Screen Capture Extensions for Google Chrome
There are times when you want to capture webpage screenshot without any time delay. In such case using third party tools might not help. Using browser extensions on Chrome helps you to take screenshot immediately. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the freeware screen capture extensions for Google Chrome.
Google Chrome Store has plenty of Extensions that allows you to take screenshot of webpage. You can use these extensions on both browser and Chrome OS desktop. It's hard to decide which extension is perfect for your needs. If you have been been looking for a nice screenshot capture tool then do take a look at some of the extensions.
This extension allows you to capture screen in multiple ways. You can capture entire webpage screen, custom screen area or above the fold webpage space. The saved image is stored in PNG or JPG format. You can also store the image as PDF option however there is a limitation to this feature for free version of extension. The extension also has an option to set the short-keys for each type of screenshot. You can use these short-keys to take the screenshot on timed basis. There are many other advanced settings that you can do with this extension. Most of the advanced settings are reserved for the premium version. In case of advanced feature usage you'd need to buy Pro version from the official website.
Cost: Free & Premium
This extension is very simple and easy to use. All you have to do is click on it to take the screenshot. It doesn't have any additional complex feature. All it does is allow you to take screenshot of single page or custom region. It allows you to save the content only in PNG format as of now. The saved image has file name on the basis of date and time. You can also take the input of the application to Paint or any other image editing program. Extension saves the image data in the clipboard which you can reuse inside other application. You can dismiss the screenshot simply by using escape keyboard button or pressing mouse key in the grey area.
Cost : Free
Full Page Screen Capture
This open source extension allows you to take snap of the entire webpage. You can also take the screenshot of the particular region of the page. It opens the screenshot in the new tab. There is some time delay that requires the extension to auto-scroll while taking full page capture. You can also zoom into some parts of the page. This way you can easily save the file in the format of your choice. It doesn't require any complex settings. It doesn't have any extended premium features. The app also doesn't have any permission issues that most of the extensions have during installation. You can install it quickly and also use it without any much learning curve.
Cost : Free (Open Source)
This extension is really useful if you want to do more than just screen capture. You can use this extension to capture full webpage, partial region or only visible region. You can add annotations and other graphics to the image. You can pixelize the password or sensitive region of the page. One interesting way to take screenshot is delayed shot. This option allows you to take screenshot while applying certain time delay. You can also save the image into formats like PNG and JPG. If you are using this extension on Chrome OS then you can take desktop screenshot as well. Desktop screenshot capture feature is missing in many other extensions.
Capture Webpage ScreenshotCWS extension is an open source extension that allows you to quickly take screenshot without any delay. The extension allows you to use Print and Share options if you wish to immediately use the image. So apart from browser, it can be useful for the Chrome OS desktop. The annotation feature is useful for those who want to edit images and add something additional information. The image can be exported into PNG and JPG. It lacks PDF export option which makes it unusable on ChromeOS. The extension has support for cloud services and allows you to store the image. You can also customize the image and turn it into thumbnail form. Sharing the image on social media is also one click away.
Cost : Free
Nimbus ScreenshotThis extension is more than just a screenshot capture tool. It allows to capture the screencast and save the file into GIF format. Video format support is also available upto certain time limit. Though it's easy to make screencast, it takes some time exporting the file. So if your computer is low on resource then use desktop app instead of using this tool. It captures the screenshot in different views - full page, custom screenshot region and visible screen region. It supports horizontal scrolling for the multiple monitor and larger resolution screens. You can also use the extension to copy the content into other image editor.
When you're downloading any extension from Chrome store, do read the reviews as some of the extensions these days have malware embedded into them.
ConclusionThere are plenty of screen capture extensions available in Google Chrome store, each has it's own pros and cons. But if you have a minimal use for screen capture, then above listed extensions are good enough for taking basic screenshots.
Awesome screen shot is the best of all and also its good editing options. The only problem is the file format, which is PNG most of the times but when we save the file it is showing as a .bmp file extension which makes it a huge mess.