For the most part, I always go to Download.com when I need to grab some new software. I search, then refine my search to show only free programs. They are great because no software on Download.com will have embedded advertising trojans or spyware ("Safe, Trusted and Spyware-free").
Now, one thing I do frequently that is frustrating is making PNG (picture) files from screencaps. My process to date has been to:
- Hit PrintScreen
- Go to Start >> Programs >> Accessories >> Paint
- Shift-insert into Paint, then cut out the relevant portion, then File >> New, Yes, then another Shift-insert, then Save As as a PNG file.
That's a lot of steps. So I went to Download.com and discovered Screen Print & Capture 32 3.5. The editors at Download.com (which is owned by CNET) like it and so do the users. I'm now one of them. It's a real time saver. It's nice that I can define the screen area and have the file auto-saved as PNG.
Importantly, I haven't been able to tell a difference in quality between my old method and this new generically-named gem. See below. Differences seem to be based solely on the area I selected.