I was working on a video tutorial to create poster images for video and audio. I was actually planning just to show how to create a screen shot on Windows and then extract the part that is needed. When I suddenly thought, “Let’s find free software to snapshot only the area of the screen I’m interested in”. I know TechnSmith(makers of Camtasia) has a tool like that, but it is quite expensive for what it actually does and it is kind of bulky. Anyway, I googled screen capture software and bumped into a nice little piece of software that is really good, namely: MWSnap from Mirek, a screen capture utility at http://www.mirekw.com/winfreeware/mwsnap.html
It is dead easy to install, works fantastic and you can even quickly pick a color from whatever element on your screen and read its color values. Select any area is the functionality I found the most useful. I’m actually so happy with this app that I’m going to keep it. Often I test stuff and clear it out, but this definitely is going to stay! I’m not sure it will work on Windows8 or higher, as the software is from 2002. But then, there is Skitch, that is excellent as well.
If you have no screenshot software yet and you are on XP, this free tool is worth the try. Here is the url again: http://www.mirekw.com/winfreeware/mwsnap.html