Taking screenshots is a function that we usually perform relatively frequently with our computer. In general, simply press the Print screen key on our keyboard to capture the entire screen of our computer that is stored on the clipboard, so that we can later edit and save it with an image editor. We can also choose a program like ScreenCloud to be able to take our screenshots with additional functions.
ScreenCloud is an open source and multiplatform tool with which we can perform all kinds of image captures , offering compatibility with different cloud storage services such as Google Drive, DropBox, OneDrive, among others. We can make different types of captures, whether in full screen, from an active window or any selection we make from our desktop.
Install and configure ScreenCloud
Once we run ScreenCloud, a window will appear informing us that the application stays hosted in the Windows Taskbar, from where we can perform all its functions. Next, a window appears showing us the different keyboard shortcuts that we will have available.
- Full screen: Shift + Alt + 1
- Capture of a rectangle: Shift + Alt + 2
- Capture of active window: Shift + Alt + 3
Subsequently, a window will appear informing us that the application is compatible with the most popular cloud storage services, so we can select all those that interest us, so that the program is responsible for installing the corresponding plugins . Once finished, we can start using ScreenCloud on a regular basis.
In order to carry out any type of screenshot, we can use the shortcut keys previously seen. We can also access the taskbar and find the application icon. By clicking on it with the right button, the available options will be displayed: Capture Full Screen ( Capture Full Screen ), Capture Selection (Capture a portion of the screen) or Capture Windows (Capture a window). All the captures we make will be saved by default to the Windows clipboard.
We will also find the Preferences section, from where we can make different configuration options.
On the one hand, we have the General section, from where we can activate or deactivate the boxes for the application to run when Windows starts, show us notifications, make sounds when capturing or capture the windows with borders. We can also configure the delay time when taking the screenshot. By default it is set to 0.10 seconds. Finally, it allows us to choose the output format of the capture between JPG (that we can configure its quality between 0 and 100) or PNG .
From the Hotkeys section, the program gives us the possibility to configure the hot keys to make any of the three types of screen available. Thus, if we do not like the default configuration, we will only have to click on the corresponding box in Shortcut within each type of capture to make the key combination that interests us most. In case we regret and want to return to the default configuration, it will be enough for us to click on Restore defaults .
In the Online Services tab, the different compatible storage services will appear. If we have added cloud-based services during the installation here, we can configure it by logging in, so that we can later decide if we want the captured images to be saved directly in the cloud. For this, if we select, for example, Dropbox and click on Settings , we can log in so that our account is linked to the application. Once finished, click on Save and both applications will be linked creating a folder called Screenshot in Dropbox where the captures we make will be stored.
Once finished with the preferences, within the ScreenCloud drop-down menu we will find the Save to option. From here we can select if we want by default all the captures to be saved in the Windows clipboard, in the cloud services that we have configured (in this case Dropbox) or, with the Ask me option , so that every time let’s make a capture ask us where we want it to be saved.
ScreeenCloud is an open source, cross-platform application, which can be downloaded from the developer’s website . It is compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux operating systems. From its website we downloaded a 38.9 MB installation file. The installation is done quickly, without the program trying to install unwanted third-party applications. The latest version available so far is v.1.5.1 , corresponding to June 11, 2020 , which shows that it has good support and update policy from the developer.
Alternatives to ScreenCloud
If we need a program with which to take screenshots, and ScreenCloud does not convince us, we propose a couple of alternatives that may be very interesting.
It is a tool with which we can take all kinds of screen captures, either full screen, only a portion or the active window. It also allows us to perform basic editing functions of our captures, as well as upload them directly to different cloud services. PicPick is free for personal use and can be downloaded from its website .
If there is a known and popular application with which to capture and edit capture, this is ShareX. It is a tremendously complete tool, free and translated into Spanish, with which you can make all kinds of captures and edit them afterwards. If we want to try it, all we have to do is download it from its official website .