7 Things You Can Do With Zight’s Snipping Tool

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Zight | July 22, 2021 | 6 min read time

Article Last Updated: February 19, 2024

7 Things You Can Do With Zight’s Snipping Tool

Looking for an alternative to the Windows Snipping Tool?

Maybe you’re looking for something that records video as well as takes screenshots. Or maybe you need more annotation options than what Microsoft’s solution gives you. Either way, Zight (formerly CloudApp) is for you.

In this article, we’ll cover what Zight (formerly CloudApp)’s snipping tool is and seven ways you can utilize it to quickly improve your professional and personal workflows.

What is Zight (formerly CloudApp)’s Snipping Tool?

Zight (formerly CloudApp) is a popular alternative to the Microsoft Windows Snipping Tool. With it, Windows users can quickly and easily capture screenshots, record videos, annotate images, and more.

We’ll talk more about Zight (formerly CloudApp) use cases in the next section. But first, why would you want to use Zight (formerly CloudApp) instead of Microsoft’s Snipping Tool?

In a word: options.

Zight (formerly CloudApp) provides a far more extensive variety of options when it comes to content creation and manipulation.

For example, the regular Windows Snipping Tool doesn’t even record videos at all, not to mention its lack of annotation capabilities compared to Zight (formerly CloudApp).

Want to add emojis to your image? How about arrows? Need to blur out specific lines of text?

Then Zight (formerly CloudApp) is the tool for you.

What Can You Do With Zight (formerly CloudApp)’s Snipping Tool?

We mentioned a few of the things you can do with Zight (formerly CloudApp) in the section above. But let’s dig a little deeper.

Here are seven Zight (formerly CloudApp) use cases you should be aware of:

1. Create Custom Screenshots

If it’s on your computer screen, Zight (formerly CloudApp)’s snipping tool can take a picture of it. All you have to do is download Zight (formerly CloudApp) and install the app on your device—it’s completely free. Then follow these three easy steps to create amazing screenshots in seconds:

  1. Open Zight (formerly CloudApp) and select the “Camera” icon.
  2. Click and drag your mouse over the portion of screen you want to capture.
  3. Release your hold on the mouse to take a screenshot.

That’s all there is to it! With Zight (formerly CloudApp), it’s easy to create custom screenshots for business and personal use, annotate them, and distribute to your designated receivers.

2. Annotate Your Screen Grabs

Once you’ve captured your screen, what do you do with the image? Whatever you want, really. But many Zight (formerly CloudApp) users take advantage of our app’s built-in annotation ability.

Take a few moments to clarify the screenshot you just created. For example, you can add arrows to point out specific elements of your image. Or you can add text boxes to explain your thoughts about something in the picture. As mentioned above, shapes and emojis can be added, too.

Using Zight (formerly CloudApp) to annotate screen grabs couldn’t be simpler. All you have to do is:

  1. Select the image you want to annotate inside Zight (formerly CloudApp).
  2. Choose the “Annotation” tool from the menu of options.
  3. An editing window will appear. Choose annotations from the left-hand menu.
  4. Your edited image will automatically be saved to your Zight (formerly CloudApp) library.

3. Shoot Multiple Kinds of Videos

Zight (formerly CloudApp) does more than take screenshots—a key difference between our solution and the Windows Snipping Tool. With Zight (formerly CloudApp), you can also capture multiple kinds of videos.

  • Marketing Videos: Marketers love Zight (formerly CloudApp) because it allows them to create creative content (think videos for email campaigns, blog posts, social media, etc.) in less time.
  • Sales Videos: Don’t tell prospects about your products, show them. Sales teams use Zight (formerly CloudApp) to demo products (especially software products) and shorten sales cycles.
  • Support Videos: Around the world, support teams use Zight (formerly CloudApp) to close support tickets up to 3x faster and boost customer satisfaction rates.
  • Engineering Videos: Top engineers use Zight (formerly CloudApp)’s video functionality to quickly capture and report on software bugs so that product teams know what to work on.
  • Design Videos: Professional designers like Zight (formerly CloudApp), too, because they can record themselves, via their computer’s webcam, to easily explain design changes.

Of course, you can also create videos for personal use. With Zight (formerly CloudApp), the limits of your screen capture abilities are only limited by your imagination.

4. Easily Distribute Your Content

Annotated screenshots and brand-related videos won’t benefit you much if they don’t reach their target audiences. Fortunately, Zight (formerly CloudApp) makes it easy to distribute content.

For example, you can embed your Zight (formerly CloudApp)-created images and videos anywhere—your website, an email campaign, a support ticket, etc. All you have to do is select the type of code required and copy the embed code from your Zight (formerly CloudApp) “Share” page.

You can also share your images and videos via Zight (formerly CloudApp) links, which are automatically generated once you’ve used our solution to create content. Links can be shared in Slack chats, emails, text messages, and more and will lead your audience to individualized landing pages where they can view and comment on your work.

5. Integrate With Your Favorite Tools

We’re going to go out on a limb here and guess that you and your team use multiple tools to get your work done every day, right? That’s why Zight (formerly CloudApp) integrates with top solutions like Zendesk, Trello, G Suite, Slack, Wordpress, Asana, and, yes, Microsoft Office.

These integrations enable you to drag and drop your Zight (formerly CloudApp) content directly into the apps listed above, allowing you to save time and stave off unnecessary frustration.

Don’t see your favorite apps on the Zight (formerly CloudApp) integration page? Not to worry, Zight (formerly CloudApp) also integrates with Zapier, which means you can connect our solution to thousands of others.

In other words, Zight (formerly CloudApp) can improve your workflow, no matter what your workflow is.

6. Boost Team-Wide Productivity

There are a lot of apps for productivity on the market. Few of them will speed up your team’s workflow like Zight (formerly CloudApp)—at least when it comes to communication.

Typing out detailed emails takes too long in our modern world. Instead, shoot a video of yourself (via your computer’s webcam) simply saying what you need to say. Or of your computer screen to illustrate specific processes and/or workflows. Or both.

Maybe video isn’t the right way to go. If that’s how you feel, take screenshots and annotate them with shapes, text, and emojis to properly communicate your thoughts in less time.

7. Minimize Miscommunications

Zight (formerly CloudApp) won’t just help you communicate faster, it will help you communicate better, so that you can minimize miscommunications between you and your team, your customers, your friends and family, or anyone else you’re speaking to.

Because videos, GIFs, and screenshots are visual, they’re easier to understand than a wall of text like you’d send in a standard email. Annotations boost clarity even more by literally spelling out your thoughts or highlighting specific elements in your images.

We’re not saying you should completely get rid of text-based communication channels like email. But when absolute clarity is a must, Zight (formerly CloudApp) is the right tool for the job.

Get Started With Zight (formerly CloudApp)’s Snipping Tool

Zight (formerly CloudApp) is the perfect Windows Snipping Tool alternative because it’s easy to use and actually does more than Microsoft’s solution. You can take and annotate screenshots with Zight (formerly CloudApp), sure. But you can also create videos and distribute them with ease.

The best part is, Zight (formerly CloudApp) is free!

Sign up for your free Zight (formerly CloudApp) account today to start using our screenshot, screen recording, GIF creation, and image annotation features immediately. If you decide you want access to premium features like custom branding, CTAs, and analytics, upgrade to one of our premium plans, which start at just $9.95 a month/user.

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