Annotate, Improve, And Streamline Your Screenshots With Share Bucket [OS X Tips]

ShareBucket

Screenshots are the life blood of this tips column, and I’m willing to bet a lot of you use the feature, built right in to your Mac, to capture images of stuff on your screen to share with friends, family, co-workers, and so on. It’s super simple to use; just hit Command-Shift-3 to take a picture of the whole screen, or Command-Shift-4 to just select a portion of it.

Any challenger to this ease of use is going to have to have something a little extra. Share Bucket may just be that app. Not only can it take screenshots of portions of your screen, but it can annotate those screenshots with circles, arrows, and blurs (for confidential info). Better yet, it connects to not one, but three different cloud services: Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft’s SkyDrive.

First of all, download Share Bucket to your Mac. It’s free and in the Mac App Store, so you have no excuse.

Once downloaded, you’ll launch the app and connect it to one of the three services with a quick login to that service. I chose Dropbox, as it’s still my favorite of the three services, and one I actually pay for, so I have tons of storage.

Once connected, you can use the menu bar icon for Share Bucket to initiate a screen capture; just choose Capture and Annotate and then click and drag the crosshairs across the area of the screen you want to capture. The screenshot will then appear in the Share Bucket window, letting you annotate with the built in tools. Click on the blur tool and click and drag across any area you want to blur out.

Now, and here’s where it gets cool, you can rename the file in the field at the bottom of the Share Bucket window, as well as choose what format you want the image in. No more fiddling about with the command line, only getting one file type at a time. Now you have four!

If you want to save the image to your Mac, hit the download button, just to the right of the filename field. If you want to save your image to Dropbox (or whatever service you chose when setting Share Bucket up), simply hit the Share button. Your image will go right to a special folder, easily accessed from any other Mac or computer of your choice, via Drobpox. This is great stuff.

You can set hotkeys to grab screenshots in the Preferences for Share Bucket, but you won’t be able to replace the Command-Shift-4 of the built-in shortcuts. Luckily, Option-Shift-4 is a pretty easy switch, and you’ll get used to it as you go. Unfortunately, there isn’t an option to take a shot of the whole screen, but you can always do that with the built-in Command-Shift-3 and then drag it into Share Bucket for annotation and sharing.

About the author

Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, Creative Screenwriting, Shelf-Awareness, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef, and send him a cookie once in a while; he'll really appreciate it.

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