Capturing error screenshot is the most common task for the software testers. You might be using some free or licensed tool to accomplish this task. But today I’m going to share with you one very easy to use, functionality-rich screen capture and annotator tool which will make your work super simple.
Free Screen Capture Tool:
If you’re looking for a completely free screen capture extension for your browser then you might consider qSnap from QASymphony. This is a kind of utility that could prove useful for a much wider audience.
It allows you to:
We took it for a test spin to see what it can do.
You can get qSnap for all four of the major browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer. You’ll either download directly from the qSnap page or get it at the Chrome Web Store or the Mozilla Firefox Add-ons website. The download itself is tiny and you’ll be up and running in a snap.
As a screen capture tool, simplicity is vital, and qSnap really ticks the right boxes. Whenever you want to capture your browser window you simply tap on that qSnap icon. Your screenshot automatically opens in a new tab and you’ll find a toolbar along the top.
At the bottom, you’ll find the timeline of your screen captures as shown in the above image.
If you do want to share directly from qSnap then you’ll have to create a free qSnap account and log in. It is possible to use your existing Google, Facebook, or Twitter details, or you can create a new account. You can also just save screenshots to your machine; they’ll default to your Downloads folder where they’ll appear as JPG files.
Sample screenshot using its features: (click to enlarge image)
As we’ve already mentioned, qSnap is very easy to use. It’s intuitive and clear, and there’s nothing here that’s liable to confuse even novice computer users. Professionals will appreciate the time-saving inherent in the keyboard shortcuts.
Sharing screenshot as a group – One thing that really sets qSnap apart from the screen capture competition is the ability to have a session and share your screenshots as a group. When you grab a screenshot with qSnap, and the tool pops up in a new tab, as long as you keep it open, each subsequent screenshot you grab will appear in the same timeline. This means you can create a step-by-step guide with ease, which is especially handy for testers.
It’s also nice to see cross-browser support. It doesn’t matter if you use a different browser on your tablet and your laptop, you can still use qSnap and it will be instantly familiar. This is another boon for testers as they typically have to test websites or apps in all the major browsers.
This is a deliberately simple and accessible tool, so it feels unfair to suggest that more options could improve it, but there’s very little else to criticize. Since you can capture a whole session it might be nice to be able to export your timeline as a PDF with the screenshots joined together.
Its hosted service creates a history of your grabs. To delete an image you have to open each one individually. It would be nice to have the option to delete several captured images at once.
If you need a free screen capture tool for your browser then qSnap is a lightweight option that’s accessible enough for anyone to use. The timeline for a session, keyboard shortcuts, and sharing options make it attractive for any user, not just testers. This is a versatile image capture browser extension tool and it’s free, so there’s little reason not to try it. You can download it on this page.
About the Author: Simon Hill has a background in game development. He completed a Master’s Degree in Scottish History at Edinburgh University. He spent several years working in the games industry and lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two kids.
Do you use any other commercial or free screen capture tool? Which one? Also, share your experience if you are using or just tried qSnap. Let us know in comments below.