So I’m a little irritated. With FireFox Add-ons, that is. One in particular, actually. I know, I know. What could possibly compel me to say something negative about one of my beloved FireFox Add-ons? Well, I’ll tell you.
Clipped on 7-July-2012, 12:43 AM from Lolcats – Funny Pictures of Cats – I Can Has Cheezburger?
Some years ago I found an awesome little add-on called FireShot. Worked like a dream. It’s a handy dandy little program that can take a screen capture for you and then you can save it or annotate it – add little captions to your screenshot or whatever. I used it tons of times, several times a week if not on a daily basis. Loved it. A few months ago, it did its auto-update thing and without knowing it, users had a copy of the 30 day trial of the pro version. And no one knew that until the 30 days were up and all of a sudden FireShot stopped working and users got this annoying little pop-up saying that the trial had expired and if you wanted you could go to the website and upgrade. As awesome a program as it is, I’m not paying $35 to take screenshots and I totally resent the bait-and-switch technique they used. R.E.S.E.N.T. They said on their website that if you decided not to go with the pay version, the add-on would automatically revert to the free version. Only, that didn’t work. Uninstall, reinstall, no dice! That made me mad. I found a fix by editing the registry and things seemed to be working fine again. Lo and behold, another update and the doggone thing breaks again, and this time the work-arounds and fixes won’t work. So I uninstalled it, and not just the wimpy little “tell FireFox to uninstall this add-on” button, but the big bad Control Panel “get this crap off my computer” button. Okay, I don’t really know if there’s a difference but the Control Panel felt a lot more official. I broke up with FireShot!
I found a couple of other little add-ons that seem to have potential but don’t have the bells and whistles that FireShot did. Those are Screenshoter and Abduction! Time will show if either of them are any good. They got decent reviews so that’s encouraging.
I did learn a few weeks ago though, that Windows 7 actually comes with a screen snipping tool. Who knew?! Start Menu, All Programs, Accessories, Snipping Tool! AND the Snipping Tool WILL do annotations too, at least with a pen or highlighter button. If you put a shortcut to Snipping Tool on your Taskbar, it’s always right there for you. Seriously. Sweet. That works not just on whatever’s up on your browser, and whichever browser you’re using, but you don’t even have to be online to use it either.
Also, if you use OneNote, it will go grab screenshots for you too, just click the Insert Tab and then Screen Clipping. Really, all you need to do is press the Windows Key and S at the same time.
So, I’ll miss FireShot. But I do have some great tools to help keep my screen captures warm on those chilly nights.