I thought I knew every type of free screen capture tool available, that was until I came across CloudShot. According to CloudShot’s changelog, the software has been around since late 2012 with the most recent version (5.1) released in March this year. Strange then that I’d never heard of it, especially seeing how it is actually a pretty neat tool.
As is the case with most free screen capture software, CloudShot’s built-in editor is fairly basic, however, it is a step above the pack in general and includes several nice sharing options plus a screen activity recorder to boot.
CloudShot – Download & Usage
CloudShot is available in both installer and portable versions, however, there is a minor caveat regarding the portable version – it does save some data in Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\CloudShot. The installer version consists of a 3.1MB download, with the portable version weighing in at 1.8MB (zipped folder). I elected to check out the portable version – portable is always preferable, yes?
CloudShot’s capture options are accessible from a right click menu associated with its cloud-shaped system tray icon, and it also includes various hotkey combinations to initiate actions:
As I mentioned earlier, the built-in editor is fairly basic but does allow you to insert customizable text and shapes (circle, square, frame, arrow) which is probably more than adequate for most casual users. As you can see from the screenshot above, CloudShot also provides a quick and easy way to share captures through Dropbox, Imgur, and via FTP.
Unusually for freeware, CloudShot also includes a screen recorder to record screen activity. Again, it’s fairly basic and output format is limited to gif only, however, it is surprisingly effective.
In a genre where there are plenty of options, CloudShot is one of the easiest to use and most effective free screen capture tools I’ve tested. Well above average and definitely worth checking out.
- More information, including a number of video guides: CloudShot Home Page
- Portable version is available from the Download page: Get Portable