PROS / FastStone has a number of editing tools and features to help you fine tune your images and video recordings.
CONS / This software has limited help and support options, and you can only contact customer support through email.
VERDICT / FastStone Capture is a solid screen capture program you can use to make helpful training documents or compelling YouTube videos.
FastStone Capture is an effective and easy-to-use screen capture program you can use to create a variety of projects such as training videos, software tutorials and user manuals. The program comes with a full set of editing tools and features to polish your screen captures or recordings before publishing them. That being said, the program is missing some ease of use features, and its help and support options are lacking. FastStone Capture earns our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award because of its many features and capabilities.
Capture & Editing Tools
FastStone Capture can record video of your screen, so you can create tutorials quickly and efficiently. In addition to recording video, you can capture snapshots of your screen. Unlike some software, this program can capture videogame footage. Once you have your capture, you can insert comments and add text or effects.
With FastStone, you can choose to capture the full screen, an active window, objects, a rectangular region or a freehand region. With this variety of options, you can capture you entire screen, just a small window or anything in between. The program can take a scrolling capture, creating a snapshot of the entire content of a webpage, even if part of it is hidden and requires scrolling to view.
FastStone creates small file sizes for both images and video files. This is an important consideration, especially if you need to create a large number of files for work and want to save space on your hard drive. This program is slightly more system intensive than higher-ranked software but not by a noticeable margin. This means that you can take snapshots or record video of your screen without slowing down your computer, which is important if you want to capture quality videos that don’t lag.
Ease of Use
Out of all the products we reviewed, this program was one of the easiest screen capture software to install. The installation wizard is helpful, and it took less than a minute to install and start capturing images. The program opens a small toolbar when you launch the program, so you can quickly start recording and capturing images without launching a normal-size window.
There isn’t a way to upload files to social media sites directly from the program. This is a consideration if you plan to use the software to regularly create images and videos to post for your followers and friends.
FastStone allows you to save image captures in a number of different formats, which is preferable as some file formats are better for specific situations. For example, you can save images in the JPG format, which are great for uploading images online. You also save them in PNG format, which is a lossless format, meaning the files can be resized without losing image quality, though they tend to be quite large. You can also create PDF files, which are great for capturing documents because text appears sharp and clear.
You can only record videos in the WMV format. While this is a very popular video format, support for MP4 and AVI formats would give you more options for the use of your final products. You can also import images from your scanner and work on them with FastStone's editor.
Help & Support
FastStone Capture gives you an impressive 30-day trial period to test the software before it, but the company’s help and support is lacking from there. It does not offer a FAQs page, and there aren’t any tutorials to walk you through the program step by step. However, you can reach customer support through email if you run into problems. FastStone does not offer phone support.
FastStone Capture is an easy-to-use screen recording program you can use to create any number of projects. Once you capture images or video of your screen, you can use the program’s editing tools to make professional-looking products. FastStone Capture doesn’t offer the extensive help and support resources some of the very best screen capture software we reviewed do. However, the company offers an impressive 30-day trial, allowing you to use and test the program before you buy it.