If you’ve ever wanted to make your own memes of people falling over, animals doing funny things or anything else that needs to be seen to be believed, Snagit is the app for doing it.
It’s also great for creating software or website demonstrations, tutorials and walkthroughs. The free version isn’t feature-limited, so you can take full advantage of all the app’s features before having to think about paying anything.
Why you need it
If you can’t justify a paid-for video capture and editing app but need to create a bit of visual content quickly, Snagit is hard to beat: the free edition is fully functional for 15 days and includes the ability to share to Screencast straight away.
It can scroll to capture bits of web pages that aren’t currently on screen, capture panoramas and infinitely scrolling web pages, capture anything from full screen to specific pixels and most importantly of all, make animated GIFs. The full version is currently £46.45, US$49.95 (about AU$65), but there are discounts for students, teachers and non-profit organizations that are almost half the price.
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