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Snapshop is a small, lightweight, screen shot capture and image manager. It requires no installation and can be run from any location on your computer.

y primary purpose in writing Snapshop was to create a program that made screenshot capture, sharing, and storage as fast, simple, and efficient as possible. I believe Snapshop meets those goals well. With only one key press and one mouse click you can now: Capture an image of an area on your screen, compress that capture, automatically generate a unique name, upload the image, and have a saved copy of the image's URL on the clipboard ready to share with a friend or co-worker.

But Snapshop does more than just capture screen images. If you do a lot of design work with your computer it helps you to keep a persistent visual history of your work, both on the web and on your hard disk. And Snapshop helps you catalog whatever you capture with image tags and searching and sorting functions. You can rename, replace, remove, and batch process new or existing images. Images for your work or just maybe images for play.

Snapshop is also a quick tool to upload your images online. Just drop your files into Snapshop and it will quickly upload and catalog your images.

Go ahead and give the Snapshop a try. If you like it, use the feedback feature to leave me a comment or suggestion. If you don't like it, just delete the program from your hard drive. Either way, I thank you for the visit.

Click here to download Snapshop (v0.9.0.27)
The Snapshop Manual
Starting with Snapshop

Run the program "Snaps" and a camera icon should appear in your system tray.

Click the tray icon with you left mouse button to bring up the Snapshop user interface. In the Configure tab choose where you want to store your captured images. Choices are FTP Site, Clipboard, and Hard Disk.

Save your setting and dismiss the Snapshop user interface by clicking the OK button.

Press to capture a screen image. Click the screen icon in the capture window to confirm your selection.

Explore the Snapshop user interface to organize your screen captures and change options, or read further to learn more about using Snapshop.

Hotkeys
: Initiate a screen capture
+ : Initiate a screen capture of the current window
+ : Initiate a screen capture and prompt for the image name
+ : Bypass Snapshop and function as normal print screen
Screen Capture Window

The snapshop capture window is displayed whenever you press . You can drag the capture window around using the mouse to select the screen region you wish to capture. Sizing is available by clicking and dragging on any one of eight size grips positioned on the edges of the capture window. you may also move the window by using the keyboard arrows keys, or shift the window while holding and using the arrow keys.

The capture window also displays information about the capture destination, capture size, and scaling information (is scaling is on). You can toggle through the available capture destinations; web, clipboard, and disk, by pressing or or on the keyboard or number pad respectively. Pressing or clicking the capture button in the middle of the capture window creates a snapshop. Clicking outside the capture window, or pressing cancels the image capture window.

Organize Tab

The organize tab allows you to view your collection of Snapshop images. Images are added to the collection when you capture a screen image when save location is set to hard disk or FTP site. You can also add images to the collection by dragging and dropping files into the image collection list from explorer. When images are dropped into the image collection list, depending on you your save location setup, the images will either be copied to your Snapshop images folder or uploaded to your FTP site. The dropped images with then be added to the image collection list and tagged with the "import" word.

The image collection list displays thumbnail images of you image collection. The list also presents you with image location, name, size, dimensions, date taken, and you user definable image tags. You can rename an image or add image tags by clicking on the image name or tags within the list. Multiple tags can be added by separating tag names with commas.

Images can be removed from your hard disk or FTP site by clicking the red "x" button to the right of the image name. The "Copy" button places image data or image url on the clipboard. Double clicking an item in the list will open the image using your computer’s default program.

Find and Sort
Type into the find field to search through your images
Select an item from the sort drop down list to change the display order of your images
Find Syntax

Type text into the find field to limit the images displayed in the image collection list. Images will be limited to those that have a potion of the text anywhere in their name, or images that have tags that begin with the search text. Multiple search tags can be combine using an "or" operator using commas to delimited searchs words. You can also combine search tags using an "and" operators with the "+" character. You can add "!" to the front of any search name or tag to invert the result. Use the "!" symbol by itself to find images with no tags. You may search for only ftp images by using "ftp:" at the start of a search, and search only for images on disk by starting a search with "disk:".

Shortcuts

The following keyboard shortcuts can be used within the image collection list.

: Cancel editing a name or tag
: Rename an image
: Edit image tags
: Refresh the image list
+ : Find an image
+ : Remove an image from your hard disk or FTP site
+ : Open an image using your computer’s default program
Drop Files : Batch import or upload images
Configure Tab

The configure tab stores the option that control what you initially start capturing when you press , and where the image is store once the capture process is complete. It also give you a few options for popup dialogs and image compression.

The "start taking a snapshop" drop down list configures how the screen capture window is initially displayed. The following options are available:

My entire desktop : Start the capture window covering you entire screen.
A rectangle on your screen (default): Start the capture window at your previous location.
The window I am currently using : Start the capture window bound to the rectangle of the current active window.
The object underneath my mouse cursor : Start the capturing the screen widget below your mouse.

The "save my snapshops to the following location" drop down list configures where you image captures are stored. It has following options:

FTP Site (default) : Upload the screen capture to your FTP site. Copy the URL to the clipboard and add an item to the image collection list when the image transfer is complete.
Clipboard : Place a copy of the image on the clipboard.
Hard Drive : Save the screen capture to you Snapshop images folder and add an item to the image collection list. The image data is also placed on the clipboard.
Advanced Button

The advanced button is enabled when you select FTP Site or Hard Drive as your capture storage location. When FTP Site is selected, clicking the advanced button displays the settings for connecting to and uploading images. If the Hard Drive item is selected the advanced button displays a dialog where you can choose you Snapshop image folder.

FTP Configuration

Use the FTP configuration dialog when you what to capture images and have them automatically store on an FTP site. You will be presented with the FTP configuration dialog is you click the advanced button when you image capture location is set to FTP site, or when you attempt to capture an image to an FTP site and the image upload fails.

Fill out the FTP configuration dialog with you server information, including host, port, username, password, remote directory, and optionally URL. When URL is filled out you can copy and paste web image links to share with other people online.

Note: Your password will be stored in an encrypted form on your disk when not running the Snapshop program.

Clicking the Test button allows you to test the connection to your server using the information you supplied.

Checking the synchronize option allows you to pull any images with the ".jpg" extension from your FTP Site back into Snapshop. Check off synchronize and click the OK button to start the synchronize process. Images acquired from the synchronize process will be placed into your image collection list and tagged with the word "sync".

Folder Configuration

The folder configuration allows you to specify where image files are stored on your computer when you choose Hard Drive as your image capture location. The default image storage location value is a directory name "Snapshops" in your documents folder. If you want to use a different location, select a folder from the folder tree or type a folder name in the folder field. To create a new folder, simply type the folder name in the folder field and click the OK button.

Check Options
The "prompt for a name" check option causes Snapshop to prompt you for a name before saving off an image capture. The default name will be the MD5 checksum of the image contents.
When the "warn on overwrite or delete" check option is set a confirmation dialog will appear before you delete or overwrite an image.
The "automatically run snapshop at startup" controls if snapshop starts automatically when you login to your computer.
Languages

Clicking the languages button opens the lanuages dialog. The languages dialogs allows you to alter the language used in the user interface of the snapshop program.

Tagging

Clicking the tagging button launches the tags editor. Tags are comments attached to the images you create. Tag comments are placed inside your image file, and can be used by windows explorer when searching for images. Tag comments can also be used to mark your images as belonging to you. If you host your images online and a third party copies your image, you can track those copies by examining their tag comments.

Tag comments are also applied when the "Tag images with the comment below" box is checked, and you create a new image on disk, ftp, or batch process images by dropping images from your computer into the snapshop image collection list.

Watermarks

You can add watermarks to the images you capture or import using snapshop's watermarking feature. A watermark is an image (text watermarking will be added soon) that is placed on top of the image you create. The most frequent use of watermarks is to protect images from online theft.

The watermarking features of snapshop allow you to do the following:

Pick and image to use as a watermark
Optionally choose to convert that image to grayscale as the watermark is applied
Set the opacity of the watermark
Control where the watermark is placed in relation to the image you create

Note: In snapshop watermarking is applied before an image is scaled. This means that as id you choose to scale your images and use a watermark, the watermark will be scaled with the image.

Compression and Scaling

The image compression field and slider control how small or large your image files are. Smaller number values result in small image file sizes, but at a reduced quality. Higher number values better preserve image quality, but at the expense of larger file sizes. Setting the compression level to 100 results in lossless image quality.

The image compression options allow you to control is images are captured or imported at the same size of the source. The default setting is to not use image scaling, but you may find it useful in creating image thumbnails or somewhat smaller than origianl screen capture. The options for scaling are:

Do not scale (default): Image scaling is not enabled.
Scale by percent : Images are scaled proportionally by a fixed percentage.
Scale to this width : The uploaded or captured images are scaled to a fixed width or less.
Scale to this height : The uploaded or captured images are scaled to a fixed height or less.

When the scaling option is on, image names will automatically be appended with the scale size. This appending of the name allows you to store multiple copies of the same image at different scales.

Tray Icon
Click on the tray icon to open the manage Snapshop
Right click the tray icon to display a context menu
Use the tray icon context menu to change the image save target
Select exit from the tray icon context menu to close Snapshop
Development
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