When comparing ShareX vs FastStone Capture, the Slant community recommends ShareX for most people. In the question“What are the best screen capture tools for Windows?” ShareX is ranked 1st while FastStone Capture is ranked 5th. The most important reason people chose ShareX is:
ShareX is licensed under GPL with source code available on [GitHub](https://github.com/ShareX/ShareX).
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Pro Free and open source
ShareX is licensed under GPL with source code available on GitHub.
Pro Capturing (screen, video, a window, etc.) with annotation + automation
Capturing (screen, video, a window, etc.) with annotation + automation makes for some powerful workflows.
Annotation is key for research on any project size. Capturing screenshots, editing them ("annotating"), converting to a PNG, removing the background to make a transparent version, saving to google drive, creating large+med+sm sizes, uploading thumbnails, is an example of a workflow you could create. The list goes on...
You'll find the same strength & depth in features for image handling also for text, videos, other files by type, and on and on..
Pro Allows uploading to a vast number of different services
Designed as file uploader in the first place, ShareX supports overhelming amount of services for you to upload your files to and the list is expanding.
You can choose what shortcut key to bind your command to, as well what host it uploads the file to.
Pro Can capture video too
Apart from still images, ShareX allows the user to record unlimited video with all the options available for normal image capture.
Pro Has an editor
It has its own screen editing tool.
Pro Freezes screen when you capture
When you enter a capture mode, the screen content is preserved as it was when you started capturing by default. However there is a special "Light" mode where the screen does not freeze.
Pro It has a dead simple way for creating animated GIFs
It is great for creating software tutorials or highlighting new features in a sales function - nothing beats a well-placed animated GIF in an email.
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 The editor is rather simplistic
Con Scrolling window capture doesn't work always as expected
Sometimes might need to use another screen capture software to capture a scrolling page.
Con Too complicated
This is extremely customizable, but extremely complex! If you want something simple and intuitive out of the box, stay away from ShareX.