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Lightshot Review: The Lightest Screen Capture Tool

There are plenty of screenshot apps and popular screenshot software like Snagit out there. However, taking screenshots on your Windows or Mac was never been easier like the Lightshot.

Lightshot is a screen capture tool developed by the Skillbrains which is extremely easy to use for capturing screenshots on your Mac, Linux or Windows systems. It is extremely lightweight as well. Even if it has a plenty of different functions to let you print your desktop, it doesn’t have a separate UI! All you have to do is pressing the print screen button on your keyboard and select the area that you want to capture.

It will instantly show a number of tools to enhance the capture by adding text, shapes, colors, etc. After making the necessary changes, just save it right from the screen to whatever location you like. Unlike in many other screenshot software, you will not be able to organize and manage the taken screenshots unless you reach the saved location or create an account on their website. In other words, Lightshot doesn’t come with a separate image organizer or even a basic software window. All you get is a configuration window where you can control the screenshot configurations.

Lightshot Interface

Lightshot has a very simple interface represented on the screen capture screen itself. All the available tools and functionalities will be listed around the area of selection. You can find various tools such as adding text, shapes, colors, marker, arrows, etc. alongside some saving and sharing options like cloud upload, social media sharing, printing, etc. You can do everything from the screen capture window itself without having to access the screenshot folder.

The best thing we found in this tool is the easiness to capture, save, and upload the screenshots. It allows taking screenshots very quickly one after other. Many other screenshot software doesn’t allow doing that. In addition, you will be able to access your screenshot history after creating an account on their website. It can be counted as a replacement for the missing screenshot organizing window.

All in all, the interface of the Lightshot screen capture tool is perfect, and nothing difficult is there in the usage. It is fast, reliable, and extremely efficient to take multiple screenshots continuously.

Lightshot Features

The Lightshot is a lightweight application but has a number of useful features to let you take, manage, and upload your screenshots. It is one of the easiest applications to take screenshots on your Windows or Mac devices as well as on the browsers like the Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. If you are interested in knowing more about the tool, have a look at the features of Lightshot listed below.

Easy screen capture

The screen capture using the Lightshot software is very easy. After installing the tool on your PC or Mac, all you have to do is pressing the prt scn button on your keyboard. A dark overlay will be displayed over the current screen. Clicking and dragging your mouse will select the area to be captured. Alongside that, a number of functions and tools will be displayed outside the selected area. You can edit the screenshot real-time before saving them to your device. Or you could also share them directly from the screen itself.

It is very easy to use the application even for the beginners. From our testing procedure, we never felt a problem with the tool. However one small con we found on this tool is the lack of different capture modes such as window mode, full-screen mode, scrolling capture, etc. If you can adjust with that, there is no point in avoiding this software to take screenshots on your computer or laptop.

Numerous editing options

Lightshot is coming with a built-in editor with some basic editing features like adding text, drawing rectangles, and changing colors. Instead of providing a separate editing screen to enhance the images, the software will let you edit the screenshots right after selecting the area to be captured. Then you can save to any location as you like. There are no advanced editing options in the tool. So, if you need a built-in advanced image editor with a lot of functionalities, you may go for any other tools of this kind.

Share the screenshots right from the Lightshot

You don’t have to depend on an extra application to share your screenshots with your friends or family. There are plenty of sharing options available on Lightshot which will help you to share your Lightshot screenshots with any person you like. You can share your images on the social medias like Facebook, Twitter, VK, and Pinterest or can directly upload them to the cloud service provided by the prntscr.com. The uploading process is very fast and is enough for the basic screenshot saving needs.

Similar image search

Have you ever heard of the reverse image search which lists the similar images on the Google search? If you don’t know, try the similar image search on the Lightshot. It will let you find all the similar images to your screenshots by searching them on Google. It is a unique feature which we were not able to find in most of the previously tested screen capture software.

Available for browsers too

The usability of the Lightshot is not only limited using the software. The company has implemented browser extensions of the tool which is available on the Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera browsers. You can download them from the respective extension stores.

Pros

  • Very easy to use and lightweight
  • Very fast screen capture
  • Numerous editing options
  • Can directly save to the cloud or social media
  • Browser extensions

Cons

  • No capture modes
  • No separate editing screen with advanced tools

Verdict of the Lightshot Review

Lightshot is a very useful tool for easily taking screenshots on your devices. It is lightweight, efficient, and usable by any person who has the basic knowledge of computers. If you are looking for a basic screenshot application without any advanced operations and functions, Lightshot will be the right choice.

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