If you need to capture screens or videos on your PC, you’ll find
Ashampoo Snap 4 a worthy tool. It lets you easily capture whatever
you see on your screen, whether it be the entire screen, a window,
a portion of a screen, a scrolling Web page, or even a video.
Ashampoo Snap 4 is exceptionally simple to use. Run it, and it
appears above the top of your desktop, with just a thin line
indicating that it’s running. When you find something you want to
capture, move your cursor to the top of your desktop to display
Snap 4’s icons and choose the type of capture you want. Or you can
instead use a hotkey, or right-click the Snap 4 icon at the bottom
of your screen and choose your capture options.
Once you do that, you’ll capture what you want. You can then
perform basic editing, such as adding special effect, cropping,
flipping, and so on. At that point, you can print, e-mail, save it
as a JPEG, BMP, PNG, PDF, or an Ashampoo-specific format called
Ashampoo Photo Commander (.apc) .
New to this version of Ashampoo Snap is a video mode that makes
it easy to capture videos as well. You can capture a video of
actions you take onscreen, a video of a game, or even record videos
directly from YouTube. It’s a simple matter of pressing the right
buttons; it’s not harder than that. However, I could find no way to
capture the accompanying sound, which made this feature only
partially useful. So it’s great for capturing screen sequences for
a demo or tutorial, for example, but you’ll have to use another
program to overlay sound on top of it.
Other improvements over Ashampoo Snap 3 include higher quality
display, and new editing features, such as the ability to capture
multiple areas of a screen.
Overall, Ashampoo Snap 4 is a solid program for screen capture
and video capture. I don’t find it quite as useful as its main
competition, Snagit, which
offers more features, such as powerful annotation tools and more
output formats, among others. Still, Ashampoo Snap 4 costs $30 less
than SnagIt, so if you don’t need those advanced features, there’s
no need to pay the extra money. For more power, go with SnagIt. For
affordability, Ashampoo Snap 4 does the trick.
Note: Unless you tell it not to do so, the
program will install a toolbar from Ashampoo, make Ashampoo Web
search your default search engine, and make Ashampoo Web search
your default home page. So if you don’t want those things to
happen, uncheck the appropriate boxes during installation. If you
register the trial version with the vendor, you’ll get an
additional 30 days of free use.