[Review] Jet Screenshot

JetScreenshot is a screenshot software by the makers of Folder Marker.

Version Reviewed:

2.0.0.0

Software description as per JetScreenshot.com:

Jet Screenshot is a freeware utility enabling you to share screenshot via the internet in seconds. It allows you to take a screen snap, edit it and send it to the Web, so that you can immediately provide anyone with a link to the image. Such an approach allows you to speed up sharing of ideas, facilitating further discussion. It’s ideal for remote work of programmers, designers, QA testers, bloggers, technical assistance specialists, sales managers, etc…

Download here: JetScreenshot.com

The Good

  • Lots of annotation options (text, draw, etc
  • Save to FTP, their server, a file, or even the clipboard
  • Ability to name the saving options.
  • Nice defaults.
  • Save to PNGs.
  • Crop!  For me this is a big one.

The Bad

  • When first opening, it says to click the icon. On Windows 7, the icon is hidden in the ^ button.
  • When I first went to make a screenshot, it bugged out and only had gray, white, and black areas. (It worked after that.)
  • No “show toolbar” button- just a right click.
  • Making two text boxes in a row doesn’t work.
  • Single-clicking anywhere when you have the line tool makes an apparently random line.
  • I couldn’t shrink the text boxes.
  • Not readily apparent how to change the colors. I found it by chance.

Rating (out of 10)

Features as Described

Works great.
10

Ease of Use

Very easy to use. A few minor bugs dilute the experience.
8

Usefulness

Could be potentially useful to the home or work audience.
9

Total

9
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Quick Verdict

If you need a screenshot software, I’d get it.

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Full Review

The whole install was completely painless. At first glance, it isn’t much, but then after reading between the lines, it’s pretty powerful. This program is effective and useful.

Here’s some of the things pointed out in the EULA:
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This is what the right click menu looks like in the status bar:


When you click change settings, here are the dialogs that come up:

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Like any good capturer, it offers Full screen, Region, Window, and a fast capture mode. Restore the last URL gives you the URL of the last uploaded file.
When you take a screenshot, you’ll find youself in a paused window with marching ants around it. To acess the toolbar (more of a toolbox), just right click. There you can see such things as crop, write, and draw.

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Overall, this is a quick and easy free way to snap your screen. It still needs a little work (see Bads) but is overall very good.

Free Alternatives:

Jing
What began as a freeware project to easily share basic screen captures and screen recordings has grown into a solid application and capture distribution system with a premium component.
-Download.com

Screenshot Captor
Whether documenting a computer problem or a favorite Web site, many computer users will someday need to capture exactly what’s on their computer screen. This program isn’t the most powerful screenshot tool, but it offers almost everything an average user will need in a easy-to-use interface.
-Download.com

ScreenHunter Free

When information comes across your screen that you do not want to forget, a screen capture is in order. While using inaccurate and confusing hot keys was once the preferred method, ScreenHunter Free offers an alternative that promises to simplify the process.
-Download.com

Gadwin PrintScreen
Excellent screen capture apps aren’t hard to come by, but excellent free ones are. With sophisticated features at no cost, it’s hard to reach higher than Gadwin PrintScreen. An attractive, easily navigated interface opens up a customization wonderland for users to decide default settings for shortcut key associations, capture preferences, and output.
-Download.com

Photobie
By providing normal editing techniques and adding some unique twists, the free Photobie takes aim at its higher-priced competition. Although novices will be overwhelmed by the numerous options, the program proved to be a very good image editor.

The most unique additions are embedded in a gray bar at the very top of the program. Here you can create a 3D cube, make a screen capture, and actually produce GIF animation with your picture and changes.
-Download.com

MWSnap
This outstanding freeware application makes capturing and editing screenshot images a breeze. MWSnap may come with an uninspired-looking interface, but it gets the job done without hassle. Its useful and very user-friendly features require no special expertise.

Final Verdict:

Jet Screenshot is a good and easy-to-use program. However, it is not one-of-a-kind- just look at how many there are in the free alternatives list. Those took me about one minute to come by on Download.com. To the developer, I must say, congradulations. This is a great freebie, and I hope it will stay updated and free! A great addition is the online storage.

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15 comments

  1. Ozzie

    Hi Rob. Thanks for that information! I will definitely look into this. Anything that makes saving web pages easier is extremely valuable for me. I really appreciate the time you’ve taken to put all this down!

  2. Rob

    Hi Ozzie,

    Internet Explorer has always had the ability to save as .MHT
    In the Save as Dialog, the dropdown has four choices –
    – Webpage complete (.htm with that horrible accompanying _files folder)
    – Webpage only (single .htm file, but most of the graphics will not display)
    – Text File
    – Web archive (single .MHT file)

    If we dismiss the Text file, and we want to keep the graphics, then .MHT is the simplest, and best way to go.
    Most of the browsers will display your .MHT file perfectly.
    FireFox can display them, and you don’t need the unMHT extension to view them.

    I save tons of web pages, and I could not live without .MHT
    EG I refuse to use Chrome, because it cannot save as .MHT (also I also like more control of things, and Chrome should offer menus)

    So I recommend that you experiment, by creating one in IE.
    And I am sure that if you compare a long web page (as .MHT) versus a jpg, you will prefer viewing it, in your favorite browser

    Rob

  3. Ozzie

    Hi Rob. At the risk of sounding totally ignorant, I had never heard of .MHT files before until you mentioned them. I’ll check it out though. I save my screenshots as JPEGs – basically because I find that to be the easiest … for me and the people I have to send them out to. I subscribe to the KISS principle: Keep It Straightforward and Simple!

  4. Rob

    Ozzie,
    Have you tried .MHT files ?
    I have managed to create a scrolled jpg, and I did not like the result (viewing it in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer).
    I much prefer viewing it as a .MHT
    Rob

  5. Ozzie

    Oh sorry Rob, I didn’t read your post properly (“I have done a couple of scrolling snapshots with PicPick, but it was not ‘a piece of cake”). I thought you were referring to SnagIt (d’uh). Yes, it was awkward, agreed, which was why I was looking for an alternative. But as I said, with Fireshot you can do it with one click as well from within the browser. It’s nice to be spoiled for choice, hey!

  6. Ozzie

    Hi again Rob. I don’t understand the difficulty, to be honest. Click on the correct icon and then click on the page. Done: full screen screenshot (yes, from Firefox). But as I said, if it doesn’t work for you, then so be it. Stick with PicPick. For me, SnagIt has been a dream. But it’s all a matter of personal preference.

  7. Rob

    Hi Ozzie,
    I have done a couple of scrolling snapshots with PicPick, but it was not ‘a piece of cake’.
    Have you tried saving the whole web page (from FireFox) ?
    Not as the default, with an accompanying _files folder, which is a nuisance, AND may contain file names/paths that are a mile long.
    But saving them as a .mht single file, instead.
    There is a FireFox extension called unMHT, which does the job nicely.
    It does not integrate into the File ‘Save As’ menu, but I have arranged a wee trick.
    When I wish to save a web page (as .MHT), all I do is –
    Swipe a couple of meaningful words, that will become the title of the file.
    Do Ctrl C (to copy those words)
    Do Ctrl Spacebar (to show the unMHT file ‘save as’ dialog)
    Do Ctrl V (to paste those words)
    Hit Enter
    And I have just saved the whole web page as a .MHT file

    Rob

  8. Ozzie

    Hi Rob. I loved PickPic too, but I loved SnagIt’s ability to take pics of the whole scrolling screen in one simple action and the built-in editor. Initially I tried an older free version of SnagIt. I was pretty hooked after that and shelled out for the latest version. With my work, I need to keep a copy of a lot of information on the web. Snapshots are the best way to do that. I found taking snapshots of scrolling pages with other apps cumbersome and problematic. However, the Firefox add-on Fireshot does take instant snapshots of scrolling web pages as well with one click – however, I only discovered that add-on recently. If I had discovered it earlier, I probably would have just stuck with that. But that said, SnagIt has features that other programs don’t, so I guess it comes down to just what you want to use it for. As Jean-Luc said, there are plenty to choose from. I think it’s just a matter of personal choice.

  9. Rob

    Ozzie,
    I am in love with PicPick.
    It does everything that I could imagine I need, and it does it simply and effectively.

    But when you said you had been using it, and had now moved on to Snagit, I figured I should at least check it out.
    Correct me if I am wrong, but is it $50 US ?
    (That stopped me in my tracks)
    Rob

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