Jing and SnagIt – quick and easy ways to take screenshots and screencasts!

December 1st, 2010 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Do you use the Print Scrn button to take your screen captures? Located above the Insert and Delete buttons on your keyboard, for years this button allowed us to literally print or capture what we saw on the screen. However, if we wanted to capture a specific part of the screen or capture a full website page which needed scrolling, things got more complicated and we had to use specialized programs. It was also pretty complicated to create a short narrated video of what we were doing on the screen!

But not anymore!

The tools Jing and SnagIt are among some of the new and innovative tools that make taking screen captures and short screencast videos easy!

Developed by TechSmith, these tools allow users to grab images and to record content straight off their computer screens to create dynamic presentations and videos.

Explore Adult Learning Centres Grey-Bruce-Georgian enhance visual learning with online image tools to see how Jing and SnagIt are used in a literacy program.



Jing allows you to take a picture or to make a short video of what you see on the screen and share it instantly via email or social media tools.

It can be used to:

  • collaborate on a design project
  • share a snapshot of a document
  • narrate a photo or video
  • capture steps to sign up for an account
  • show someone how to log onto your website
  • comment on students’ homework
  • post tidbits on Twitter or Facebook

The basic version of Jing is free, while Jing Pro is available at US $14.95 per year.

Both the free and Pro versions allow for:

  • screen capture and editing (in PNG format)
  • 5 minutes of narrated screen recording (you will need a microphone)
  • a free account on screencast.com with 2GB of storage/bandwidth for online sharing (Jing can add your recordings to this account automatically)
  • recording videos in SWF format

The Pro account also provides:

  • the option to record in SWF or MPEG-4 format
  • unbranded videos
  • the option to instantly share to YouTube
  • recording from Webcam

AlphaPlus has used Jing on many occasions. We mostly use it to develop short videos such us our Introduction to Google Calendar that we recorded using the Jing screencasting feature.

To learn more about Jing, visit http://www.techsmith.com/jing/

Click here to download a free version of Jing.
Follow this link if you are interesting in purchasing Jing Pro.



SnagIt not only allows you to quickly take a picture of your screen, it also provides you with a wealth of tools to edit and save the image. You can capture the full screen, part of the screen, the full page (auto scroll tool) and much more. You can then edit the image – crop it, add text, add colour or other images to it – and then save it in many different formats.

Click here to explore all the features of SnagIt or watch the short demonstration video below.

Here at AlphaPlus we are big fans of SnagIt. Over the last few years, we have used it often to develop informational brochures and step-by-step guides where we included screen captures to illustrate the concepts we discussed. Even the screen captures of Jing included above in this article were taken using SnagIt. It took seconds to do it!

Just ask our colleague Nancy Friday about SnagIt – she is a big fan of this tool and finds it extremely handy when she is developing documents and overview information for her Moodle courses!

SnagIt is not free, but here at AlphaPlus we found that it was well worth the investment!

Give it a try by downloading a free 30 day trial. Let us know what you think. After we started using it, there was no turning back!

Learn more about SnagIt and explore the TechSmith’s Purchase section for different pricing options at http://www.techsmith.com/snagit/