I was cruising the Mac app store over the weekend looking for a screen capture tool with more functionality than Skitch but at a more affordable price than SnagIt when I stumbled across Voilà – normally $29.99 but currently on sale for $9.99. The reviews were great and the price was right so I bought it.
What a delight! This isn’t just a screen capture tool, it’s also a screen recorder, an image editor and an organizer. The tools for capturing screen shots includes just about any size or shape imaginable along with timed captures for grabbing menus or popup boxes. Once you’ve captured something, it’s added into Voilà’s organizer/editor app. iPhoto users will be quite at home in this app for organizing and editing those screenshots.
Front and center is the current capture with previous screenshots displayed as thumbnails across the bottom. As with iPhoto, my captures can be organized by dragging them to the smart folders shown in the left sidebar. Not only can I create my own folders, there’s an information panel that can be displayed on the right to add metadata to each capture. Think how useful this can be for capturing screenshots from research sources.
At the top of the left sidebar are tabs for the Organizer, Tools and Effects. The annotation tools are delightful giving me plenty of options to select fonts, colors and sizes for lines, arrows and boxes. I was pleasantly surprised as I placed some annotations onto a screenshot to discover built-in placement tools to help align text items and boxes.
Once I’ve finished editing a screenshot, I then have tons of options for saving/sharing it. It is automatically saved within the Voilà library – filed and managed in much the same manner as iPhoto handles photographs. I can also send them to iPhoto, Mail, Flickr, YouTube (screen recordings) or an FTP location. Drag an item from the thumbnails at the bottom of the window to the desktop and it is automatically saved and ready to be uploaded to WordPress.
I know I’ve hardly scratched the surface of Voilà’s capabilities. I haven’t tried the screen recorder yet and even if I never use it, I’m very pleased with my purchase. Screen capture is an everyday tool in both my writing and research workflows. Voilà provides an impressive toolset at a very affordable price.