When comparing Greenshot (for Windows) vs FastStone Capture, the Slant community recommends Greenshot (for Windows) for most people. In the question“What are the best screen capture tools for Windows?” Greenshot (for Windows) is ranked 2nd while FastStone Capture is ranked 7th. The most important reason people chose Greenshot (for Windows) is:
Greenshot is licensed under GPL with source code available on [BitBucket](https://bitbucket.org/greenshot/greenshot).
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Pro Free and open source
Greenshot is licensed under GPL with source code available on BitBucket.
Pro Allows annotating, highlighting and obfuscating screenshots
Pro Can capture an entire webpage
Instead of just capturing the visible portion of the page, this tool can capture all of the page in one image by scrolling through the page, taking images at set points and then stitching the images together.
Pro Selecting custom rectangle is the default
Easy to use selection tool with a magnifier to select only the part of the screen that you need.
Pro Freezes screen when you capture
When you enter a capture mode, the screen content is preserved as it was when you started capturing.
Pro Can be quickly invoked with the print screen button
Pressing the print screen button will allow you to select the captured area.
Pro Classic UI design makes it easy to use.
Pro Output to clipboard or any of a dozen formats
Such as saving images in BMP, GIF, JPEG, PCX, PNG, TGA, TIFF and PDF formats as well as the screen recorder saving videos in the WMV (Windows Media Video) format.
Pro Great capture flexibility, from full screen to freehand region
Pro The most lightweight, full featured snapshot for Windows.
This responsive, lightweight screenshot will probably be your favorite if you really run it through the test, A scrolling window capture that works, integrated image joining, scanner support, good magnified preview when setting boundaries, support for video capture and editing. Free upgrades for paid version with option for portable. Closest alternatives to feature set are Snagit and Shared, but this one feels much snappier with just the right features for the majority of people. Try it, you will not regret.
Pro Onboard editing, or output to external programs
You can assign hotkeys for everything. Current setup is:
F5 - Fixed rectangle capture
F6 - Custom (drag a square) rectangle capture
F7 - Video capture 30fps
F8 - Fullscreen capture
F9 - Scroll fullscreen capture
F10 - Summon FS to appear if hidden.
Pro You can capture disappearing items
When capture hotkey pressed - FSC will pause all functions going on in your screen so you can capture website dropdown menu for example, which would disappear otherwise when you leave the website window to press the capture tool.
Always available via hotkey, doesn't interfere with any programs or operations.
Con This version only works on Windows, not Linux nor Mac
However, the same author now has a separate version of Greenshot for iOS, which is available (for a small fee) in the Mac App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/greenshot/id1103915944