ScreenCloud, an open source and multiplatform tool with which we can take 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, either full screen, 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 is hosted on 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 a rectangle: Shift + Alt + 2
- Active window capture: Shift + Alt + 3
Subsequently, a window will appear informing us that the application is compatible with the most popular cloud storage services, so that we can select all those that interest us, so that the program takes care of install the corresponding plugins. Once finished, we can start using ScreenCloud regularly.
To be able to take any type of screen capture, we can use the hotkeys previously seen. We can also access the taskbar and find the application icon. Clicking on it with the right button will display the options that we have available: Capture Full Screen (full screen shot), Capture Selection (capturing a portion of the screen) or Capture Windows (capture of a window). All the captures that we make will be saved by default in the Windows clipboard.
We will also find the section of Preferences (Preferences), from where we can make different configuration options.
On the one hand, we have the section of general, from where we can activate or deactivate the boxes so that the application runs when Windows starts, shows us notifications, makes sounds when capturing or that the window captures are made 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 set its quality between 0 and 100) or PNG.
From the Hotkeys section the program gives us the possibility of configure hotkeys to make any of the three types of screen available. Thus, if we do not like the configuration that comes by default, we will only have to click on the corresponding box in Shortcut within each type of capture to make the combination of keys that interests us the most. In case we regret it and want to return to the default configuration, just click on Restore defaults.
In the Online Services tab we will see the different supported storage servicess. If we have added cloud-based services during the installation, here we can configure it by logging in, so that later we can decide if we want the captures made to be saved directly in the cloud. To do 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 (Save) and both applications will be linked creating a folder called Screenshot in Dropbox where the captures we make will be hosted.
Once finished with the preferences, within the ScreenCloud drop-down menu we will find the option Save to. From here we can select if we want all the captures to be saved by default in the Windows clipboard, in the cloud services that we have configured (in this case Dropbox) or, with the option Ask me, so that every time we make a capture it asks us where we want it to be saved.
ScreeenCloud is an open source and multiplatform application that we can download from the developer website. It is compatible with operating systems Windows, macOS and Linux. From its website we download an installation file of 38.9 MB. 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 to have a 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 screenshots, either full screen, just 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. The use of PicPick is free for personal use and we can download from their website.
If there is a well-known and popular application with which to take 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, we just have to download it from its official website.