Have you ever wanted to take a screenshot and quickly share it with a friend, colleague or anywhere else online? I’ve been in this dilemma many times and have been looking for a tool that makes screenshot sharing quick and easy. Luckily I came across TinyGrab, which does just that.
With TinyGrab, you can take and share screenshots so quickly that it won’t interrupt what you’re doing. With just a few keyboard strokes, your Web or desktop screenshot will be captured and you’ll have a short URL for sharing anywhere you’d like.
Let’s take a look at just how easy it is to use TinyGrab along with its features.
TinyGrab is available for both the Windows and Mac operating systems. For Windows, you’ll need the .Net Framework Version 4 to run the application.
Once installed and started, you’ll see the TinyGrab cloud icon in your notification area. The icon may be in the notification widow, but if you’re like me you’ll want it displayed at all times so that it’s easily accessible for drag-and-drop sharing.
Next you’ll want to create an account on TinyGrab’s website because you’ll need to login to use it on your computer. Be sure to click the link in the activation email that you will receive.
Changing the Preferences
I always like to go through an application’s preferences menu before using it, and with all the available options you’ll probably want to do the same.
- Choose whether to run TinyGrab on system startup.
- Configure the keyboard shortcuts if you don’t like the default settings.
- Change the notification sound; there is only one included, but you can choose a custom sound from your computer.
- Disable visual and/or audio notifications.
- Change the action performed when selecting an upload from the icon – copy the URL to clipboard or open the file in your browser.
- Change the action performed after an upload – move the item to the trash, a custom folder or do not move; if you want to keep a backup of your screenshots on your computer or have for offline use you can save them in a custom folder on your computer or even in Dropbox.
- Show or hide the notification icon.
- Choose to automatically upload screenshots.
By default TinyGrab will upload your screenshots to their Web service and you’ll be able to access your screenshots from their website. However, you can also upload to other locations such as: FTP, SFTP, MobileMe/iCloud, Amazon S3 and RackSpace.
You can configure your proxy settings if you use one.
This is where you’ll need to enter your email and password to login to TinyGrab. Once logged in, you’ll be able to access your online account with the click of a button from here.
You can choose to automatically check for updates, how often and whether to automatically download the updates.
Taking and Sharing Screenshots
The easiest way to take a screenshot with TinyGrab is to use keyboard shortcuts. If you have decided to keep the default hotkeys, then you’ll need to use one of the following:
- Full Screen: control + shift + 3 / command + shift + 3 (Mac)
- Selected Area: control + shift + 4 / command + shift + 4 (Mac)
- Active Window: control + shift + 5 / command + shift + 5 (Mac)
You can also drag a file to the TinyGrab icon or right-click on the icon and select “upload file.” After the file has been uploaded, a short URL will be copied to your clipboard (unless you’ve changed this setting in preferences) and you’ll see a notification at the bottom right of your screen.
With the URL on your clipboard, you can simply paste it into an email or IM message, tweet, Facebook post or anywhere else. The short URL will direct people to a nice full size view of the screenshot, along with sharing options.
You can also view the screenshot in your TinyGrab Control Panel from the website; from there you can add a title and description and choose to make the screenshot private.
There are numerous Pro features coming soon that will not included with a TinyGrab basic account like: social connect (in the uploading preferences section you’ll see social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Flickr), custom domains, collections, and more.
The online control panel makes organizing your screenshots easy and you can even sort them into folders. There is also a web gallery feature coming soon, which will be nice for showcasing your photos, designs and screenshots in a professional manner.
TinyGrab also has an iPhone app, which is pretty useful. With the app you can take pictures with your iPhone camera and upload them to your TinyGrab account. It also gives you a short URL for sharing on your mobile device in an email or IM.
Best of all, the iPhone app includes native Twitter and Facebook support for quick sharing to either. Of course you can also view and manage your recent uploads.
Although TinyGrab is a simple service, as you can see it includes many great features. I love that there are no storage limits. This means that you can store as many screenshots as you want.
It’s also nice that you can take a screenshot and have a URL in under a minute – from your computer or iPhone. No more taking a screenshot or saving a picture from the Web on your computer and then adding it to an email message; TinyGrab is a huge productivity booster.
What are your thoughts on TinyGrab? Are you using it on your computer or iPhone?