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5 Best Snipping Tools for Mac

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Many Mac users are in need of a highly-rated, multi-use snipping tool. While Windows Snipping Tool remains popular for Windows users who take and edit screenshots, Mac users have long sought for an alternative that works on their system. Thankfully, there are now a variety of snipping tools available for download from websites or the Mac app store that are designed with Mac’s system requirements in mind. Many of these snipping tools include useful features such as screen recording, cloud storage, and integrations with messaging and work productivity apps. To help you decide which app works best for you, here is a list of the 5 best snipping tools for Mac. While reading through this list, consider what kind of features you need in your snipping tool as well as what price you are willing and able to pay. 

Droplr 

Droplr

Droplr is a highly-rated, low priced snipping tool that also includes screen recording and GIF creation. Droplr saves screenshots and recordings directly to the cloud and creates a shortlink for your snip that can be instantly shared with others. All of your snips are displayed on your online Droplr account and can be sorted using boards and tags. You can also change the privacy settings for your snips, boards, and tags to limit access. Droplr includes enterprise-level security with encryption and SSO. 

Droplr includes over a dozen integrations so that you can drop your snips directly into various messaging and productivity apps. For example, you can integrate Droplr with Intercom to drop your snips directly into a chat with a client or with Slack to share snips instantly with co-workers. You can also integrate Droplr with Photoshop if you need more mark-up options then the arrows, emoticons, text, pencil, highlighter, and shapes included with Droplr. 

Droplr is available for Mac, Windows, and Chrome Extension; its Mac product is especially well-regarded that gets a 4 ½ rating on Capterra . Droplr’s snipping tool shortcut can be accessed on the menu bar of  your screen on Mac. Droplr offers a 7-day free trial for any of its products. Droplr’s pricing begins at $4/month (or $6/month when billed monthly) and includes all of the above core products along with, 500GB of file storage, 50GB/month of bandwidth, and click analytics. Higher-priced plans increase the amount of file storage and bandwidth, add more analytics, and include custom branding. For large businesses that need unlimited file storage and bandwidth, single sign-on (SSO), or custom domains, pricing begins at $5 per seat per month.

Snagit

Snagit

Snagit is a snipping and screen recording tool developed specifically for business to create visual instructions. Snagit also lets users take panoramic shots that can capture scrolling webpages and create videos using screenshots and audio. Snagit can extract the text from a screenshot so that you can paste it in another document. Snagit’s mark-up tool features a number of professional annotation tools such as preset and custom templates, step tools, and text editing.

Snagit includes a dozen integrations with products such as Microsoft Suite, Google Drive, and Facebook to allow easy sharing. However, unlike Droplr, Snagit does not integrate with most work productivity apps. Snagit can be downloaded on Windows or Mac.  

Snagit’s single license pricing is a $49.95 flat fee that lets you install it on two machines. Discount pricing is available for businesses with several users, education services, and governments and non-profits. Snagit’s 2020 upgrade, which includes templates, video creation from images, and integrations with Slack and Box costs an additional $24.95. Unlike Droplr, all your snips are saved to your local drive with limited free cloud storage that is upgradeable for $99.95 per year.

CloudApp

Like Droplr, CloudApp is a cloud-based snipping tool, screen recorder, and GIF maker.   CloudApp uploads your screenshots and recordings to your personal cloud account and creates a shareable URL that you can send to grant access to them. CloudApp also includes mark-up tools such as arrows, emoticons, basic drawing tools, and blurring tools for sensitive information.

CloudApp integrates with over 30 apps including Zapier, Trello, Sketch, and WordPress. Their snipping tool download is available on Mac, Windows, iPhone, Linux, and as a Chrome extension. CloudApp includes a free version with the above features and 1 minute limit for screen recordings, 15 second limit for GIFs, 100 MB/file upload size, .5 GB/link/day bandwidth, and 25 drop limit. CloudApp’s paid plans begin at $9/month for unlimited video recording and drops, 1 minute GIFs, 1 GB/file uploads, 2 GB/link/day bandwidth, and custom branding. CloudApp offers custom enterprise pricing starting at $17/month per seat.

Skitch

SKitch

Skitch is an Evernote app available on the Mac App Store that lets you take screenshots, edit them, and share them with others. Skitch keeps things simple with an interface that launches quickly and is made up of large, easily identifiable icons representing each of its tools. Skitch’s mark-up function features seven tools: arrows, text, a color palette with eight colors, shapes, a highlighter, a pixelater for blurring, and cropping tools. You can then drag and drop your file into emails or messaging apps.

Most of Skitch’s functions are free, though an Evernote premium account is required if you want to markup PDFs and save files to Evernote instead of your desktop or phone. PDF markups are particularly useful for business emails and conversations with clients so that you can quickly highlight important information. An Evernote premium account costs $7.99/month and includes integrations with Gmail, Outlook, Salesforce, Google Drive, Slack, and Microsoft Teams.

Apowersoft Screen Capture Pro

Apowersoft Screen Capture Pro

Apowersoft’s Screen Capture Pro includes screen capture, screen recording, image editing, cloud storage, and scheduled screenshots. Screenshots can be taken from a fixed region, window, or fullscreen and then saved as a PNG, JPG, BMP, or PDF file. Videos can likewise be saved in a variety of file formats such as MP4, WMV, AVI, and FLV. After taking your shot, you can annotate it instantly with tools such as lines, text, arrows, a highlighter, and blurring, or you can open the image in the app’s professional image editor that adds cropping, resizing, rotating, and image effects. Finally, after marking-up your image, you can save it to the cloud, upload it directly to social media, or generate a copyable link in direct link, image link, HTML link, or BB-code link format.

Apowersoft is unique in that it provides a screenshot scheduler that can be used to schedule screenshots ahead of time. For example, if you need to take a screenshot at a certain time every day, you can configure the scheduler to do so automatically. The scheduler can also be used to determine the type of screenshot and output folder for the shot ahead of time. 

Apowersoft Screen Capture offers personal and business packages with lifetime, yearly, and monthly paying plans. The best deal for each is the lifetime plan, which typically costs $129.99 for personal and $259.99 for businesses and includes free updates and support service. The personal license is for personal use only, while the business license can be used commercially for profit-making enterprises. Apowersoft also offers sales for their product from time to time, during which you can purchase Screen Capture for up to 40% off.

Selection Guide

There are many options for snipping tools on Mac, but in general the snipping tools above will do an excellent job capturing screenshots and screen recordings. Whether you are a single user, small team, or large enterprise, features are pretty consistent among these tools. The difference among them will come down to price, security, and integrations, so here’s a table to guide your selection. 


PriceSecurityIntegrationsMark-upsOther Features
DroplrLow priceHigh security12 integrationsBasic tools,  Screen recorder, cloud storage
SnagitHigh price Medium security12   integrationsAdvanced tools  Screen recorder, added fee for cloud storage
CloudAppMedium priceHigh security30 integrationsBasic tools Screen recorder, cloud storage
SkitchMedium priceMedium security6 integrations  Basic tools None
ApowersoftHigh price; flat fee optionHigh securityFew integrationsBasic tools, advanced image effectsScreen recorder, cloud storage
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