I think I might finally have found a screenshot app for OS X which is simple enough to replace the built-in screen-capture tools. It’s called Inboard, and it further distinguishes itself by having one of the best app icons ever.
First, here’s what Inboard doesn’t do: It doesn’t let you mark up your captures; it doesn’t let you upload them to any and all sharing services; it doesn’t automatically grab your system screenshots and whisk them off to a hidden folder somewhere (I’m looking at you, Dropbox). What Inboard does do is capture full-window screenshots with a keyboard shortcut, save them to its own library and (optionally) add a title and tags.
The app is so simple it’s like using the built-screenshot service. Even the shortcut is almost the same: ⌘-⇧–5 instead of ⌘-⇧–4. Tapping this key combo brings up a crosshairs that lets you capture an area of the screen. If you then tap the spacebar, the crosshairs turn into a camera to let you capture an entire window. In fact, the only difference here is that Inboard doesn’t add that neat drop-shadow that the system screen-capture adds.
By default, the newly acquired shot will be opened in a tagging window, ready for a title and tags. These are optional (you can even switch off the auto-opening window in the prefs), but make it easier to search for your pictures later (there’s an iTunes-style instant-search box at top right).
Right now I have a Hazel rule that deletes any pictures from my desktop after 30 minutes. This keeps things mostly tidy, but means that I inevitable have to go digging through the trash form time to time if I take too long writing a post. Even if Inbound did nothing more than store my screenshots I’d be in. As it is I’m very happy with this app so far, especially as it’ll let me keep oft-used images like the official iPhone pictures from Apple.
The app is in beta right now, but as far as I can tell it works just great.