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Free screenshot program that respects Aero's transparency layer

I had been using a nifty piece of software called PrintKey2000 5.10, which ran on XP, Vista, and 7. It is no longer available and the following version is not free.

It has the ability to use and activate upon using the PrtScrn key, the ALT+PrtScrn key, and a feature that allows you to select a specific region on your screen.

Is there any comparable light-weight screenshot application that is free and has these three features and works on XP/7?

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    This question has nothing to do with preserving transparency. – Force Flow Oct 14 '10 at 1:12
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    But the responses in that question are applicable (and are probably going to be repeated) here. – Ash Oct 14 '10 at 1:24
  • There are bunch of decent software mentioned there. @Ash nails it. – Sathyajith Bhat Oct 14 '10 at 1:35
  • A single specific feature does not qualify a question for not being a duplicate. Duplicates are not just about the questions, but the answers it will attract. Keep this in mind in future. – BinaryMisfit Oct 14 '10 at 8:03
  • It is hard to understand why so many of you think the question is duplicated. You've neglect the chance that good screenshot program that cannot handle transparency appear as the answer. And, 2 questions are even mentioning different OS. – wilson Oct 29 '10 at 2:47

Windows 7 comes with the snipping tool, which can be activated via hotkey with a little tweaking.

Some nifty third party tools include Cropper:

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and of course, Gadwin.

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    This is not available on XP. I'm looking for something that will work for both operating systems. – Force Flow Oct 14 '10 at 0:42
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    Read on ..... :) – John T Oct 14 '10 at 0:44
  • Thanks, I've been trying out Greenshot and it has some nice features I like :) – Force Flow Oct 19 '10 at 23:13

My favourite: FSCapture 5.3 (last free version)

Portable, lightweight, free.

FSCapture 5.3


Use Irfan View, is is faster than XnView and allows to set up a capture hotkey, or start capturing with a delay (possible via hotkey too).


I know you are looking for a free solution; this is more of an FYI, in case you have Microsoft OneNote...

You can press Win - S to take a screenshot that is pasted inside the OneNote program...Then right-click the image (while it is selected), and click "Save As". You can then save the image anywhere you like...

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