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I'm looking for an easy tool to grab screenshots and put them in my public Dropbox folder. Preferably it would also give me the direct sharing url.

Bonus points for suggestions that let me select an area rather than the whole active screen.

It should at least work on Windows 7 and I'd prefer freeware. Any suggestions?

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Faststone Capture can do some of this (including capturing only part of the screen). It allows you to specify a location to put the file and will even autosave (assuming you have Dropbox setup as a folder).

screenshot with highlights

I love the program and use it daily to capture screenshots for training, documentation and for error codes.

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Not freeware, but you can accomplish the same thing with SnagIt.

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Create an All-In-One profile (allows for regions or entire screen) and have an autosave to the Public folder in DropBox (gives you direct sharing URL)

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+1 It's hard to beat Techsmith products :-) – Ivo Flipse Nov 30 '10 at 16:41

I find greenshot one of the best. It's light, fast, and has many options quick to access with right mouse button on the notification area icon.

Also, it's free and open source software.

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I'm actually using this right now, so a big +1 for you! – Ivo Flipse Nov 30 '10 at 18:02
It's a great app with cool dropbox plugin – latata Apr 11 '13 at 19:43
I prefer Lightscreen over this, as a general screenshot app, because Greenshot didn't allow me to edit the default hotkeys. – NiteCyper Jun 1 '13 at 9:58

Cropper is a free, open-source tool that runs on Windows, can capture screen shots or partial screen shots, and drop them where you want - on a filesystem folder, on, on Amazon S3, and in other places.

There's a set of plugins, also open source, that extends the "output" options for Cropper. One of them allows you to immediately open the image in Paint.NET , for example.

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Thanks man this thing is quite sweet! :) – leeand00 Mar 3 '11 at 19:49
Glad you like it. I use it all the time. – Cheeso Apr 15 '11 at 20:42

Dropbox Screen Grabber is a simple application which sits in the system tray and allows you to capture the screenshot of the whole desktop or the currently active window and save it to the Dropbox public folder.

If you specify your Dropbox user ID in the settings, application can also automatically copy your public file URL to the clipboard after taking the screenshot.

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Sorry I cheated :P – Sathya Nov 30 '10 at 19:23
I installed that one too ;) – Ivo Flipse Nov 30 '10 at 19:26

I consider freeware and simple is the best: "Gadwin Printscreen". It has many features, give it a look

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This sounds like the winner - just set the captured folder to your dropbox and bingo See this post on how to automate the process… – Noblejoker Aug 30 '11 at 4:17

I prefer to use Microsoft Snipping Tool found in accessories in the start menu. (I went through the trouble of taking pics, but apparently I don't have enough rep points)

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