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Jing – The Free Screenshot and Sharing Tool For Windows and MAC

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In a previous article we talked about sharing screenshots through using Techsmith’s SnagIt.  Today I’m going to cover their free screen capturing tool Jing.   Jing is built to be very user-friendly, even grandma could get the hang of it with just a little bit of practice (although she may need help setting it up).

Jing allows you to EASILY capture and share (or not) your screen captures to your favorite friends and websites without any hassle.  The program works hand-in-hand with which is a friendly and effective online photo storage and sharing site that gives you to store 2GB of space and 2GB of bandwidth for free!  Although Jing allows you to also capture video on your screen, today I’m only going to cover it’s screenshot features.

Simple Jing Setup

1. Download Jing from for Windows or your MAC.  The installation is simple, just run the installer.

download jing for free in either windows or mac os x

2. When you first setup Jing there is clever Introduction Video.  You can watch it if you like or go straight to bottom-right and Click the Skip button.

skip the jing introduction video because its annoying

3. To use Jing,  you are required to create a account.  This is really to your benefit since Screencast is a great online service similar to Photobucket or Flickr but without all the strings attached and limits.

Note: Normally I would uncheck any type of “I want to help make this program better” box, but Jing (Techsmith) has a very groovy privacy policy and your information is generally safe regardless of what they are collecting.  Not to mention they collect non-specific information anyways.

you must use a account in order to access jing, its easy to create a free onejing has excellent terms of service and privacy policy

Once you’ve created your account, you’re ready to use Jing!  There are still a few settings that we really should adjust, but we’ll talk about those a little bit later on in the article.

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Using Jing To Capture Screenshots and Share Them Easily

1. The first thing to appear on your screen once installation finishes is the small Sun which docks on the edge of your desktop.  If you hover over it you’ll see a few options appear.  If you find the dockable sun annoying, all of it’s buttons can be accessed just as easily from the system tray.  If your itching to take a screenshot however, the left button of the sun can be used to do so.

the jing sundock expands if you hover on it bu tit is really annoying and you can disable it  as we wills how later

2. There are several ways to take a screenshot, the sun button as mentioned above, using a hotkey, and initiating a screen capture from the system tray icon.  Once you hit the screenshot button, simply Draw a Box around what you would like to save.  A small info bar will follow your mouse around and give you the exact dimensions (in pixels) of your capture.

jing makes taking a screenshot as easy as drawing a box

3. Once you let go of the mouse Jing will capture your selection.  You’ll be brought into a pre-save screen where you can redo your selection or change it to a video.  For this example we’ll continue on and Click Capture image.

the jing capture preview lets you confirm you capture what you wanted to

4. You’ll arrive at the Jing editing window.  It is fairly basic with only a few editing tools, but what is really nice is the sharing features.  If you Click Share via if will automatically be uploaded and the URL automatically copied to your clipboard so all you have to do is Paste the Image URL wherever you would like to share it.  Additional settings can be applied to Share to Youtube, Twitter, Flickr, and even FTP.  Read on to look at changing the settings to make Jing easier to use.

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Screencast uploaded image example

Jing lets you do minimal editing but lets you quickly share and that makes it useful

Change Jing Default Settings For Easier Use

1. To access the Jing settings window, Right-Click the Jing icon from your system tray.  Click More.

access the jing setting page from the system tray using the more option

2. Jing keeps things simple as there is only 1 settings page.  First thing I recommend is to Set a Capture hotkey. Print Screen is is an obvious choice since it’s the default windows screen capture button.  If you set a hotkey you can disable the docked Sun on your screen.

Next if you want to set up Jing for sharing to more than just then Click Customize… under Sharing buttons.

the jing settings window is simple and easy to setup, set up your capture hotkey, hide the jing sun, and customize your sharing buttons to add more services like twitter and flickr

3. Click the New box to set up a new button.

click the new button to add a new jing share button

4. To create a Jing button to share with any service just click the service tab and enter your information.  For Twitter, Click the Twitter tab and then Click the Get Twtitter PIN… button.

use the twitter tab to set up jing to share quickly to twitter

5. You’ll be taken to the Twitter application authorization page in your internet browser,  enter your Twitter account information and then Click Allow.  You’ll then be taken to a page with a number displayed in the middle, Copy that number and then Paste it under Enter your PIN:.

allow jing access to your twitter account

Now when you take a screen capture you can share it directly to Twitter, and even type in a tweet message to go along with it.

The process is equally as simple for Flickr and YouTube.  Very groovy!

tweet from your jing program and share your images at the same time the new tweet shows up instantly with your image in the url shortener

Jing’s ease of use and price (free) make it one of my favorite tools.  This should come as no surprise being that Jing comes from Techsmith, the creators of Snagit and Camtasia Studio.  The standard for screenshot captures and Video screencasts and 2 of my favorite tools!  Looking at all the screenshots on, I’m sure you can understand why!

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One Response to Jing – The Free Screenshot and Sharing Tool For Windows and MAC

  1. ShockerSH December 23, 2009 at 9:13 am #

    So I'm REALLY diggin JING. Read the article last night and I've been playing with it ever since. REALLY cool stuff. Love the video capture also! thnx dex

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