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Voila is a screen-capture, recording, and annotation tool that is a full-featured replacement for Mac's screen-capture and screen-recording capabilities. It has a large and robust set of editing, organizing, annotation, and effects tools that allows the user to create and add details to screenshots, tutorials, videos, and presentations.

Voila lets you capture any shape, menu, webpage, or DOM element, capture multiple regions, and capture from iSight. Add annotations like arrows, text, lines, shapes, brushstrokes, paint, callouts, stamps, and images as annotations. Add cool effects such as filters, edges, and skew, more...

What's New

Version 3.8:
  • Magnifier For Selection Captures - Get a bird's eye view and draw precise boundaries for your capture
  • Google Drive Sharing - Upload your captures to Google Drive straight from Voila
  • 1X Retina Scaling - Voila now supports scaling down of videos recorded using a Retina display by 1X
  • Easy Trim Access For Videos - You can now trim videos quickly with an option more...

Requirements

OS X 10.8 or later

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I bought this a week ago and am really loving it. It combines the features of SnapNDrag Pro, Jing/SnagIt and Paparrazi into one app that works really well at screenshots as well as video, and has awesome sharing capabilities (including to more...

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Version 3.5
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Bowlerboy_jmb Member IconComment+210
Bowlerboy_jmb
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@pcharles

Since you are a veteran user of Voila, please clarify one issue, which, if memory serves me correctly, was brought up much earlier regarding this application, namely, whether or not Voila stores ALL of its captures into discrete files, or into one, potentially huge and unwieldy, ever-swelling file.

In other words, if I create several movies, named video-01, video-02, video-03 ... video-99, am I going to end up with separate, individual, unique files, or am I going to end up with one, all-encompassing file that could eventually exceed the capacity of a DVD on which to archive my projects.

I have gotten a clear answer from the developer that I could rely on, so I want to know the scoop from a user.

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Version 3.7
pcharles Member IconReview+114
pcharles
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I'm sure I've reviewed this before, but could not see it. I have been really happy with this application since I started using it a few years ago and have appreciated several of the improvements the developer has made, such as easier sharing to other applications, and to cloud services like Evernote.

I have tried (and purchased) a number of other screen capture applications over the years, such as Little Snapper and Snagit. While each has things that attracted me, I keep coming back to Voila. I also use screen recording programs like Screenflow and Camtasia for my job as a chemistry instructor.

One of the things I really like is the interface, mostly because I have little need for some of the more crazy customizations available in Snagit. It is reasonably attractive to look at and is well laid out for what I do. One of the things that seems to be missing, however, and is present in Snagit, is the ability to save tool settings as a default.

You can set the helper app to load in the background when you log in, but for some reason, it does not always load when I log in. One difference between Snagit and Voila is that Snagit seems to load as a menu and screen widget that are tied together completely, while Voila seems to be a separate application and menu item. Not sure which is best, but I can quite Voila and the menu item remains, while quitting snagit removes everything. This is one of the reasons I've stuck with Voila. I also prefer the layout of the menu, but that is trivial really.

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Version 3.6
Bowlerboy_jmb
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@pcharles

Since you are a veteran user of Voila, please clarify one issue, which, if memory serves me correctly, was brought up much earlier regarding this application, namely, whether or not Voila stores ALL of its captures into discrete files, or into one, potentially huge and unwieldy, ever-swelling file.

In other words, if I create several movies, named video-01, video-02, video-03 ... video-99, am I going to end up with separate, individual, unique files, or am I going to end up with one, all-encompassing file that could eventually exceed the capacity of a DVD on which to archive my projects.

I have gotten a clear answer from the developer that I could rely on, so I want to know the scoop from a user.

pcharles
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It appears to be one large file called Voila Library that is in fact a special folder you can open with "Show Package Contents." Inside that folder are two other folders called "Database" and "Images." The images folder contains image files that can be opened by Voila, although it appears that Acorn will open it as well. If you manually delete a file, Voila shows it as corrupt in the browser.

Bowlerboy_jmb
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@pcharles

That's precisely what I thought! It's also what a consider a major flaw in the overall design of this program and why I stopped using it years ago. I'm glad it works for you, but I would not feel very comfortable having ALL of my static screen captures and movie captures residing in one, single, solitary file. To me, that's like a word processor saving every line of text that I ever wrote in one file—and if, for whatever, something gets corrupt in that single file, I would lose forever everything that I wrote.

Since it doesn't take much for any single file to become corrupt and unusable, the idea of having all of one's work saved in a single file is such a bizarre concept that I can't believe these developers have chosen such a risky architecture. Although the program may, as you testify, do a good job of capturing, I'm afraid having all of my work stored in a single file of a relatively limited size would make me much too anxious over the thought of losing my work.

I have corresponded with the developers in the past over this critical issue, and I never got a straight answer. They always tried to dodge the bullet or tell me that I was wrong in my perception. So be it. There are plenty of good screen capture programs out there, and none of them stress me out as much as this one would if I had to rely on this single-file technique to keep all of work sacrosanct.

pcharles
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Where did I say single file? I did not, I said single file that is actually a folder. This is standard Apple protocol, just like iphoto and aperture, and many others. Each image is a separate file. Snagit does essentially the same thing.

Bowlerboy_jmb
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I do not wish to argue with you, for I appreciate you taking the time to reply. Maybe we are having a linguistics problem, because when someone says “one” large file, I hear that as a single file. To me, “one” means “single.”

Now, if you want to call that “one large file” a “special folder,” then you’re getting into linguistic territory I don’t understand, especially when that “special” folder is included the application’s package contents, where other sub-special folders called Database and Images reside to collect and store the captured data. For me, a file contains data and a folder contains files. I suppose if you really want to, you can call a folder a special form of a file merely because it exists on the hard drive, but, as far as I am concerned in the context of this discussion, that kind of hairsplitting is pushing the envelope a bit too far, it seems to me.

No matter. Whether that “one large file” is a “special folder” or not, I just can’t wrap my head about Voila’s way of doing things, because I know that there are better and more flexible ways to capture and store images and movies than they have implemented.

If, as you say, manually removing a file from the Voila Library causes it to be corrupt, then that in and of itself is more than enough to turn me off to the program.

When I consider that fact, along with Voila’s extreme limitation that everything Voila captures has to go in that one special file / folder / baby bottle / whatever-you-want-to-call-it, then, for the reasons I explained, I cannot feel comfortable about subjecting myself to the limitations and potential unreliability of such a storage system.

Not only does it seem unstable and unreliable to me, but what happens when my “one large file” exceeds, say 5 GB, or 10 GB, and this large file starts to dominate my hard drive? What happens if I run a disk optimizing program to gather together all the disparate pieces that will be scattered throughout the hard drive and the disk optimizer says, at some point, that the damn file is too large to be moved around? What happens if the process of disk optimizing damages that large file and its data is irretrievable?

I wouldn’t have been able to archive my data onto an optical disk, because that one large file would exceed the disc’s capacity.

And what about when I want to clone my hard drive to an external hard divide? Since backup and cloning software works on the principle that it will look for changes in the files that exist on the source drive and the destination drive, if I add just one itsy-bitsy screen capture of, say 250 KB to my Voila Library, then SuperDuper will have to clone the entire, humongous, several GB “one large file” to keep me in sync, taking much more time to perform its several GB cloning operation than it would take to merely add one tiny new 250 KB to the Pictures folder of my external hard drive.

Again, I’m glad their architecture works for you, but for all of the reasons I touched upon, such a short-sighted technology will never work for me, not as long as there are better designed products available to choose from.

Actually, I prefer SnapZ Pro. It’s a solid performer that captures stills and video (including audio) in separate, discrete files that I can keep on my hard drive, or archive, at will. To my way of thinking, that’s the more rational, safer way to go.

RavenNevermore
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@Bowlerboy, it works the same was as iPhoto's library does. The application can't have a database if you are able to remove the images in the Finder. It would have to rebuild the data base every time.

So just delete the images in the application itself. As far as it becoming a "huge and unwieldy, ever-swelling file" would a folder of discrete images do the same thing? And this is a folder after all. You aren't looking at it the right way.

If you want something that will browse a folder and doesn't use a database, try Graphic Converter.

I have never used this app, I'm just commenting.

Funjoy Member IconReview+104
Funjoy
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I bought this a week ago and am really loving it. It combines the features of SnapNDrag Pro, Jing/SnagIt and Paparrazi into one app that works really well at screenshots as well as video, and has awesome sharing capabilities (including to Dropbox).

Previously, I used SnapNDrag Pro to grab stuff I wanted to keep on my Mac, or used Jing if I wanted to upload to the cloud to share a URL or inline-image, and if I wanted to capture an entire webpage (that extended beyond the window bottom) I used Paparazzi. Voila can do virtually everything these apps can.

It has great organizing (folders differentiating between screenshots, web snaps, and diff types of exports (Flickr, Youtube, FTP, Evernote etc).

Only two downsides for me. First, some of the actions are a little convoluted (like the only way to screenshot a webpage is from a little camera icon in the Voila web browser). Second, with Dropbox uploads you get a URL that send you to a Dropbox-page hosting the screenshot, but the page is formatted so you can't snag a URL just for the image. So, if I want to include an inline-image in a forum post I still need to use Jing (which uploads to screencast.com, where you can derive an image URL).

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Version 3.5
clamatacgmail.com2189 Member IconReview+0
clamatacgmail.com2189
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Hi

first of all, sorry for my English.

I few time a go I bought a bundle pack of software that included VOILA v3.4

I have tested for the first time today and I have a problem with screen video capture. I have used the 'record --> selection' option and when I press the 'stop and save' button, for example, after 10 minutes of recording, the captured video it only has four minutes.

is this a Bug?

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Version 3.4
GlobalDelight-SupportTeam
+2

Hi Carlos,

We believe that our Support Team has got in touch with you.

BigJohnson
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clamatacgmail.com2189, your English and grammar is better than a LOT of Americans!

Not perfect, but better.

Rubaiyat
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I'll second BigJohnson! :)

Maybe because many people using English as a second language actually try and put some thought into what they say.

Randy-Crawford Member IconReview+53
Randy-Crawford
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I've used Voila for quite some time now. It has always been stable and reliable. It is easy to use and incorporate into a natural and productive work flow. I use it to develop documentation and routinely capture screen shots, menus, etc. I occasionally use it to capture videos on the web that I'm unable to download otherwise. It works well in all cases. The only feature I'd add (if it has this I can't find it) would be to be able to capture directly to a collection. That way I wouldn't have to go back to the "All Images" view and figure out what it what and where I want it to be organized. Also, it is priced very attractively. It doesn't seem to have the nasty type of licensing that keeps me from being able to put it on my notebook as well as my desktop (I'm a single user and I don't try to use it at the same time on different machines).

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Version 3.4
Macwitty Member IconReview+7
Macwitty
+2

Started to use it for tutorial screen cast and was very satisfied. After Skitch was destroyed (version 2) it has also became my app for screenshots. Screenshots I host on my own domain - never again will I trust a service that just disappears and leave dead links all over internet. (I was a pro user of Skitch and Evernote)

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Version 3.4
Odysseus Member IconComment+121
Odysseus
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How is this better than Skitch?

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Version 3.3
GlobalDelight-SupportTeam
+0

Hey,
You can try 15 days trial period of Voila from our website www.globaldelight.com/voila and let us know your feedback.

Moxiesozo Member IconComment+152
Moxiesozo
+1

Voila is steeply discounted ($4.99) at the Mac App Store until October 31st, 2012.

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Version 3.3
DovTodd
+0

This is now selling for $14.99 in the App Store, good until the end of Nov 2012.

DovTodd
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I apologize, I couldn't go back and correct my previous post, let me rephrase, the price is discounted to $14.99, even though the Mac App Store still says that price ends at the end of Nov 2012. I just bought it today (Dec 5) for $14.99.

Mtin79 Member IconReview+50
Mtin79
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Tried it for 30 minutes.
Keeps crashing on my Macbook Retina with Mountain Lion 10.8.2!
Otherwise it would be nice as it has a great feature-set.

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Version 3.3
MacUpdate-Mark
+1

Works fine for me on the same hardware and software setup. You might try deleting it and re-downloading/installing it.

GlobalDelight-SupportTeam
+1

You can reinstall Voila from the following link:
www.globaldelight.com/voila

Still if you face any issues, please contact our Support executive voila@globaldelight.com

Mtin79
+0

Thanks TeamVoilaSupport, i just sent you the crash reports!

Owndao Member IconReview+1
Owndao
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I’m afraid that this release (version 3.3) STILL cannot capture a selected rectangle when the Finder is zoomed to other than 1:1 magnification on a Mac Pro 4,1 with an ATI Radeon HD 5870 1024 MB, under OS X 10.8.2 despite the fact that Apple’s Grab, Evernote’s Skitch, and who knows how many other apps CAN capture the images at ANY magnification. I have tried to work with this company but to no avail. Nice feature set but a pain in the ass to capture an image as they do not seem to understand how to use the different screen resolutions in a generic way.

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Version 3.3
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Version 3.7.1
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Screentom
Version 3.7.1
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Screentom
Version 3.7
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Version 3.6
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Shadow-Runner
Version 3.6
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Version 3.5
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Version 3.4
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Version 3.4
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Version 3.4
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Version 3.3
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