The Grab tool supplied with Mac OS X is perfectly fine for occasional screen captures of windows, selected areas of the screen or even the screen itself. You can overlay a mouse pointer if you wish and the results are perfectly serviceable. The problem is, the more you use it, the more frustrating it becomes. It's a basic tool, and it's not as easy to use as it might be.

Mindful of this, TechSmith ported its popular Windows screen-capture tool on to the Mac platform. It can capture the desktop, windows, scrolling windows and regions, instantly or via a user-defined delay, all with single keystrokes. There are handy editing tools too: customisable elements for drawing attention to parts of the grabbed images, special effects such as borders, shadows and perspective, plus the ability to combine images simply by dragging one on to another – all with layers, enabling you to easily put together customised screens.

Finished images can be dragged and dropped directly into other applications, including Office and iWorks, plus there are options for sharing via the web, email or FTP too. All grabs are held in a capture tray, for easy retrieval and reviewing, and all unsaved grabs are automatically stored too, just in case.

Once installed, Snagit resides in two places: a camera icon in the menu bar, plus a handy, yet unobtrusive, tab on the right of the screen: click it to access the key options you need, such as whether or not to include the cursor and what hotkey to use. Elect to capture a window, and Snagit will arrange all open windows allowing you to easily click the one you wish to grab – it's this attention to detail that makes it a major step up from the bundled Grab tool, and one that will appeal to those who regularly create and edit screenshots.

What's new in v2019.1.0 (see the version history for more info)?

- Now able to add text and Step graphics to your combined images.
- Now able to choose theme colors, font, and canvas orientation for your combined images.
- Added checkbox to view original image while working in Simplify tool.
- Added rectangle shape to Magnify tool.
- Added a new recording component for system audio on newer hardware.
- Capture window Preset tooltips are no longer blank on Mojave.
- Added Enter as a hotkey to quickly take an image capture from All-in-One.
- Resolved a problem with multiple "try again" alerts on failed captures.
- Open or expanded menus no longer block Snagit from capturing on Mojave.
- Tagging now correctly works on multiple images in the Library.
- Added more British English stamp search terms.
- Customized stamp search terms are no longer overwritten after an upgrade.
- Stamp search keywords now save on popover close.
 -Resolved inaccurate stamp category tooltips.
- Fixed crash that can happen when loading stamps.
- Snap lines on top side of small objects no longer disappear.
- Recents Tray no longer allows no media to be selected.
- Editor no longer allows dragging a video to the canvas.
- Multiple polygon shapes expanding canvas now return to original size.
- Cursor from capture can now be correctly undone.
- Fit to screen is properly preserved on undo/revert.
- Combining images updates to correctly exclude graphics that exist completely outside the canvas.
- Fixed a crash in the Favorites tool when changing font sizes.
- Resolved an issue with snapping for polygon Blur shapes.
- Deleting styles or tools that are favorited no longer result in blank Favorites Quick Styles.
- Edit Text now correctly fills with an Auto-Fill Background .
- Resolved an issue where multiple Quick Styles could be selected at the same time.
- Video recording no longer fails after unplugging a microphone while Snagit is not running.
- Resolved an issue with repeated microphone warning messages on Mojave 10.14.
- Resolved an issue where videos could result in 0:00 timestamp in the Library.

Verdict

Snagit for Mac is packed full of useful features that make it a compelling proposition – just a shame about the high price tag.