There are many reasons you may need to capture part of your screen. May it be your computer or you smartphone, screenshots are needed for several different reasons. Taking a screenshot on your PC and automatically syncing across all the devices, that can make life a lot easier.
Like many tech-savvy users today, you may have a Dropbox account. If you need to take screenshots and use Dropbox, Cloudshot can help you automate a lot of work. CloudShot will automatically upload your screen grabs to your Dropbox folder.
You are probably thinking to yourself, Why not just use another screen capture program and just save the files to your local Dropbox folder. Well, that is an option. However, CloudShot offers a little more than just the option to save your screen captures in your Dropbox public folder. Let’s look at what makes Cloudshot unique.
CloudShot Basic Setup
There isn’t much to set up if you are just using CloudShot for screen captures. You can run through the setup wizard and you can start grabbing images from your screens right away. If you have another program that uses the Print Screen button, you will get an error like this.
When you click the Ok button, the settings window will pop up and let you change the hotkey combo used to activate CloudShot.
From that point, you can capture parts of your screen and save them to the default folder. That’s no different from any of the other screen capture programs out there. It saves your screenshots in JPG and PNG format, and keeps a history of 10 recent screenshots. You can access your recent screenshots by right-clicking the application’s system tray icon and selecting “Recent Shots” option.
This is where CloudShot excels. To link it to your Dropbox, you will need to open the settings.
In the settings, you will need to change a couple of things. First, you will need to select your Dropbox Public folder or a sub-folder as the destination for the screen grabs. This will make it easy to share too.
Once you select the destination path, you will need to make sure you uncheck the “Copy image to Clipboard” box. If you do not, you will get an error when you take a screen capture. You should also see “Dropbox integration enabled” like in the picture below.
How CloudShot links to Dropbox
Now that everything is set up, you may not notice any changes. But, there is in fact some changes to the background process. The most obvious change is when you take a screen capture, the image will be saved to your Dropbox and synced across all your devices automatically.
What also happens is, a link to your Dropbox folder is copied to your Clipboard. You can directly past this into an email or wherever so someone can view or download your screen capture easily.
Here is a sample link. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1811652/shot_1212011_64332_pm.png. (This link isn’t active – we’ve shown the link to let you know how the actual link will look like when its copied to your clipboard)
Here’s a short Video demo for working of Cloudshot:
- Ability to integrate with Dropbox.
- Ability to take a screenshots of specific screen region.
- Ability to take a screenshots of a window (by click in window).
- Ability to take screenshots of the menus and tooltips.
- Also has support to work with multiple monitors.
- History of recent 10 screenshots.
While there are other screen capture programs available CloudShot gives you the kind of Dropbox integration not offered by others. Having it save to your Dropbox and giving you an ready to access link to share is unique. CloudShot is worth the download if you are an occasional user or share a lot of your screen captures from your Public Dropbox folder.
Download and take CloudShot on a Test Drive.