Help & Tutorial
CaptureIt! is an amazing screen capture tool.
It allows making screenshots
as well as recording screencasts
, and exporting them to various formats
(even for iPhone
We recommend adding CaptureIt! to your Dock for easier access to it in the future:
CaptureIt! works in the 'stealth mode
', so when you launch it, you'll see its user interface, but you won't see CaptureIt! in the Application switcher (CMD-Tab). However, when you'll see the CaptureIt! interface, you'll know that it was launched: the screen will be dimmed except of a window under the mouse pointer.
The major advantage of CaptureIt! is that while it is running, you can keep using your Mac without interruptions, and perform any actions! So working with CaptureIt! is almost transparent for the user.
You can always quit CaptureIt! by clicking its icon again (whether in Dock or in Finder) - it works like a trigger.
- User Interface
The CaptureIt! user interface consists of a small floating toolbar
and a menu
attached to it.
Most of the time, you see only the small toolbar.
Application's toolbar can be slightly moved by pressing the Shift
key to allow work with things under the toolbar.
The toolbar and current selection stay on the same place while Ctrl
You may think of the menu as a simple palette
attached to the toolbar containing available functional items that you can use right in place or move to the toolbar, if you use them often.
You can open the menu at any time by clicking the 'Open menu' icon in the toolbar.
To add items from the menu to the toolbar, drag them while holding the Option key
To re-arrange toolbar items, drag them within the toolbar while holding the Option key
To remove an item from the toolbar, drag it out of it while holding the Option key.
There is only one exception: You can't remove the 'Open menu' icon from the toolbar.
Hover the mouse pointer over toolbar and menu items to see helpful tooltips
To set up the behavior of many interface items, use the CaptureIt! Preferences (see bellow).
- Selection Mode
CaptureIt! supports the following selection modes:
- Auto-selection (default): the selection follows the mouse pointer, and it is automatically resized to fit the current window, menu, dialog, widget, desktop icon (on OSX prior 10.6), etc.
- Manual selection: When you open CaptureIt! Menu, you can adjust the current selection manually:
- Click and hold the left mouse button inside the current selection to move the entire selection
- Click and hold the left mouse button on a selection border hotspot to resize the current selection
- Click and hold the left mouse button outside the current selection then move the mouse pointer to make a new custom selection
- Click and release the left mouse button on any window to select it immediatelly.
You can make screenshots of any windows or custom selections.
First of all, select the area you need, and then click the 'Capture image' or 'Timed capture' item in the toolbar or the menu.
To make a screenshot of a window without its background
, hold the Command key while clicking 'Capture image' or 'Timed capture'.
The resulting screenshot file is placed to your Desktop (by default) or in the folder specified in the CaptureIt! Preferences. Additionally, the screenshot file is placed to the CaptureIt! history
The history holds up to 20 most recent screenshots.
You can open and close the history by clicking the Badge
icon which also indicates the number of screenshots in the history. The badge automatically appears on the toolbar after you make the first screenshot.
To navigate the history, use the arrows on the left and on the right of the history view.
The history allows quick sharing of your screenshots with your friends, for example, via iChat - just Drag & Drop
an image from the history right to a chat window.
If you double-click an image from the history, it will be opened in the default application.
- Video Recording
CaptureIt! also allows recording screencasts and exporting them to various formats.
First of all, select the required area, and then click Record video in the toolbar or menu.
To stop screen capturing, click the CaptureIt! icon on the menubar:
After screen capturing is stopped the CaptureIt! Encoder
tool is launched.
During a video recording, CaptureIt! produces a video file in lossless CIVID(X)
format (something like well known RAW
format for digital cameras). The CIVID(X) file contains raw screen data
encoded with our proprietary high-performance codec. Intermediate CIVID(X) files are required lower CPU & Memory usage and increase the FPS rate.
Next, the CIVID(X) file has to be converted to a common video format.
You can set up video codec, quality, and scaling options and save them as a preset
for the later use:
CaptureIt! Video Encoder allows simultaneous encoding of several video files.
With the layered screenshot feature you can make a shot of all windows on screen at one time and then rearrange windows as you like, e.g. change the order or position of windows, hide unnecessary window, etc. There are several options for saving this image: just drag the selected layer to preferred location or save the whole composited image. Also you can save all the layers as separate images.
- Spruce Up Your Images
To spruce up your screenshots before publication, use Picturesque
Just drag an image from the CaptureIt! history right to the Picturesque window, adjust effects, and then drag the image out of Picturesque.
It is a very easy to use yet powerful tool.
- CaptureIt! Components
CaptureIt! consists of two applications: One of them is the main application called CaptureIt!. It is designed to work in the stealth mode, and includes a helper application that calls the CaptureIt! Tools.
The CaptureIt! Tools application consists of the Preferences, the Layers Editor and the Video Encoder.
You can configure many aspects of CaptureIt! behavior by using the Preferences available in the CaptureIt! Tools application.
Some preferences require restarting CaptureIt! for them to take effect.
To access CaptureIt! Preferences, click Open application preferences on the CaptureIt! toolbar or in the menu.
You can also use the CaptureIt! Tools to register your copy of CaptureIt!. To do it, just open the CaptureIt! Tools by clicking Open application preferences on the CaptureIt! toolbar, or in the menu, and then choose CaptureIt! Tools > Registration... menu.
Each registered user
receives a special x-captureit
link attached to the license e-mail. If you are a registered user, you can open this link in Safari, and CaptureIt! will register your license automatically, thus eliminating any errors possible while entering your license manually.
- Coming soon...
- Adding comments to, and drawing on screenshot
- Optionally split large CIVIDX to internal chunks 1 or 2 Gb (for FAT32 drive/partitions support)
- Fast Tasks
- Localization to more languages
- Much more improvements...
Do you have comments or suggestions?
to write an e-mail with your suggestions to our Support Service.