Snapz Pro X
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With Snapz Pro X, picture-perfect screenshots are just a keystroke away.

Share your Mac experience with friends and family by capturing screenshots and videos in a wide variety of formats.

Smarter image and video sharing

Whether you're a business manager leading a meeting, a teacher developing a lesson plan, or a home user with an idea you want to capture, you'll love having the advantage of sharing screenshots and videos from your Mac.

Easy editing

Scale, crop, and dither your
What's New
Version 2.5.4:
  • Fixed an issue that caused Snapz to quit after taking a screenshot on 10.9
  • Fixed a memory allocation issue in the XPC
  • Image capture should now be faster
  • Improved compatibility with OS X 10.9 “Mavericks”
  • Other bug fixes and enhancements
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7.4 or later



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Snapz Pro X User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Hankeg reviewed on 05 Dec 2013
Registered full version recorded video stream with WATERMARK destroying important video. Tech Support NON-EXISTENT!
[Version 2.5.4]

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Dano45 replied on 12 Dec 2013
I had the same problem of watermarking video in a registered version. Contacted tech support and they eventually got to me with a new key that corrected the problem. Works correctly now.
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Sunwolf replied on 28 Jan 2014
Same problem here. I contacted them, last September, received a ticket number, nothing else. Reminded them in October - no answer at all until today.
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Artbeat63 commented on 31 Oct 2013
v2.5.4 works only on main screen, 2nd screen isn't supported any more. After first screenshot all screens are freezing … restart … useless …
[Version 2.5.4]

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Artbeat63 replied on 31 Oct 2013
I have to correct: This happened due the new point in Mission Control System Preferences "Displays have separate Spaces". Unchecked it and Snapz Pro is working now correctly …
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Donmontalvo reviewed on 30 Oct 2013
As a long time SnapzPro user, it pains me to say this, but this product is on life support. It's needed a complete rewrite for some time. I guess times are rough for Ambrosia SW have offshored their staff, the usual deterioration of innovation/quality you'd expect from a company trying to "get out".
[Version 2.5.4]

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Donmontalvo replied on 10 Mar 2014
I bought SnagIt and I'm pleased to say screenshots are as easy and reliable as SnapzPro *used* to be. I'm loyal to developers who provide a good product, but after several years of hanging in there, I'm happy to have moved on. CHeck out SnagIt if you want a *modern* screenshot app.
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Frankeed reviewed on 30 Oct 2013
This software is on a prolonged slide into obscurity. It's been ignoring the hotkey for a long time, requiring me to launch it (although it's supposed to auto-launch). With the latest version it won't allow me to even set the hotkey, which renders it essentially useless. Fortunately, I have Snagit, which works well and is being actively developed.
[Version 2.5.4]

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B. Jefferson Le Blanc replied on 01 Nov 2013
I noticed the hot key problem a while ago. Apparently at some point a conflict developed between Snapz Pro and OS X if you use the same hot key(s) as OS Xs built-in screen capture function. So I changed the hot key for Snapz Pro to Shift-Command-5: problem solved.

There are other screen capture utilities now, and some of them offer features not available in Snapz Pro. If I needed those functions, I'd switch. But if I want to annotate a screen capture, for example, I can use Preview, which has decent annotation capabilities and which I've set as the default app to open when I take a pic with Snapz Pro. Given that Preview is free in OS X, I don't see the need to include image annotation in my screen capture utility. I also appreciate that Snapz Pro hasn't charged for an update in a long time.

The lite version (no video capture) of Snapz Pro once enjoyed a privileged position as one of a few third-party apps included as a default install in OS X. That hasn't been the case for a long time, though, and competition has heated up in the meantime. On the other hand, I'm not displeased that Ambrosia has resisted the temptation to bloat the app with non-essential features. I guess it's a question of whether you think that's a case of the glass being half empty or half full.
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Spudboy commented on 30 Oct 2013
Thank God I don't have to use Voila anymore.
[Version 2.5.4]


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Franko commented on 30 Oct 2013
Oh ye of little patience.
2.5.4 addresses the quitting issue and works just as it did before.
Now you can go back to enjoying SnapzPro.
[Version 2.5.4]


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Njronbo reviewed on 24 Jul 2013
Wow. Talk about the fall of a once mighty screen shot program.

I don't know what Snapz Pro X costs these days. When I bought it, I believe it was about $70. That's a lot of money for a piece of software and one would expect it to be the best of its kind...

...well, it was. Snapz Pro X was the most full-featured screen capture program of its kind.

Now years later, it's a piece of junk.

Apparently, there was a downsizing of the company. There is nobody addressing support questions on their bulletin board nor through direct email.

Problems began once the retina Macbook Pros were introduced. The developers had a hell of a time making a stable version available for these new machines. They finally released a compatible version, but when you take screen captures of anything, the size of the capture is not in the correct aspect ratio, as it should be (and is on all non-retina Macs).

There are also other little bugs that the company has not fixed, nor seems interested in fixing.

It seems to me that the company has just abandoned this software, yet I suspect, they are probably still charging a fortune for its purchase.

I suggest to look at cheaper alternatives.
[Version 2.5.2]

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RPR44 replied on 24 Oct 2013
Rumor has it that Ambrosia has fallen on hard times and only its CEO, Andrew Welch, still works there. If so, and given that Snapz Pro X crashes under Mavericks each time you try to use it, I'd have to say RIP, Snapz Pro X.
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Stormchild reviewed on 04 Apr 2013
Used to be the king of screen capture utilities. I still use it when I need to capture the cursor in a screenshot (it's a lot simpler than messing around with timed screenshots in Grab), but for everything else this is mostly obsolete.

The usability has really gone downhill in 2.5.x. The old, awesome fatbits window has been replaced with a silly loupe that reduces the visible area just so it can be round, and the ability to press Ctrl to temporarily hide it is now gone, so the damn thing is just always in the way. The loupe also has a crosshair in it that makes it extremely difficult to tell where the selection edge is. To make matters worse, there's some weird issue that makes the mouse cursor "skip" over a pixel every few rows or columns.

The combination of all these defects makes it needlessly frustrating and time-consuming to make an accurate selection. I almost always end up giving up and grabbing a larger selection and cropping the shot in Photoshop, which is exactly the sort of hassle an app like this is supposed to help you avoid. When you're taking multiple shots of the same selection (something Snapz Pro used to excel at, since it's the only utility that remembers your selection from one grab to the next), this means repeating the same cropping work for every single one. As this pretty much defeats the whole point of using Snapz Pro, I pretty much always just use the built-in screen capture tools instead.

I wonder why Ambrosia still bothers to update this in such a half-assed way. Surely that time could be spent doing something more productive.
[Version 2.5.2]


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Donmontalvo reviewed on 04 Apr 2013
Still no option to name your screenshot.

Bummer, why do I get the feeling SnapzPro is on life support, about to get its plug pulled?

Don
[Version 2.5.2]

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Neutralzone replied on 04 Apr 2013
It's more like Snapz is trying to remain a power user product in the face of ever-increasing restrictions imposed by Apple on the kind of back-door stuff Snapz depends on.
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yellow-submarine reviewed on 07 Mar 2013
just updating my older rating of snapz pro x:
so ambrosia finally managed to update the utility to mac os (mountain) lion after all. however, they removed two features which were important to me (or i don't find them anymore - blame me!):
- you can't set it to ask for a filename for a screenshot anymore
- shooting an "object" window with other windows (e.g. dialogues) on top yields only the chosen window, not the ones in the same visible field. that may be a positive feature for some, for me it is a major flaw.

i found myself a (free) workaround for shooting screenies in mac os:
press alt-command-4. when the crosshair appears, press space. select window object to capture. click. bingo!

kicked snapz. i'm a happy camper! ;)
[Version 2.5.1]

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Donmontalvo replied on 10 Mar 2013
We're doing the same thing...no sense in using a 3rd party solution like Snapz Pro X if OS X does exactly the same thing.

To remove the shadow we also use:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool true

...and then...

killall SystemUIServer

Don
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sjk replied on 02 Apr 2013
"press alt-command-4"

I think you meant Shift-Command-4.
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yellow-submarine replied on 03 Apr 2013
@sjk: indeed, thanks for the hint. ;)
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sjk replied on 05 Apr 2013
Here's a handy guide:

Taking Screenshots in Mac OS X - Mac Guides
http://guides.macrumors.com/Taking_Screenshots_in_Mac_OS_X

What's not mentioned is how Command can sometimes be used (in at least 10.7/10.8?) to focus on a different part of a selected area. For example, to capture just an image of a Save As… sheet in Safari:

- Type Command-S in Safari
- Type Shift-Command-4, then Space
- Move pointer over Save As… sheet in Safari, tap and hold Command key, then click

You can move the pointer around anywhere while holding Command before clicking to capture.
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Moique had trouble on 18 Nov 2012
There is a bug with this version for non-English keyboards (French, Belgian, Czech...).

Ambrosia is working on a fix.

http://www.ambrosiasw.com/support/faqs/products/snapz-pro-x/Why-does-Snapz-Pro-X-not-work-with-nonEnglish-keyboard-layouts
[Version 2.5.0]


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Lfrogkisser had trouble on 16 Nov 2012
Well, I upgraded and can't get this version to launch. I did a restart and I'm using all the latest computer and OS.
[Version 2.5.0]

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Moique replied on 17 Nov 2012
+1 ! I'm trying to downgrade, but don't find any old copy.
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Lfrogkisser replied on 17 Nov 2012
The upgrade route did not work for me so I did a download and installed and now it works.
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Moique replied on 17 Nov 2012
Happy you ! I have a splendid crash report, I have to find where to send it !
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Boni replied on 18 Nov 2012
same here! I upgraded and can't get this version to launch on my two mac's from 2011 and both with OS X 10.8.2
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Cowicide had trouble on 09 Dec 2011
Found an issue with Snapz Pro 2.3.2 and DockView 1.5.5. When I have a window in another Space and move over the application the harbors the window in the Dock in another space and then highlight the window with the preview image generated by Dockview, (which makes the window preview screenshot show up in my current space) Console repeatedly says "12/8/11 11:20:37 PM [0x0-0x10010].com.ambrosiasw.snapz[236] Thu Dec 8 23:20:37 MacBook-Pro-4.local Snapz Pro X[236] : kCGErrorInvalidOperation: _CGSFindSharedWindow: WID 2319"

It's says this over and over again until I stop hovering over the window and the preview image is gone from my current space.

This also seems to interfere with DockView in other ways but I'm still investigating that.
[Version 2.3.2]

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Cowicide replied on 09 Dec 2011
I've investigated this further and it doesn't require the image being in another space to get this these errors. You can actually make console fill up with those same Snapz errors by just hovering over anything in the Dock with a window and moving your mouse.

And then hundreds of these error will fill the the console:

[0x0-0x11011].com.ambrosiasw.snapz[237] Fri Dec 9 03:25:14 MacBook-Pro-4.local Snapz Pro X[237] : kCGErrorInvalidOperation: _CGSFindSharedWindow: WID 28
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Kathy Vetter had trouble on 17 Aug 2009
I love Snapz Pro X, but I am getting a ghost cursor (two cursors) when grabbing a movie of my Web page on a MacBook Pro. I can't figure out how to get rid of the ghost cursor. Can anybody help?
[Version 2.1.5]

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sjk replied on 27 Aug 2009
Have you contacted Ambrosia Software directly for support?
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Andy49 had trouble on 29 Sep 2008
I contacted Apple about this same problem that WINGS is experiencing. Apple said it was Ambrosia's fault and Ambrosia blamed Apple's last OS update. My hard drives are constantly cranking away and even caused a drive to fail. Apple replaced this drive, but the problem still exists. It took me quite awhile to find the culprit, which is Snapz Pro X 2.1.2. Quitting the process in Activity Monitor is the only solution aside from uninstalling Snapz Pro X 2.1.2. AMBROSIA PLEASE STOP DENYING THAT THIS PROBLEM IS YOURS. FIX IT!
[Version 2.1.2]

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Ambrosia Software, Inc. (developer) replied on 30 Sep 2008
Hello Andy,
You previously refused to send us any log files, including the ones you sent to Apple, or steps to replicate the issue. We tried to help you back in April but you wanted to peruse legal methods instead. If you would like to work with us to to get to the bottom of your issue, you can send any relevant information to Help@AmbrosiaSW.com. Thank you...
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Pen_sq had trouble on 30 Jan 2008
Snapz Pro X conflicts with VLC. Every time VLC plays a movie with any output mode besides ascii-art, it crashes. No Quartz, no GL, only ugly Text works. On the plus side, Snapz has an excellent uninstaller, once the kernel module was removed, VLC was back in business.

Quicksilver will break Snapz' attempt to set up a key binding. This can easily be remedied by setting up a binding in QS, just set an open action on Snapz Pro X.app.

It's a good trade-off if you happen to be filming "you suck at Photoshop", Jing doesn't have the performance for quality captures.
[Version 2.1.2]

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Ambrosia Software, Inc. (developer) replied on 19 Feb 2008
Hello-
I'm not aware of any conflict with VLC. I use VLC all the time - both here at work and at home - with Snapz Pro X 2 running in the background at all times.

If I understand correctly, VLC crashes whenever it plays a movie - QuickTime, AVI, DVD doesn't matter- so long as it's not just ASCII art(?), VLC will crash with SP X running in the background.

I just played all three formats with no problems on any machine here.

When it does crash, what happens?

Have you contacted Tech Support here at Ambrosia? I'm not finding any similar reports and certainly don't recall any.

Please send a brief description of the issue and any crashlogs referencing VLC found inside Home/Library/Logs/CrashReporter to help@AmbrosiaSW.com. We'll see if it's something SP X is doing incorrectly.
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R33c3 commented on 01 Mar 2008
If your having the VLC conflict, just reencode the movie through ffmpeg. Its a free program, and can be found here on this website.
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mike93 had trouble on 03 Dec 2005
Doesn't work as of the latest security update, the videos are less than 100k, and there's nothing in them but one frame.. Still great software!
[Version 2.0.2]

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MagnusApollo commented on 16 Dec 2005
If you are having problems with the movies created, for instance, it's either all white, or displays only the first frame, this is due to a bug in the H.264 codec related to the keyframe option. If the option to set a keyframe is chosen, QuickTime will not save the movie properly.

The only workaround is to either deselect the keyframe option in the Video Settings of the Save Movie dialog, or select a different codec until this bug is addressed by Apple.

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Derekcurrie rated on 30 Oct 2013

[Version 2.5.4]



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dsimer rated on 10 Sep 2013

[Version 2.5.2]



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Rowan rated on 14 Jun 2013

[Version 2.5.2]



Taropavel rated on 29 Apr 2013

[Version 2.5.2]



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[Version 2.5.1]



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DirkM rated on 21 Dec 2012

[Version 2.5.1]



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Raphael_Sebban_a4d0943fe0e776570d5bf244ce35d6f4 rated on 20 Dec 2012

[Version 2.5.1]



Alex Wallace rated on 19 Dec 2012

[Version 2.5.1]



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Alex2911 rated on 07 Dec 2012

[Version 2.5.1]


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With Snapz Pro X, picture-perfect screenshots are just a keystroke away.

Share your Mac experience with friends and family by capturing screenshots and videos in a wide variety of formats.

Smarter image and video sharing

Whether you're a business manager leading a meeting, a teacher developing a lesson plan, or a home user with an idea you want to capture, you'll love having the advantage of sharing screenshots and videos from your Mac.

Easy editing

Scale, crop, and dither your screenshots, or add customized borders and watermarks. Snapz Pro X offers countless ways to stylize and and tailor your images for any occasion.

Flexible formats for your finished product

Snapz Pro X lets you export your images as a wide variety of file types: bmp, pict, gif, jpg, png, tiff, pdf, and PhotoShop files. You can even record your actions as helpful QuickTime movies.

Mac-native power, for smoother performance

Snapz Pro takes full advantage of its Mac-native design, giving you access to of-the-minute features like extended file names, automatic icon previewing, Unicode support, and more


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