Hope you all are doing well and staying safe during these challenging times. It has been nearly 3 months since we posted the response to the COVID-19.
From April 3rd to July 10th
We have been providing unlimited access to and unlimited storage of screen recordings to all users for free since April to help remote working and teaching. The original plan was to reinstate feature limits on July 1st. Though the economy is reopened gradually in most of the world, some sectors are still hard hit. We decided to extend the offer for another 10 days. Limits will be reinstated after July 10th.
After July 10th
If you’re on the free plan and have saved more than 20 videos, your access to more- previously saved videos will be limited after July 10th. Please upgrade to the professional plan to gain unlimited access if you’d like to continue enjoying the service, or download your videos before they are locked if you prefer not to upgrade now.
New Features in 4.3.6
We have spent a lot of effort in the development of new features in the past few months. Today, we’re releasing a new version 4.3.6. What’s coming with this update? First of all, we’d like to introduce the carefully redesigned popup menu, a more user-friendly and easy-to-navigate interface, allowing you to quickly switch between screen recording and screen capture when needed.
You can set either Record or Capture as the default menu based on your primary usage scenario by clicking the Options button then changing the related setting.
Next are the major changes made on the screenshot functionality. Now you can:
Capture a local HTML page
Capture entire screen or app window after delay
Directly copy a screenshot when capturing a selected area
Skip annotating for quick saving
Select an area or annotate a screenshot with pen on touch screen
Add timestamp and page URL to a screenshot
Wondering how to enable some of these functions? Simply click on the Options button in the lower right corner of the popup menu! You will find various settings there. Check them out and customize the extension to your own preference 😀
We have also made some improvements on the recording feature and will keep working on more. Stay tuned!
Feel free to send us a message by clicking the Feedback button in the lower left corner of the popup menu if you have any questions, suggestions or any other issues.
We hope everyone is remaining healthy as the Coronavirus public health crisis deepens. Actually, we feel sorry for the late response. It took us some time to finish this new version which will help more people to work remotely. We have to keep social distance. At the same time, working together remotely has never been more important.
Even before the pandemic struck, remote work accelerated around the world. Under these new circumstances we will now have to learn how to be productive when working from home in addition to learning how to collaborate with colleagues outside of the office.
Awesome screenshot has been about sharing the screen from the very beginning. The natural evolution for sharing the screen is from sharing screenshots to sharing screen videos. Video is playing a growing role in our work life, such as video conferences, video customer service, video product demos etc, especially in this coronavirus crisis.
There are two kinds of video, real time and non-real time video. Real time video, such as Zoom, is a critical part of any video solution for work. We use Zoom often and love it. However, it doesn’t suit all scenarios. Here is a fun diagram from the Internet about a real time video conference. It explains in some cases, such as a short discussion or demonstration, real time video conference may make our work less efficient.
Besides real time video communication, when we are working remotely, one important tool to work with our colleagues or clients is to share our work with non-real time video. Recording the screen is a great way to share our work in many scenarios, such as bug reports, design drafts, product tutorials etc.
With these considerations in mind, we have made significant improvements to the Awesome Screenshot extension and website in this new version that I am excited to share with you! Here we go:
New Extension Menu
Video recording is now a core part of the extension. We not only added new features for video recording, but also arranged them in an easy to access way.
Instant sharing, fast and convenient
Working together also means better integration with other applications.
Fast: Sharing video with colleagues is often very slow. With the new version, you don’t need to “Upload” the video, then share it. After the video is recorded, you can share it instantly.
Convenient: We integrate video sharing with Slack, Trello, Github, Asana, Jira directly in the video page, so it is super easy to connect with your favorite services.
Record both your screen and your camera
Put your face in the video to make it more engaging.
Download as both WebM and MP4 formats
WebM is the default video format for Chrome. However, MP4 format is widely used. Now, you can download your video as a MP4 file.
Fight coronavirus with free access
Besides new features, we will also provide free cloud video recording and access before May 1st to support remote work and fight the coronavirus.
Increase from 30s free recording time to 5 minutes free recording time
1 Month free cloud video recording and access for all
Free for educational use
Please contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a teacher and need to access the professional video feature for educational purposes. We will provide you free access for this semester.
Here is a brief introduction about how to use the video feature in this new version.
Don’t hesitate to let us know how we can better help you.
Integrate with collaborative tools to streamline bug/issue reporting workflow
Are you a member of a quality assurance team? Do you use awesome screenshot to capture bugs/issues and send them to your project management tools? If you do it very often, you will find it’s a quite tedious process. Here are the steps:
Take a screenshot of the bug/issue
Save the screenshot to local disk as a file
Open your project management tool
Write a bug/issue ticket
Add the screenshot as an attachment to the ticket
Submit the ticket
With new Awesome screenshot for Team feature. The workflow will be simplified as the following steps:
Write a bug/issue ticket
It’s a great time saver for quality assurance teams.
Currently, Awesome Screenshot supports Slack, Trello, Asana, Github. Let us know if you want to integrate more collaborative apps. Check out the basic introduction video to see how it works!
Support more cloud storage services
You can save screenshots to Dropbox and Box with the basic premium plan now. Saving to Google Drive is free as it was before.
Improve annotation interface
We redesigned the user interface of the annotation page to provide a better user experience.
Support dark theme
Finally, a dark theme for the popup menu is available now. You can enable it in the extension setting page.
Let us know whether you like these changes or send us your feature requests!
We have added annotation features directly into our web service. Check out our homepage to try out our annotation functions without the need for any plugin or additional software. Now you can easily re-edit images and upload your own images for annotations.