Capto: An All-in-One Screen Capturing and Editing Tool for Mac
One app to capture, edit, and share screengrabs!
- Capto is a full-fledged screenshot and screen recording utility for Mac.
- It lets you take screenshots, record the screen, and edit your screenshots/screen recordings, all within one app.
- Capto’s most impressive features include iPhone/iPad screen capturing, multiple capture modes, context menu capturing, a built-in web browser, and quick share functionality.
Screenshotting and screen recording are two ways to capture the contents on your computer screen. Depending on whether you need a still or a video, you can use either method accordingly to save a snippet of your screen’s content for future reference, share it online, or send it to someone who needs help troubleshooting their device.
If you’re on Mac, macOS gives you a built-in screen capturing tool to take screenshots and record the screen conveniently. However, even though this native tool works well, it isn’t very versatile due to the lack of multiple capturing modes and a missing built-in editor for editing the captured screengrabs.
As a result, you must rely on third-party screen capturing apps for these operations. Capto is one such app for Mac. It allows you to capture screenshots, record the screen, edit your screen captures, and directly upload or share them online, all within one app.
Follow along as we check out Capto and explore the features that make it one of the Mac’s best screenshot and screen recording utilities.
What Is Capto?
Capto is a full-fledged screenshot and screen recording utility for Mac. It lets you take different kinds of screenshots, record the screen, edit the captured screenshots and screen recordings, and share or upload the clippings on sites like YouTube, Dropbox, Tumblr, etc.
All your captured screenshots and screen recordings are stored on the Capto library, and you can even choose to organize them by folders so that it’s easier to locate them later.
What Features Does Capto Offer?
Being an all-in-one screen recording and editing solution, Capto offers a range of features to help you take better screengrabs on your Mac. Here’s a list of all the features of Capto that make it worth a try:
- Multiple capture modes
- Context menu capturing
- Menu bar mode for quick screen capturing and recording
- Built-in web browser for taking screenshots of webpages
- Multiple screen recording modes (including FaceTime)
- iPhone and iPad screen recording on Mac
- Built-in image editor with all essential image-editing tools
- Built-in video editor with most of the necessary video-editing tools
- Different export options
- Quick screenshot/screen recording sharing on Drive, YouTube, Tumblr, Dropbox, etc.
- Smart collections to sort screenshots and screen recordings separately
- File information
- Tags for systematic organization of screenshots/screen recordings
What Can You Do With Capto?
Capto isn’t just an average screenshot and screen recording app: it’s an all-in-one utility that streamlines the screenshotting and screen recording workflow into a single app, so you don’t have to rely on other apps for editing or sharing screenshots and screen recordings on your Mac.
Below is a breakdown of all of Capto’s core functionalities:
1. Take Screenshots
One of Capto’s key features is taking screenshots, and the app manages to do a good job of facilitating it. With it, you get a bunch of different screenshot options, which should suffice almost all of your screenshot needs.
Here are all the kinds of screenshots you can take with Capto:
- Screen: It lets you take a screenshot of your Mac’s screen.
- Area: It allows you to select an area on the screen to capture. This can be a rectangle, circle, or any random shape on the screen.
- Window: It lets you screenshot app windows on your Mac’s screen.
- Menu: It gives you the ability to take a screenshot of the context menu of an app/program. You don’t get to see this option on most screenshot apps.
- Web: It lets you open a webpage in Capto’s built-in web browser and capture it entirely or selectively. Plus, you also have the option to capture screenshots of DOM elements on the webpage and even take scrolling screenshots.
2. Record Screen
Besides capturing screenshots, Capto also allows you to record your Mac’s screen. There are two options for this: screen and area, which are pretty self-explanatory. With both of these screen recording modes, you also get a few additional options to help you enhance your screen recordings.
For instance, you can choose to record audio from the microphone or external device depending on your requirement. Similarly, you have the option to show/hide the cursor in your screen recording and highlight mouse clicks, which can come in handy if you’re demonstrating something on the screen.
3. Record iPhone/iPad Screen
Much like how you can capture the screen of your Mac, Capto also lets you record the screen of your iPhone/iPad. For this, you simply need to connect your iPhone/iPad to your Mac and run Capto, after which you can record its screen and add a voiceover (if you’re creating a tutorial) to it.
We find this to be Capto’s most helpful feature—and something you don’t get to see on many screenshot/screen recording apps.
4. Edit Screenshots and Screen Recordings
Once you’ve captured a screenshot or a screen recording, Capto allows you to edit it using its built-in editor. This saves you the hassle of importing the image or video into another editing app and editing it there, and in turn, streamlines your workflow.
Talking about the editor, with Capto’s image editor, you get almost all the essential image-editing tools, such as crop, blur, highlight, spotlight, erase, callout, annotate, arrow, etc., which allow you to modify your screenshots as needed.
Similarly, this also extends to its video editor, which packs all the necessary video-editing tools you would need for editing screen recordings. A few of these tools include crop, trim, annotate, arrow, callout, blur, and text.
5. Upload Screenshots or Screen Recordings Online
If, after capturing and editing your screenshot or screencast, you wish to upload/save it online, Capto has you covered for that as well. It has a share button built right into the app that makes it really easy to upload your screenshots or screencasts to sites like YouTube, Google Drive, Tumblr, etc., without having to open the browser.
Capto Pricing Plans
Capto is a paid app and costs $29.99 (or Rs 824) for a Single User lifetime license. It’s also available on Setapp, so if you have a Setapp subscription, you can use Capto for no extra cost.
The app is currently discounted by the developers and is now available at 45% off for a limited time, bringing the effective price down to $16.49.
However, to get you started, Capto offers a 7-day free trial that lets you test out the app (and all its features) on your Mac for free before you decide to pay for it.
Create High-Quality Tutorial Videos Using Capto
If you’re a content creator, blogger, or teacher who needs to create presentations or demos for software or troubleshooting, a good screen capture utility is an absolute necessity on your Mac. One that allows you to capture screenshots, record the screen, and edit the captured screengrabs or recordings, all within one app.
While you can find several screenshot/screen recording apps for Mac out there, we feel Capto tops them off, thanks to its extensive feature set, which lets you take various kinds of screenshots, record your iPhone/iPad screen, edit them, and share them online with a single click.