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Ashampoo Snap 9 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Ashampoo Snap 9

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$39.99 EXPIRED
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Ashampoo Snap 9 was available as a giveaway on November 18, 2018!

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Ashampoo Snap 9 is the ideal screenshot and video recording solution for your PC. Capture anything you see on your screen as images or videos and add additional information, e.g. texts or arrows.

A picture is worth a thousand words - if it is done well! Use the integrated text recognition to copy entire pages of text or share your processed images with friends and family. Whether you need to explain, document or simply demonstrate - Snap 9 is always the best choice!

System Requirements:

Windows 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10


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File Size:

55.3 MB



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Video quality was fine, but I could barely make out the audio. there was interference from the mike I think because of bumping noises. anoption that clearly adds only the audio from the video would be appreciated, as well the ability to adjust the audio at the time of recording. I would also have liked to have had the control box be visible to me, while not showing up on the video recording.

Reply   |   Comment by d b  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Loved it so much bought the program! I use it for screen captures all the time and to make instructional videos. Great product.

Reply   |   Comment by Mariank  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

How do I get the free activation code?

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

[ Brian ],

For ALL Ashampoo giveaways:

-- download from GOTD and start install,

-- click [ Get activation code ], a web browser will open.

-- fill in an email address, click on through to crate a relationship with Ashampoo, or confirm your existing relationship with Ashampoo,

-- receive a license code right there in the web browser window ( an email will follow confirming ),

-- cut and paste the code into the awaiting installer window back on your computer, and, voila, you have the program installing and running.

Ashampoo are quirky Germans, but their programs do work as promised.


Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I'm a software trainer, and this program is my go-to for screen shots.

I'm using an older version, so some the below may not apply to this newer version.


hotkeys for shortcuts

An easy blur pen - critical for me to block out personal information

For a while, it could grab drop down menus from windows. In most other programs I've tried the window closes once you 'invoke' the screen cap program.

Has an option to include or exclude the mouse when taking the picture

The mouse can be moved or removed even after the picture is taken. (But not after you save it to disc as a file).

Customer service (for my paid version) has been pretty responsive. They can't always do anything, lol... but they response.

The capture window can be resized once you set it and before you take the cap.


The graphics that can be added to the pic directly after taking it are large and bulky, and kinda hard to navigate. (The red circles and squares, arrows, etc.

The graphics options are a little quirky and hard to understand. (How change the colors, add or remove types of circles, boxes, etc.)

If you ctrl-c the pic once you take it, Snap still saves a copy of it in it's folder. These can pile up and sometimes cause hassles when you want to open a pic to edit.

It's no longer capturing drop down menus as often as it used to. I'm having to used the 'timed capture' more often.

Occasionally the icon doesn't won't show up in the task menu, bottom right. I have to force close the program and restart to get access to it. (Capture options are available there, so when I need something other than a straight capture I have to use it).

Mids ('middles'):

It has a lot of options for:

Taking different kinds of caps - Windows 'window', whole desktop, etc.
Different effects: highlight, spotlight, etc.

Reply   |   Comment by J  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

This is snap 9. Snap 10 appears in to-day's download basket !!!

Reply   |   Comment by Zen  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Zen, What exactly is the download basket? I took a look, the help balloon on mouse-over said "Download Ashampoo 10 for free", so I did. But it's not free, it's just a trial, just like I could get from Ashampoo's site. So what is the basket for/What does it do?

Reply   |   Comment by J  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

[ Zen ] and [ J ],

The download for Ashampoo Snap 10 is free ... to download, but it's a trial, not a free, full-working program.

The GOTD "Basket" is a collection of freebies and trials:

https ://download-basket.giveawayoftheday .com/

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Peter Blaise, Well, thanks for the info.

But... Free to download?! Who charges to download?!

Reply   |   Comment by J  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

[ J ],

-- Franzis.

Many software vendors only permit PAID downloads, no trials.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I like and recommend Ashampoo Snap because it lets you choose which codec to use when recording video. The codec [COmpressor DECompressor] is the encoding software that compresses the video so you can store it on whatever drive -- without compression your device can't write the video file fast enough, and you'd soon run out of storage space.

Most screen capture or recording apps make you use whatever codec the developer includes, and that's not usually the highest quality codec, let alone the one that you might prefer.

Being able to choose which codec to use lets you make a choice based on your hardware's capabilities and your requirements for the video. If you're writing the video file to a very fast drive, you might be able to use something like the UT codec, which saves a complete image for each frame & is lossless -- this is ideal for editing & then re-encoding the video. Or you might choose a x264 VFW codec to save the video in AVC/H.264 format, which can give good quality but small files that are easier to write to disk fast enough for video capture -- if you can't write the files as fast as the video is captured the whole thing fails -- but it requires a little more processing horsepower.





Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Installed without issue, liked the UI, and so far the tested functions

Reply   |   Comment by casperimproved  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Seems ok, I like the OCR optical character recognition capabilities to pull text from images, not highly accurate, requires much editing after capture, but somewhat useful nonetheless.

Otherwise I have to import images into free Adobe Acrobat Writer and perform OCR there.

And there is scanner software that does OCR on image files.

Interesting tool, we'll see if I ever use it twice, compared to other programs with which I am already familiar.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

To the GOD Team:

Really love your download basket...it's a very useful area of the site.

Might I recommend two additions to your internet area? Under Browsers, WaterFox and under VPNs, WindScribe....the later had been a featured giveaway here previously. I can recommend both of these programs. WF is free and a based on Firefox. Both of these are very good software IMHO.

Thanks for all you do. Over the years I have found excellent software and games on your site that I otherwise would not have been able to afford. I am grateful. You all do a very good job. Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by LadyLei  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Thank you Ashampo, I love your software. And thank you GOTD as well!

Reply   |   Comment by Kjell  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)

This is one great program. I've been using it for years. The paid version is much cheaper than other screenshot editors and this has all the features I could ever want . Definitely a keeper.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

To those that asked - yes, it can do video capture and sound recording.

I tested the video capture on the game I happened to be playing at the time. I was not happy with the quality of the video capture. I'm not sure if you can set it to record at higher quality somewhere, I couldn't offhand find it. I also didn't like that the interface opened across the recording area and then was of course recorded as well - I could move it off but then half the interface disappeared in the process. At the end it does give you options for editing that I haven't seen before - but since the quality of the video was unusable to me, the editing tools became redundant.

I did not test the static screenshot functions as I don't need those.

Reply   |   Comment by Kermit  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)


I'm not sure that Snap is the best choice for game recording -- there are several apps optimized just for that, along with add-on devices or cards so you don't use resources best spent gaming. That said, you can choose to display the menu bar or not, and you can choose the codec used, so you can get higher quality encoding. The codec itself normally gives you a GUI of some sort to set the quality level.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

FireShot addon for Chrome and Firefox is very good, plenty of features, and free.

Reply   |   Comment by jj juice  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Is this the same as the Ashampoo Snap 9 offered before (which I have)?
Looks very impressive, but like Clairvaux below, I've never been able to figure out how to use it. Are there any nice-and-slow YouTube demonstrations?

Reply   |   Comment by glnz  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

#1 yeah, and why Snap 9 when Snap 10 was offered a year ago? The deficiencies in screen capture utilities shows up when there are both horizonal and vertical scroll bars ie part of the image is off screen in both directions. Most only cater for instances where the image is off-screen vertically and can't handle where it is both directions. Those that profess to do so cannot do so 100% of the time. Snagit probably is the best performer but unfortunately it is not free. A free version has been offered online but Techsmith has confirmed that it is illegitimate.

Sadly Snap 9 like most others failed to cut the mustard with me. I was quite disappointed because I like Ashampoo products and generally find them sound and worthwhile. You can always opt out of their pushed promotions if that gets up your nose.

Reply   |   Comment by Colin  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Does this program also record the audio component of screen activity, or only the image? I couldn't see an answer on the ashampoo product page, unless it is obvious.

Reply   |   Comment by bentzi  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)


It depends... With this PC I can choose the soudcard's output [What U Hear] as the input for recording, or I can choose the built in audio's Stereo Mix [though I had to go into the Properties using the Sound Control Panel to enable it] -- which one I'd choose depends on which device, sound card or built in audio, I set as default for playback. With those settings Snap can record audio.

But that's not the case for every PC/laptop -- many do not give you the option to use anything but the microphone for recording. In those cases you might find a fix or work-a-round by Googling, or you can use a virtual audio driver -- those drivers are also included in some capture apps. When I installed Snap it didn't install a virtual driver, or offer to install one.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I'll try this new version of Ashampoo Snap, once more. Up to now, I've never been able to find one that worked intuitively as advertised. I kept downloading more and more offers for free Ashampoo Snap's versions, here and there, but I never got to use it regularly.

Right now, my favorite screen grabber is Pic Pick (free version). It does much less than Ashampoo Snap on paper, but it does it very well. In theory, Ashampoo is much more powerful, but I've never found how to use the extra features that do interest me : save a screenshot of a whole web page, including the invisible parts, or make a screenshot of a drop-down menu. Never mind video grabbing.

Also, the interface purports to be easy, but in reality it's overwhelming.

Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)

I confirm : stupid interface.

1. Starting from the System Tray, I need to look in the middle of a huge list of features to find the command I want, Capture Region. It should be very near the top. It certainly should not come after Capture Scrolling, which is an advanced feature.

2. Then I can't activate this right away, because there's a cascading menu offering me other options, that I will never use. Apart from the most obvious : Capture Free Rectangle Region (what complicated language !). That's 4 clicks, just to activate that very basic screen grab.

3. The other options, I don't even understand what they do. What's a Custom Region ? How is Custom different from Free ?

4. Now, OK, I drag the friggin' "region" I need to snap. The "region" is isolated in a dark background. And then ? What do I do ? No hints. No indications. Nothing. I right-click on the "region". The "region" disappears. I have to start all over again. This time, I correctly guess I have to click on the "region". Can't you write on the blasted screen : click to copy, or something like that ? Most other screen grabbers do that.

5. OK. Now, the screenshot opens in the editor. And then ? What am I supposed to do ? There are a hundred icons all around, none of them intuitive.

6. I want to draw a border around my screen grab, because, you know, it's white. So if I paste it on a white background = no good. Absolutely basic requirement. I click on the Apply Border icon. It doesn't apply a border. It opens a menu, with bizarre options I can't understand. OK, suppose I keep the defaults. How do I get out of this ? How do I "apply border" ? There's one button, and it says "Close". I don't want to close, I want to apply border. So I close, because that's the only way out.

7. There's no way to know whether the border has, indeed, been applied. Now I want to do something very complex, you see, and paste this screen grab in a document of mine. So I right-click on the image, and fortunately, there's a Copy to clipboard option there. (But if I point on other parts of the screen grab, there is another context menu, without Copy, but with totally obscure commands.)

8. Then what am I supposed to do ? This friggin' editor window is occupying the whole screen. I can't minimise it or toss it to the side. There's no standard Windows buttons on the top right of the windows, because I suppose you're smarter than everybody. So I try to close it by clicking on the huge red x.

9. Now you're asking me whether I want to save all changes or discard all changes in opened files. I don't know. What opened files? I didn't open any files. Why are you interfering with my work ? For the time being, I just want to paste the bloody screenshot in a bloody document to make sure I got it right, and make sure you put the bloody border around it.

10. So I click either of the two buttons, Yes or No, and I don't see any difference in what happens next.

11. Then finally, I can paste the screenshot in my document, and... no, there's no "applied border" there.

I order to reproduce these steps and write about them, I have had to redo them from the start for each single step, because the editor window doesn't stay up there, like a standard Windows window. You can't leave it in the background, and come back to it later. It just goes away.

Absolutely terrible interface and workflow. Window 7 Snipping Tool is way better than this, for Chrissake. It does all of the above in a completely intuitive way.

Why can't you build upon your ancestors, and do something better, instead of destroying everything they did, and build up an unusable monster because "features" and "power" ? What power ? There's no power in it if it's unusable.

Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+39)

I completely disagree.
Have been using this one for a long time and I find the interface to be very natural. I can't stand the windows snipping tool in which you have to capture the exact region precisely with no option to correct.
I may have spent 5 minutes to figure it out the first time I used it, but immediately liked it and I use it every day without giving it a second thought.

Reply   |   Comment by The K  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

The K,

The Windows 7 Snipping Tool does almost nothing. But what it does, it does beautifully. That's what great software should aim to : do things right. Most of the time, the Snipping Tool is enough.

Now if you want to do more (it's difficult to do as little), there's no lack of well thought-out software (and mostly free).

Want to be able to crop your screenshot after the fact ? Pic Pick, Greenshot and scores of others can do that, with considerably swifter, faster, smarter and more intuitive workflows.

Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Dear [ GOTD ] fellows.

I did NOT write that litany of stumbles through Ashampoo's quirky German "you have 10 fingers and some toes available, why not engage them all full time to operate our complex software" interface --


-- we have [ Clairvaux ] to thank for that excellent review.

Ashampoo software does what it promises ... now if I can only engage 3 hands and 2 brains!

; - )


Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Peter Blaise,

Let me be very clear : I actually believe that the quality of German software is one of the best-kept secrets of computerdom. And I can name a few I heartily recommend : Phrase Express (text automation and macros), Free Office and its paid-for sibling, Soft Maker Office (great alternative to Microsoft Office), and even Cinta Notes (Russian note-management program, but 50 % of the development team is German -- that's one out of two people).

Ashampoo, as far as I can see, is an exception.

Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Capture vs Capture
screen vs video
I consider screen capture the last possible choice and video capture the best choice that being said it is hard to find top tire video capture because the video's are protected and always changing to make video capture nonfunctional.
Screen capture very hard to defend against and there are many free offerings. The biggest problem is buffering and the inability to do anything with your computer while doing screen capture lastly quality and video size I have never seen a screen capture equal to the actual video size (this might not be true for more resent programs)and seen them much larger than they should be
I found the description unclear if this is a video capture and not a screen capture I would give it a try

Reply   |   Comment by MOV  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)


Video capture was a thing in the analog days, when hardware would save & encode the incoming video stream. Nowadays with digital video, you might be able to save the incoming stream as a file, depending on DRM & DRM settings, or if the source is streaming video, you might be able to download and save the file, again depending on DRM.

Screen capture, which is what Snap does, saves whatever's displayed on screen, and since it's the last stage in the process of playing video, it's the lowest -- but often still quite good -- quality. It takes hardware resources to encode the video & write the resulting file to disk, which is difficult enough as-is, but you're already using your hardware resources to play the file. To say mileage varies is an understatement. Using a 2nd, conventional hard drive as the target to write the new video file, and with an i7 4790, I have successfully used Snap, set to use the x264 VFW codec, to record 1080p video playing in a web browser. You are correct about not being able to use the PC for anything else while I was recording.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

[ MOV ],

Try it, it'd free.

It captures anything on or through the screen, including movement, video, and sound.

You tell us how it works for you.


Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Peter Blaise, request denied I have tried 23 Screen capture's in the past and found little to no difference in them I only desire video capture

Reply   |   Comment by MOV  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I've just downloaded and installed Ashampoo Snap 9. It's quickly and easily installed and it's as advertised. It can capture screen shots in a variety of ways. A very useful program.

Reply   |   Comment by Walter Snodgrass  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

ScreenPresso Free can do just the same, and more, and it is ......... Free ;-)

Reply   |   Comment by Torben Larsen  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

It has a unique "optimized touch" feature , just make sure it's selected during your installation .

In the Read me file it says there is no free upgrades so make sure to deselect the program Updates from Configuration > Service Settings

When you first launch the program you will see it as a Thin blue line up your screen , just hover your mouse on this thin line and the program buttons will appear .

Reply   |   Comment by Ali  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

$39.99? Yeah, right. ShareX is free, newer, and arguably does more. (There are others, too, like LightShot.) Plus it has 80+ destinations, meaning...you can take a shot and have it immediately save itself to a Google Drive or Dropbox folder in the cloud. Why on Earth can't GOTD find quality new software anymore?

The funniest thing about all of this? This is version 9 and it says $39.99, but the new version 10 is $20.00 for a limited time. No wonder this one is free. Poor marketing on ashampoo's part.

I have almost totally given up on GOTD being relevant ever again.

Reply   |   Comment by Teller Ugis  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+39)

Teller Ugis, Well Don't visit this site then...

Reply   |   Comment by Z-man  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-22)

Teller Ugis, Thanks for the tip. Hadn't heard of this before

Reply   |   Comment by UFOned  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Teller Ugis, I have Ashampoo Snap 2018 and am extremely happy with it and it's features.
How about trying software first before slamming it!
Yes, I am expecting down votes for slamming Mr. Popular here so have at me.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert G.  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

Teller Ugis, I have been using Snap for a few years now and super happy with it. Maybe it's just a matter of personal preference. I think there is no need to be so negative.
It's not uncommon to offer there the previous version and to state an unreasonable price, I agree on that point, but I doubt that anyone installs because of the price - people just want to try out the product.

Reply   |   Comment by The K  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Teller Ugis, Does ShareX perform video recording as Snap purports to? If not, it most certainly doesn't do more. I think, however, you may be right about simple Screenshots.

Reply   |   Comment by tb  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

tb, if you want to video record, there are a wealth of programs that do it better than Snap. People think I was being negative above, but in reality, GOTD used to giveaway cutting edge software. Now it seems to be a clearinghouse for people who have new software they promote by giving away their old version. Meanwhile, most of the programs are poor versions of software available for free elsewhere. For those who assume I don't try software. Think again. I just don't care for bottom of the barrel stuff, free or not, when there are free but cutting edge alternatives.

Reply   |   Comment by Teller Ugis  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

WOW it`s free, so good it`s worth paying for!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Lennard Gill  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-24)
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