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3 ‘Awesome Screenshot’ Alternatives for Google Chrome

With news that the popular ‘Awesome Screenshot’ Chrome extension is, in fact, not that awesome at all, many have wisely uninstalled it.

But while this one plugin likes to keep tabs on your open tabs, there are a number of alternatives that aren’t quite so unsavoury. If you’re in need of webpage screenshot tools not marred in malicious intent, read on.

screenshot addon by googleScreen Capture (by Google)

The ‘Screen Capture by Google’ extension was an alternative suggested by reader whizzer0 in the comments to our report on Awesome Screen.

On paper, it’s certainly the most trustworthy option. And its feature set, letting you grab specific sections of webpages and assign keyboard shortcuts, is tempting.

Sadly, it doesn’t seem to work — at least not for me or a number of others who have left reviews of it on the Chrome Web Store.  Your own milage may vary. It still work for some, and there’s always the chance it’ll be updated in the near future.

Screen Capture by Google on Chrome Web Store

Blipshot

blipshop

On to something that does work. Blipshot, by Davide Casali, is an open-source webpage snapper that’s light on bells and whistles, but big on simplicity.

Once installed, you just click on the toolbar icon and a snap of the entire page, including below the scroll, is taken. To save it as a high-quality PNG you just right-click on the image preview that then appears, or drag it to your desktop/file manager.

Blipshot may only do one thing but it does it so well and without snooping on your browsing habits.

Blipshot Screen Capture Tool on Chrome Web Store

Full Page Screen Capture

Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 16.11.37Like Blipshot, ‘Full Page Screen Capture’ only does one thing – whole page snaps – and is open source. But unlike Blipshot this one doesn’t require any permissions at all.

“No bloat, just a simple way to turn a full web page into an image,” reads the Web Store description.

Once installed just click the camera icon in the toolbar to initiate your snap. The page will scroll as it assembles each part (keeping you amused with a Pac-Man animation in the popover). When done your capture opens in a new tab from where you can save it.

Full Page Screenshot on Chrome Web Store

Other Ways

And if you only need to grab a webpage now and then try a web-based service like Screenshot Machine.

But if what you want to capture is visible on your screen you don’t actually need to install anything: just use the built-in operating system utilities.

On Linux press the Print Screen button to take a whole screen grab, or use a desktop app like Shutter.

On Windows press Super + Print Screen to save a snap of the whole screen to your Pictures folder, or use the built in ‘screen sniping’ tool to grab a specific portion.

On Mac OS X press Cmd+Shift+3 to grab a snapshot of the screen, or Cmd+Shift+4 to draw a specific section.

On Chrome OS? Just hold the following key combination to save a .png of the the entire screen to the Downloads folder.

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Which tools, services or shortcuts do you use? Let us know in the comments below. 

  • http://NathanBrauer.com Nathan J. Brauer

    On Ubuntu, Shift+PrintScreen will allow you to draw a selection and Alt+PrSc will capture just the window.

    • Fredrik

      Very handy tip, thanks!

    • Merri Mogridge

      You can also change this behaviour in keyboard shortcuts in the settings. I have PrintScreen set to draw selection, its now one of the first things I change after a new install :)

  • http://lukelarris.com/ Luke Larris

    Browser screenshot tools are great for taking full-page screenshots, but IMO nothing beats a good screenshot tool on your computer.
    ShareX is the best one I’ve used on Windows.

  • Juan De Luca

    What happened to Snagit? I would recommend it over the other alternatives mentioned. With Snagit, you can even annotate screenshots and record screencasts. Plus it integrates with Google Drive, so your images and vids are automatically saved in the cloud.

    • Kelly Rush

      Thanks for the mention Juan! Like you said, Snagit for Chrome does both screenshots AND screencasts…and don’t forget, you can also turn your screencasts into animated GIFs. We love feedback too, so if you have ideas for what else would be useful, make sure to contact us!

  • 5Celcious

    Nimbus screenshot!

  • http://www.artfors.se/ artfors

    I use Evernote Chrome extension

  • Roland

    I use the ctrl + Multitasking button.

  • nuovodna

    Nimbus!

  • hamza mribti

    Lightshot

  • Karsten Klokkerholm

    Snagit. One of my most used tools.

  • Paulo

    CleanSave when I need to amend the page selections or ctrl+shift+F4 for pointer selected items (just left click and drag what you want to save)

  • aaphid

    Evernote Web Clipper is what I use. It has inherited most of the goodness from the Skitch app.

  • aBabyPenguin

    The Snipping Tool is one of my favorite additions to Win7. It’s much better than simply using the Print Screen button imho.

  • http://leo-allen.tumblr.com/ Leo Allen

    Nimbus

  • Adam W. Warner

    Hi Joey-Elijah, these are indeed some great alternatives but if you might be interested to know that our company has created a brand new Chrome extension named FooCapture that you may want to check out.

    We’ve been developing it for several months (before the Awesome Screenshot debacle came to light) and we think we’ve got something that will change the way people take and utilize screenshots, especially when using WordPress to publish.

    Please have a look here for more details and how to get in on the public beta release:
    http://foomedia.io/awesome-screenshot-alternative/