Show, don't tell: 6 great tools for capturing, annotating, and sharing screenshots

Erez Zukerman , PCWorld Follow me on Google+

Endlessly tweaking his workflow for comfort and efficiency, Erez is a freelance writer on a mission to discover the simplest, coolest, and most effective software and websites to make tomorrow happen today.
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Snapping and sharing screenshots is invaluable. Whether you need to offer a quick bit of tech support to a client or a fellow worker, document a procedure for an in-house manual, or produce professional-looking screenshots for a promotional website, these handy utilities will help. Several are cross-platform, and most of them are free.


$50 Snagit bills itself as "the ultimate screen capture tool," and it is indeed a powerhouse. Snagit's interface is divided into a capturing utility and an image editor. The capture tool works with presets: You can decide whether or not you want to capture the mouse cursor along with the screenshot, if you want a delayed capture, and even capture a scrolling window (Snagit will scroll it for you and produce one long image).

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Typing of The Dead Overkill review: Kill foul-mouthed zombies with your fingers

Ian Harac , PCWorld

Typing of The Dead: Overkill is the gore-splattered offspring of Mavis Beacon and Quentin Tarantino. It's not exactly a tutorial, but you do learn to type fast and keep your eyes on the screen, not the keyboard. With its 1970s grindhouse flair, it's a lot less work-safe and a lot more fun than your usual educational software for PCs.

Typing of the Dead: Overkill main screen screenshot
Typing of The Dead: Overkill includes the game itself, minigames, and the original non-typing version of the game.

As a self-taught typist, I get 60-70 wpm, but that’s with looking at the keyboard. I never learned touch typing in the formal sense. Typing of The Dead: Overkill might actually get me to break bad typing habits I've had for over thirty years.

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Wondershare MobileTrans Review: Windows utility makes phone upgrades a lot easier

Liane Cassavoy , PCWorld

Liane Cassavoy is a veteran technology and business journalist. She contributes regularly to PCWorld and has written about business issues and products for Entrepreneur Magazine and other publications. She is the author of two business start-up guides published by Entrepreneur Press.
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The idea of upgrading to a shiny new smartphone sounds appealing ... until you consider all of the data residing on your older handset. From the pictures and videos you've captured to the thousands of text messages you've exchanged, your aging smartphone is a virtual treasure chest. But Wondershare MobileTrans makes it a breeze to take most of those treasures with you when you move up the smartphone food chain.

MobileTrans 3.3 screenshot
MobileTrans identifies your phones, and lets you know just how much content you have available to transfer.

MobileTrans allows you to transfer content between Android, iOS and Symbian smartphones, no matter which network they run on, as long as you use a PC as a go-between. Syncing your contacts to a new phone can be easy, especially if you're using a service like Google to manage them. And iTunes can bring some of your old data to your new iPhone. But bringing over all of your other data, such as pictures, call logs, and text messages, is a challenge, especially if you're changing phone platforms.

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WinPatrol Plus stands guard over your PC

Liane Cassavoy , PCWorld

Liane Cassavoy is a veteran technology and business journalist. She contributes regularly to PCWorld and has written about business issues and products for Entrepreneur Magazine and other publications. She is the author of two business start-up guides published by Entrepreneur Press.
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A guard dog is only as valuable as the alarms he sounds. The latest version of WinPatrol, a handy security utility that serves as a virtual guard dog for your PC, drives this point home. WinPatrol 2013 still alerts you when changes are made to your PC, but does so less when it does bark, you sit up and take notice.

WinPatrol Plus offers fewer alerts, but lets you know when important changes are being made to your PC.

WinPatrol is available in a free version, which offers a handful of ways to monitor just what's going on on your PC. You can see a list of startup programs, which you can choose to disable or delay. You also can see a list of recently used programs, hidden files, file types by associated program, active tasks and services, and much more.

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Control your PC with these 5 speech recognition programs

Mark O'Neill , PCWorld Follow me on Google+

Expatriate Scotsman now living in Wurzburg, Germany, freelance writer, frustrated future bestselling author, obsessed bibliophile. Other interests include trying to understand The Architect in the Matrix movies, decrypting codes and ciphers, and trying to persuade my landlord and my wife to let me have a Highland Cow for a pet.
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Dragon has long ruled supreme over the landscape of speech recognition—but no more. Simpler or less expensive (if not quite as powerful) options are carving out little fiefdoms. The more choices, the better, too, given that using voice commands can stave off or reduce repetitive strain injuries. The spoken word also suits some projects better than typing.

We found five Windows-based options worth a test drive. They were tested under pretty rugged conditions, too: my native Scottish brogue, and my German accent honed by 13 years spent in Wuerzburg. While none was quite able to slay the powerful Dragon, they could still be useful for many tasks.

Windows Speech Recognition

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Review: VirtualBox 4.3 goes touchy-feely for Windows 8 virtualization

Jon L. Jacobi Freelance Writer, PCWorld

Historically, VirtualBox has been rock-solid, lightweight virtualization software that was only slightly less capable than its rival, VMware. Starting about a year and a half ago, VirtualBox became a bit less than that, acquiring new features, but becoming less reliable. Fortunately, the latest versions seem to have come back around, and 4.3 adds an important capability: support for touchscreens.

VirtualBox 4 screenshot
VirtualBox 4 screenshotVirtualBox's management and launch dialog has improved over time and is quite easy to intuit at this point.

I'm not a huge fan of fingerprints all over my screen, but as a user of tablets and smartphones I know it's part of the computing universe, and lots of folks like it. And with Windows 8.x designed for touch, it needs to be there in virtual environments. It is in VirtualBox and it worked well in my testing.

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Ventrilo review: The essential comms tool for the PC gamer

Alex Cocilova Assistant Editor, PCWorld

Alex covers desktops, everything from fancy to practical. He's also an avid (addicted) gamer and loves following the industry.
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In the heat of battle, there's one tool that trumps all. No, it's not your customizable mouse or the fancy keyboard with 100 different macro keys. It's communication.

Ventrilo takes the guesswork out of what your friends are doing in-game by providing a lightweight voice over IP program to stay in constant contact.

Ventrilo screenshot
Ventrilo comes with a robust amount of options, but you may have to dig to find them.
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