Dru Kepple
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Dru Kepple reviewed on 07 Mar 2011
I've been a user for a long time, since the early days of OS X, so it's sort of the baseline by which I measure all other screen capture utilities.

The one feature I absolutely love that no other utility seems to have is the "fat bits" window, which is a little loupe for zooming in around your cursor. It lets you get exactly the right pixels in your capture.

I also use the fat bits window to take on-screen measurements, without taking a picture, as a regular tool in my toolbox. Possibly even more than taking screen caps. When people watch me do that they're always interested in what I'm using.

I also appreciate that Snapz Pro doesn't insert itself into the app switcher when running. That makes for a slicker video capture when you're demoing software and switching apps is part of the demo.

I do find the video capture workflow a little odd; you kind of only have one chance to get your movie. It would be nice if they took some cues from Wiretap in terms of creating a library of your captures, so you can always go back and re-export if the export turned out less-than-ideal.

There are two features I wish Snapz had. One is the ability to capture "objects" (windows) with their shadows as provided by the system, not the shadow that can be applied as an option in Snapz. Acorn does this, and it's nice to retain the "Apple approved" shadow, and still be able to separate it from the stuff behind the window.

The other feature is annotation, like Skitch. I know that then you're really kicking it up a notch, but I do find the ability to circle stuff and make short labels on the image a helpful thing when showing a colleague something that's not working right.

All in all, it's a must have for me. In general I like the minimalist approach to the UI.
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Dru Kepple had trouble on 05 Jun 2009
Sorry to post a question in the review section, but that's MacUpdate's fault for not having a question section!

So, it seems that there's quite a bit of disagreement on this forum about what exactly RipIt is good for. It sounds like some have had some good success on ripping otherwise hard-to-rip discs, and others have not.

Here's a specific question: how well does RipIt handle recent Pixar releases? I've been quite happy with HandBrake (and optionally Mac the Ripper), but they've choked on Ratatouille and Wall-e, and I've had to turn to enormously complex alternate routes that involved PC software, demuxing software, and DVD Studio Pro. If I could just get a decrypted disc image onto my Mac easily, I'm sure this wouldn't be such a pain.

It seems like Disney and Pixar have been putting crazy tough encryption on their discs lately...who can free these discs? Who can liberate this media to its rightful place in iTunes? Is RipIt the One?
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