If you do not want to use the Snipping tool that comes by default in Windows Vista and 7, you can try ourt ScreenParts. This application allows you to take screenshots of your whole screen or just parts of it so that you can paste them in an e-mail, document or in any other editor. With ScreenParts you can save the screenshot in various file formats such as PNG, JPEG, GIF or BMP.
I don’t know how many other screen capture programs you’ve tested but the majority of them do not allow you to customize the size of the capture before taking the screenshot. Well, this is where ScreenParts excels as it has a layer that can be used to size the capture to the whole desktop size or only to just parts of it. This interesting feature of ScreenParts clearly helps positioning it ahead of other competing screen capture software like Greenshot or Shotty.
If you want to take a screenshot, you will have to run ScreenParts and then customize the size of the layer that defines the new capture, to match the whole desktop or just a part of it. The size can be adjusted both horizontally and vertically, to your needs. Once you decide on the selection, just press the Enter key to take a screenshot with ScreenParts.
Another interesting feature of ScreenParts is the fact that it allows you to schedule a screenshot and also to set in advance the size of the layer (future capture). You can open up the settings menu for ScreenParts by selecting it from the tray icon.
The first setting that you can customize is the color of the background, the foreground along with the gorder color and opacity of the capture layer. In the settings menu you can also enable ScreenParts to run automatically when you boot-up. When you take a screenshot, ScreenParts will automatically copy the screen capture to the clipboard memory but it will not also save a copy of it on the hard drive. If you wish to do so, you will have to manually indicate the directory where you want ScreenParts to save it along with the desired file format: PNG, BMP, etc. You can create a preset of this setting by going to the Capture Settings tab from ScreenParts. There you can also enable the prompt for a file name or to choose for a default naming pattern.
Click here to download ScreenParts.