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I am meanwhile getting used to the question of which screenshot software is the best on OS X, and how to easily do screenshots in OS X.

The other day a friend of mine was asking me if I could be so kind as to develop him a small and simple tool to easily to a few screenshots from time to time.

Here come the good news: On OS X, you do not need any special for doing screenshots. OS X (now macOS) has some unique shortcuts natively embedded which make it convenient to take screenshots easily:

Command-Shift-3:
Take a screen shot of the screen, and save it as a file on the desktop

Command-Shift-4, then select an area:
Take a screenshot of an area and save it as a file on the desktop

Command-Shift-4, then space, then click a window:
Take a screenshot of a window and save it as a file on the desktop

Command-Control-Shift-3:
Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it to the clipboard

Command-Control-Shift-4, then select an area:
Take a screenshot of an area and save it to the clipboard

Command-Control-Shift-4, then space, then click a window:
Take a screenshot of a window and save it to the clipboard

Paid software is only needed for enhanced features, for instance, if you want to record a movie, sound, etc. But for standard functionality as quickly taking a screenshot of any window or a part of a screen, the essential feature is by far enough and doesn't request any further tools.

Please have a look into the following guide 'Taking Screen shots in Mac OS X' to get some advanced hints on how to use the embedded functionality.

Which screenshot software is the best on OS X? SnapzProX from Ambrosia Software is probably one of the best tools out of many, but mainly oversized for the average end-users concerning functionality. macOS comes natively with a few key shortcuts which will do the job for you.