I’ve mentioned before in previous posts how I have come to love my purchase of SnagIt which is screen capture software developed by TechSmith. However, I’ve always got my eyes peeled for free alternatives. Today I’d like to feature Lightscreen. Lightscreen is an open source, free application for Windows that enables you to quickly create screen captures. In no particular order, the software contains the following feature set:
- Directory – You can configure which directory images are stored in after creation
- Filename – Enables you to create an automatic naming structure for your images
- Format – Choose between .PNG, .JPG, or .BMP image formats
- Delay – Program a delay in the form of seconds before the software becomes activated
You can also configure hotkeys for Lightscreen so that the program is only activated by a key stroke combination. Out of the box, Lightscreen supports capturing the entire screen, a window, or user specified screen area. Last but not least, you can configure the image quality for the screenshots.
If you’re looking for just a utility to take screen captures, this tool may be the right one for the job although, I have become increasingly spoiled by the post screen capture editing tools provided by SnagIt. Something Lightscreen does not currently offer.