Sharing screenshots from my computer has always remained a surprisingly cumbersome process for me. It usually begins with capturing a screenshot followed by a search in the destined folder which already houses a shedload of pictures, all with roughly similar thumbnails. Once located, I drag and drop it on some app or website like Twitter or WhatsApp. For the past few days, however, this activity has become a lot more efficient and effortless for me, all thanks to a new desktop utility called “Screenotate”.
Screenotate is a lightweight Mac and Windows tool which comes with a slew of nifty features for alleviating your screenshot-taking experience. For starters, the app has an inbuilt Optical Character Recognition engine which scrutinizes all your screenshots and logs them based on the content they contain. This also allows you to search the pictures by simply typing a specific keyword. In addition to that, Screenotate even catalogs the app it was taken on, the time, window title as well as the URL if it’s a browser. Screenotate processes all this information offline. Hence, you don’t need to worry about it misusing the content.
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Screenotate stores all the collected data in an HTML file instead of the usual PNG. You can still, of course, go ahead and extract just the image by launching it in a browser window. But you probably won’t do that since Screenotate also adds a little menu pane for quickly sharing your screenshots. All you need to do is click on its icon and drag the screenshot to the particular app or website. I cannot stress enough how convenient this is especially for someone like me who captures screenshots regularly.
Moreover, Screenotate works with your computer’s native shortcuts, so you don’t have to remember new ones. It also lets you configure custom keyboard shortcuts from the settings. Other than that, you can update the target folder for the screenshots and the maximum number of recent files you’d like on display in the menu.
Screenotate is certainly the type of app for which I’ve always felt the need for. However, it’s not perfect. There are a few flaws that I hope the developer fixes in the future updates. One of them is the lack of annotation tools. Secondly, it doesn’t directly integrate with cloud services such as Dropbox. Although I have a desktop backup tool running in the background, hence it’s not a deal breaker for me, at least.
Screenotate is a premium app, but you can still try it. The free version adds a watermark at the bottom right corner. To remove that, you’ll have to shed somewhere around $15 depending on where you live. The price is a bit on the higher side, and unless you absolutely need it, I won’t recommend buying it.