e. you can copy/delete/change the text in the captured image. To capture, just hold down the left mouse button and drag to select the text to be recognized. Use the zoom window to work with pixel precision. Click into your selection to begin the process. The text will be added to your snapshot as a text object. The menu list are quiet simple, compact and organised. Now coming to configuration, let's have a talk about basic settings to tweak. Skin has three customizations, first is Color theme, second is Default theme and the last one is Light theme with the different range of Bar size. Startup behaviour settings along with startup splash screen and reset of the program can be controlled from the general settings tab. Ashampoo snap 9 give us the flexibility to assign hotkeys for the different modes of capture and can be changed easily and even can be left unassigned. It has some more supportive features like browser monitoring for images, sound capture. The captured image support import in any of the following file format. The image color tweaks (background and shadow) along with auto-watermark on image, cursor sparkling all these screenshot color settings can be done in Screenshot setting tab. Images can be shared direct by mail in image format or pdf format. And, to get rid of managing files files both online and offline on local disk it give auto-delete feature after uploading online.