We want to make snapshots of our own desktop very often. Even if we are browsing through a web page, playing a game, or simply watching a movie, it just happens that we need a certain still picture for that event. While there are a lot of screen grabbing tools, many of them have different advantages, but also lots of drawbacks. But if you need a quick tool for screen grabbing, GrabberRaster is surely for you. The program provides users with a fast way to make screenshots, thumbnails, and it can also resize the captured image, in a few steps.
Some screen capturing tools have problems when trying to make a caption of a running movie, giving as output a black picture. But not this one. GrabberRaster had a clean output every time I used it, on various types of tasks. The Looks
GrabberRaster has a simple, yet intuitive and very easy to use interface. You have the main grabbing window, accessible right from the start, which can be resized to your own needs. Moreover, you can access some features from the upper Finder panel. Here you can customize any option you need, and get access to all the features that the program has to offer.
These are all the elements contained in the interface. GrabberRaster was kept as simple as possible in order to attract any type of users that want to use a screen grabbing tool without having headaches by going through complicated menus. The Works
What makes a screen capturing utility great is the speed of the capturing process but, most importantly, the output. I tested GrabberRaster in various environments, like browsers, videos, games, and all the pictures taken have a good quality. The process of taking a desktop snapshot is easy.
Immediately after starting GrabberRaster, you can customize the size of the grabber window by setting the desired grabber size. You can also set a custom picture size, so your output can have a bigger or smaller resolution than the original picture. But be warned, if you set a resolution higher than the one of the grabber, the output will have a pretty bad quality, since the picture will be stretched in order to achieve the desired resolution.
If you don't want to work with resolutions, you can simply select the percentage of the grabbed picture that you want to be included in the output image. This option can be troublesome at times, since you can easily change the percentage by mistake, thus being forced to make a new screenshot.
A nice thing about the program is the ability to create thumbnails. You can place the grabber window on top of a working project and make beautiful thumbnails that can be saved in popular image formats. From the File menu, you can set the output format that can be JPEG, PNG or TIFF, according to your own needs.
You can also make a quick grab with the default resolutions. This is not recommended though, since you may need other resolutions than the ones originally provided by the software.
From the grabber panel, you can easily set a custom resolution for the screen capturer. You can choose between some standard resolutions, including HD, like 1900x1200, or insert you own, custom resolutions. You can also change the grabber size for the grabber by using a key combination. It may sound complicated, but in fact, it's very easy, and it may be the best solution if you need to make quick resolution changes.
You can make fast changes to the default options by accessing the defaults panel. Here you can customize the output format, the place where the output images are placed, and also choose the default program that will be used to open your pictures.
This is very useful, since many users will want to change between formats when using the software. Also, the ability to switch the place where the images will be saved is pretty important, since you can take screenshots for lots of programs and place each one in a different folder.The Good
GrabberRaster is fast, does not need too many computer resources, and can be customized according to your needs. You can make screenshots, thumbnails from anything located on your desktop, and save them in the format of your choosing. A nice feature is the ability to make HD screenshots, from a running movie. You can also minimize the grabbing window and place it anywhere on the screen, without being bothered by it.The Bad
If there is a bad thing about GrabberRaster, this would be the price (29$) you have to pay in order to use the ScreenCasting feature. If you do not need this particular feature, you can use GrabberRaster for as long as you want, without any other limitation.The Truth
GrabberRaster comes with a simple interface, a lot of customization options, and a fast speed. The program is one of the best screen capturing utilities I worked with, and it will certainly be enjoyed by people who want simplicity. Of course, you have to pay to be able to use ScreenCasting, but you can use the other features for free. But don't take my word for it. Download GrabberRaster and see for yourself.Here are some snapshots of the application in action: