Screen Capturing: Skitch or Jing or Both

kinnon —  December 1, 2007 — 2 Comments

Screen capture utilities have been important in the work I do for a rather long time. I won’t bore you with why. Suffice to say that I use them almost daily.

When most of my life was spent on PCeees, I used TechSmith’s products SnagIt and Camtasia. On the Mac, Ambrosia Software’s Snapz Pro X was my weapon of choice.

Skitchheart A month ago, I began using Skitch from the very smart people at Plasq who also brought us the fun and very usable ComicLife. I’m a Skitch addict. I’ve used it about four times today alone.

Jing I’ve just discovered that TechSmith has a similar (yet different) screen cap program with some great video sharing capabilities. [via] It’s called Jing – and it’s available for Mac or PC as a free download (whilst in Beta, I assume). Both Skitch and Jing are loaded on my Mac Pro. We will see which gets the most screen time, as it were. (I would rather that Jing not add a widget to my screen, but…)

Just capturing the Jing logo (with Jing) and the Skitch heart (with Skitch), I can already tell you that I prefer Skitch’s file handling for saving on my computer. Though Jing does have more saving/sharing options – its just not as elegant. And the Skitch interface is much more attractive.



A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

2 responses to Screen Capturing: Skitch or Jing or Both

  1. And why not just command-shift-4? or the other keystroke options that will save a screen shot.

    The answer I suppose is that these programs allow video and uploading functions – well I guess so.

    Okay, you’ve convinced me – I’ll give it a shot.

  2. I’ll have to take a look at Skitch. For it’s simplicity, I’m liking imagewell, a Mac-only app. (link to


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