As a passionate technology user, I have used numerous screenshot applications. However, ScreenFloat is the one that I use daily while working on my computer. I wrote a review about the original ScreenFloat app in 2021, and now I am thrilled to share a review of the recently released ScreenFloat 2.
One of the most compelling features of version 2 is the ability to produce floating screenshots automatically. This feature has been a game-changer for me. I find it particularly useful when working on multiple projects and referencing information from different sources. With floating screenshots, I can keep the necessary information visible and easily accessible, saving me from the hassle of constantly switching between windows or tabs.
How I Use ScreenFloat
Here are a few ways I’ve found floating screenshots to be helpful:
- Reminders: I create floating screenshots of information, how-tos, and instructions I need to review later.
- If troubleshooting a problem, I often take a screenshot of the described solution to reference it while fixing it.
- If I am working on an article, building a website, or troubleshooting an issue, I can take floating screenshots to assist me with my work.
- Referencing information: Floating screenshots allow me to keep important information visible while working on something else.
- Multi-tasking: I can keep track of data or information from different sources while working on a project.
- I save floating shots in the ScreenFloat browser that illustrate how to use a feature in an application or webpage.
Before ScreenFloat 2, I also used CleanShot X, another popular screenshot tool on the market. While both tools offer excellent features, ScreenFloat 2 has unique capabilities like a color picker, file size compression, and OCR capture. CleanShot X has some premium features that might cause you to use it instead of ScreenFloat. For example, you can share links to screenshots saved in your CleanShot X. ScreenFloat allows for saving shots to and sharing links from your iCloud account, but the CleanShot X cloud sharing is a little better for managing and sharing shots in the cloud.
One significant difference between the two applications is that CleanShot X requires a subscription for many of its premium features, while ScreenFloat 2 does not.
ScreenFloat 2 Features
The first version of ScreenFloat could only take screenshots, drag and drop them to the Finder, and save them to the browser library. But developer Matthias Gansrigler has added nearly everything missing in the original version of ScreenFloat.
Significant new features of version 2 include desktop video capture, a color picker, the ability to annotate and resize screenshots, and fancy OCR capture. You can see many of the new features when you right-click on a floating shot.
The second version also excels in its exporting, printing, and sharing capabilities. Whether it’s a quick drag-and-drop to another app or a proper export with format, quality, and metadata adjustments, the application has got you covered.
For larger files, such as a large screenshot or a long video, users can upload it to iCloud and share the link instead. This feature is particularly beneficial for professionals who need to share high-quality screenshots or videos with clients or team members.
Another impressive feature of the new version is the Color Picker. This feature allows users to pick colors from floating shots in four ways – hex, RGB, HSL, or float values. This feature is handy for designers and artists who must match or identify specific colors. Moreover, version 2 also maintains a history of your recent color picks, which can be a time-saver when working on projects that require a consistent color scheme.
Tip: if you drag a floating screenshot to the desktop and close the opened shot, you can drag the shot on the desktop to the ScreenFloat icon in the Menubar to reopen it as a floating shot.
Floating Shot Visibility
Another well-thought-out feature of ScreenFloat 2 is the Shot Visibility feature. You can save a floating to remain visible in the app or Desktop Space it was taken. So, for example, I saved a few shots taken while using the screen recording application Tella. The shots remind me to use a few editing features in the application that I often can’t remember. Those shots don’t appear until I open Tella.
The Brower Library
The Shots Browser is another feature that sets ScreenFloat 2 apart. It provides users with an organized space to manage their screenshots. Users can rate, favorite, tag, and even add notes to their screenshots.
You can save a screenshot to an existing or new folder without opening the ScreenFloat browser. You can even create a new folder folder from the drop-down contextual menu when you right-click on a floating screenshot.
Creating Smart Folders in the browser helps make the browser less cluttered. I created a smart folder that filters shots that are not saved to a folder, and these typically are the folders I will trash later.
You can also create smart folders for filtering favorited shots, shots taken in specific applications, shots with designated words in their title, shots used after a particular date, and much more. See the screenshot below for other parameters.
BetterTouchTool Finger Gestures
As with all my applications, I’ve assigned a few BetterTouchTool finger gestures to use ScreenFloat faster. For example, I use a 3 Finger Swipe Up to trigger a screenshot. I use the 3-Finger Swipe Right over a screenshot to delete it and send it to the trash. And when I move the trackpad cursor to the right corner of the screen, it hides opened screenshots. The following screenshot shows other finger gestures. Read more about BetterTouchTool here.
In conclusion, ScreenFloat 2 is a robust and user-friendly tool that offers many features to make taking and managing screenshots as seamless as possible. Whether it’s the floating screenshots, the extensive markup options, or the intuitive shots browser, ScreenFloat 2 has proven invaluable in my digital toolbox. While CleanShot X is also a great tool, ScreenFloat 2’s unique features and capabilities make it my superior choice. You can download a trial copy of ScreenFloat 2 directly from the developer website or purchase it in the Mac App Store.