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Snaptop

With Snaptop you can save, open or email screen captures with a single keystroke. First, it allows you to save an image of your screen or the current window, in several file formats, for later reference. Secondly, you can open a screen image in your favorite application for display or editing. Thirdly, being able to email screenshots in a very simple manner can be very useful when someone needs remote assistance. After installing Snaptop on someone’s computer, he or she will be able to send of a screenshot by simply pressing the PrintScreen button whenever a problem occurs. An email containing the screenshot will be sent to a preconfigured email address. Call it the simplest form of desktop sharing, for when other tools don’t work over the used connection. Not even an email client is required.

Go to the Download page to download Snaptop.

Usage

Snaptop sits in your system tray and patiently waits until someone presses the PrintScreen button (optionally together with Alt, Ctrl or Shift). Below you can see Snaptop’s icon, the little camera in front of a desktop,  in the system tray.

Snaptop sits in the System Tray

After pressing the PrintScreen key on the keyboard, the following window will pop up. (Actually, this is the default action. You can also configure Snaptop to save, open or email immediately.)

Selector window

Here you can select if you want to save the screenshot to disk (the left button), email it to a friend (the middle button) or open it in the default application (the right button). With the small button showing an ‘x’ you can cancel the operation.

Configuration

Before everything works as described above, some settings have to be configured.

To open the Settings window, right-click the Snaptop icon in the system tray. (Move the mouse pointer over the icon and click the right mouse button.)

Snaptop Menu

Click Settings… and the following window will open.

Snaptop Settings - General tab

The following items can be configured:

  • Start when Windows starts: Check this box if you want Snaptop to load automatically when you boot your system.
  • Language: Here you can select a preferred language. If your language is not part of this list and you would like to translate Snaptop, leave a reply to a post on the News page.
  • Shortcuts: Here you can specify for each supported button combination which area of the screen is captured and which action is performed.
  • Copy screenshot to clipboard: Check this box if you want the screenshot to be available on the Windows clipboard.

After you click on the ‘Email’ tab, at the top of the window, the email settings will be shown:

The following items can be configured. Fill in the values that apply to your situation and Snaptop is ready to send screenshots by email.

  • Email addresses: Fill in the address of the (default) recipient and your own email address, respectively.
  • Enter message when emailing: Check this box if you would like to add a personal message to the emails before they go out.
  • Show notification when emailing: Check this box if you want to see a notification when a screenshot is being mailed. This also allows you to cancel the email operation (if you are quick ;-)).
  • Outgoing server: Fill in the address of the SMTP server of your internet provider.
  • Outgoing server requires authentication: Check this box if your provider requires authentication with a user name and password for its SMTP server. The User name and Password edit boxes will be enabled when this box is checked.

Click on one of the thumbnails below to see sample settings for Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail. (Note: Google has increased security for Gmail, so in order to use Snaptop with Google’s server, check out this page.)

Go to the Download page to download Snaptop.

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