Make easy screenshots with Aviary

Here’s a new website that will make it easier to take screenshots of other sites to save to your desktop or to embed into your blog or your wiki.

It’s called Aviary. And it’s a neat, free, image editing application. You can create images from scratch, and share them with others online.

Aviary - Welcome!.png by dannynic on Aviary

But as well as that, it has a screen capture feature.

If you use Firefox you can get “Talon” an Aviary plug in that puts a small button onto your toolbar. Just click that button and select the area you want to grab. You then get the option to save that image to your desktop, copy to the clipboard or have it hosted on Aviary to easily embed online.

Like this:

doodle.png  on Aviary

Which was a pretty painless way of grabbing a section of my Twitter page.

You need to sign up for an Aviary account, but it was free to do so (there are pricing plans for more advanced use of the site)

Aviary also lets you edit and manipulate images online once you’ve captured them – or upload your own images to edit.

As well as the Firefox button, Aviary has just launched it’s easiest feature yet!

You can capture any webpage at all, from any browser, by simply putting Aviary.com/ in front of the URL!

For example, say you want to capture Google’s homepage:
Just change http://www.google.com to Aviary.com/http://google.com.

Very simple.

Edit – if you like this – Lifehacker has just reviewed the Five Best Online Image Editors, and Aviary is on the list, along with Sumo Paint, Photoshop Express, Pixlr and Picnik. I’d probably also add Splashup to the list.

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Author: Danny Nicholson

Danny is an author, Science teacher, ICT Consultant, PGCE lecturer and computing / interactive whiteboard trainer. He has delivered training courses across the UK, in Europe, and in Canada. Please get in touch with your training requests.

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