Screen Capture and Recording for Mac OS X
Capture Me is a flexible screen capture and recording utility for Mac OS X which features a floating capture window, several saving options, and resize ability.
To use the program, drag and resize the floating window to cover the area you want to capture. Then click in the window to capture the screenshot. You can resize it, copy it to the clipboard, and save it in a variety of formats and locations. Its behavior is customizable with respect to what happens after a capture. A newly added movie recording mode now allows up to a one minute long QuickTime movie (no sound) to be produced.
What advantage does Capture Me hold over the built in OS X screencapture facility? For some tasks, the answer is simple - there is none - the built in screen shot is elegant and easy to use. However, there are occasions when it's nice to be able to choose what file format your capture saves in, copy it to the clipboard without holding down four keys at once, or resize it on the fly. It's also common to want to take successive shots of the exact same position on the screen without moving the capture region at all, or make all your captures the same size. These tasks are trivial with Capture Me, but difficult at best with the built in utilities. Another possible use is as a floating capture pad - see the comment below for an example of one user who does this.
"When I'm working I flip around through several programs constantly, but often I'll need to see something in Illustrator while I'm working in Photoshop, as an example. That doesn't mean I need to import what's in Illustrator, I just need to see it for a reference. Because Capture Me has a window that floats above all other apps it's perfect for this, so I'm using it as sort of an image sticky note. This has been an enormous time saver many times and in lots of different ways."
- Kevin Horn
Version 1.3 has been rewritten from the ground up using Cocoa and OpenGL and is up to four times faster than the previous version. This version is also a universal binary offering equal support for Intel and PowerPC processors. Capture Me is freeware although donations are appreciated and help keep future versions coming.
Capture Me 1.4 is now available in the downloads area. This version adds the ability to record and save short, simple MPEG-4 QuickTime movies (no sound).
"Logiciels Attrape-moi! Capture Me, comme son nom l’indique, permet à l’utilisateur de faire des copies d’écran. Gratuit, l’utilitaire a pour lui d’offrir une fonction que n’offre pas le module intégré à Mac OS X : il permet de dessiner à l’écran une zone dont on peut ensuite modifier les dimensions. Le développement de la nouvelle version a été l’occasion d’une réécriture en profondeur pour s’appuyer sur Cocoa et OpenGL, et, de là, pour offrir l’universalité."
Capture Me is open source for your peace of mind.
- Free (and open source)!
- Globally floating capture window.
- Record short MPEG-4 QuickTime movies.
- Fast screen captures (uses OpenGL).
- Ability to down scale captures (proportionally or not).
- Save as PNG, JPEG, JPEG 2000, TIFF, or GIFF.
- Adjustable translucency of capture window.
- Several ways to adjust the size and position of the capture (move the window, arrow keys, scroll wheel).
- Nifty capture sound.
- Options to auto-save to desktop, auto-copy to clipboard, etc.
- Barest beginnings of AppleScript support.
- Written with Cocoa - native to Mac OS X.
- Universal binary - Intel, PPC native.
Ideas for Future Enhancements
- Improve support for capturing across screen boundaries - currently the screen containing the bottom left corner of the window is captured.
- System wide command key.
- Improved AppleScript support.
(Contact us with any other ideas you have!)