macOS, Reviews

ScreenFloat, a screenshot utility for macOS with a twist that makes life so much easier

Sometimes you come across a product that you didn’t know you needed until you see it, try it and are amazed. ScreenFloat is such a utility, available for macOS only. It’s compatible with High Sierra and you get a 15-day trial period without the watermark nonsense some other vendors insist you’ll put up with.

Imagine these scenarios: you have a website and need to take screenshots often or you’re a photographer and want to quickly send Photoshop comps to customers, or you’re like me and need to add screenshots to almost all of your software reviews. What are you doing at the moment? Right, you’re probably using the macOS keyboard shortcut, have the screenshot dumped on your Desktop and edit it or send it after dragging it from there.

Often, though, that screenshot becomes part of the chaos on that Desktop, with you losing time prying it from underneath open windows and active apps – or perhaps your Desktop is so chock-full of icons, aliases and other things, it is hard to find the shot in the first place.

That’s when ScreenFloat will be a revelation. I have just now discovered it and already it has proven to be a life saver, especially when you’re on a deadline.

ScreenFloat lets you take your screenshots with a keyboard shortcut, but when you’ve released the keys, instead of dumping the shot on your Desktop, it pops up a floating window with the shot inside. That window will stay on top of everything, until you tell it to go away.

Now, there could be a problem with having a floating window that stays on top: if your screenshot consists of a large area, everything gets covered up. That’s been taken care of by the ability to just drag the sides to make it smaller.

As soon as the floater has been made, you can access a menu, but better yet, when you hover over the floating screenshot, there’s a tiny icon at the bottom-left that pops up. You can drag that to any app you want and have a copy of the screenshot in there. I tried dragging to a Ulysses sheet, dropping into a Mail message, onto the Pixelmator icon in the Dock – it all works brilliantly.

When you’re finished, you can close the window and it’ll be gone. But the screenshot itself is saved to the ScreenFloat Shots Browser for later use. If you don’t want that, you can, however, get rid of it immediately.

In short, ScreenFloat is a little gem and it has unexpected uses as well. For example, need to enter a phone number in Skype’s rather unhandy phone number panel? If it occurs on a web page in  an image, you can use ScreenFloat, switch to Skype and type in what you see directly.

It’s only 9 Euros and it’s available in the App Store or directly from the vendor’s website. Recommended!