When it comes to apps for your Mac, is there anything new under the sun for those of us involved in the graphic and design world?
In a word, ScreenFloat.
This clever utility formalizes the duct tape and paper clip actions that some of us employ just to make a decent workflow. Here’s the problem that gets solved. I need to capture a section of the Mac’s screen, yet leave it visible and accessible while I work on a separate app.
Who do you do that?
Any one of a dozen ways, all multi-step, cumbersome, and cluttered. I could use Apple’s Grab app, capture a section of the screen, and move the window around, but that becomes unwieldy with multiple captures. Historically, I’ve opened TextEdit or Preview, taken a screen snapshot, dropped the image into either app, but that ends up being too many steps for efficient productivity.
It takes snapshots of the screen sections you want and lets them float in front of other app windows. There’s even a built-in screen capture Shots Browser which quickly becomes a library of screenshots.
Use built-in hotkeys to capture a screenshot or app window. The captured screenshots are saved for later use in the Shots Browser (a good place to rename, tag, organize screenshots). Screenshot images are easily transported to other Mac graphic apps, and you can specify default apps, too.
The key to success in ScreenFloat is the workflow. It eliminates a few steps, focuses on the actual screenshot, but gives you a quick and easy library of screenshots as you work. This one is totally work the few dollars in the price tag.