Is there a support group for people who have an obsession with Chrome extensions? If so, I may need to join. One of my new favorites is the SnagIt Chrome Extension by TechSmith. For those of you who haven’t had the joy of using Tech Smith products, such as Camtasia, Jing and SnagIt, you are missing out! However, you are in luck with this FREE Tech Smith tool.
If you have a Mac like I do, you may already know that pressing the Control-Shift-4 key allows you to take a quick screenshot by dragging over a portion of your screen. This action literally creates a new PNG file on your desktop that you can email or upload as needed. I use this shortcut a lot, but I’m starting to rely more on the SnagIt Chrome extension when I’m in Chrome because it allows me to do so much more! I still use Control-Shift-4 or SnagIt for Mac for everything else.
My coworkers and I attended the NCTIES conference this week and in the middle of a session, we all realized that we were hungry and hadn’t made lunch plans! I quickly pulled up Google Maps and found the nearest dining locations within walking distance. I was able to use the SnagIt Chrome Extension to share my map with annotations via a group iMessage! Follow the directions below to see how I did this:
3. Click on Let Me Capture. (You’ll be asked to accept the terms and conditions.
4.Drag out an area to capture it.
5. You can instantly rename the image and use the editing toolbar to add arrows, shapes, and text.
6. Here you can edit the captured image with text, arrows, and shapes. You can even customize with different color choices and add text.
7. Now here comes my favorite part. No need to upload an image or drag and drop into iMessage. You can simply click on the SHARE button and a URL is instantly generated to share with others. Oh, and a TechSmith folder is also instantly generated within your Google Drive when you agree to the terms and conditions and all of your captures are added to that folder – automatically!!!
I think this extension serves as a huge timesaver for teachers AND students and you can use it to develop lesson plans, create graphics for projects and so much more. Plus, it’s easy and it’s FREE!