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Giveaway of the day — TNT Screen Capture

TNT Screen Capture creates screen shots that look better than the original screen.
$44.90 EXPIRED
User rating: 522 109 comments

TNT Screen Capture was available as a giveaway on August 17, 2007!

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Create dazzling graphics on the fly with TNT Screen Capture! While you capture it, TNT enhances your screen shot and applies a professional, photorealistic touch.

And despite its many features, it is so simple to use that you can't do wrong. 3 different screen capture modes cover everything from application interfaces to popup menus. What makes TNT stand out from the myriads of capture tools available, is the quality of the built-in image filters and add-ons. TNT Screen Capture is a very versatile tool, helpful in many situations. What you can do with this software is only limited by your own imagination.

System Requirements:

Windows 9x/ME/NT 4/2000/XP/2003 Server


EC Software



File Size:

5.62 MB



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Fabulous little program. I write lessons for online classes and what this program can do is wonderfully useful to me. I'm recommending it to all my friends.

Reply   |   Comment by Nightshadow  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Fantastic software! The torn effect is also great however it would be much better if there is a way to control sharpness of the torn part.. it looks like more of a torn metal than a torn paper.. :-(

Reply   |   Comment by Andy Immotna  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Use on VistaI was able to get it running on Vista by altering the compatability mode as others have noted. To be able to use the Help files I had to download and install WinHelp32 which is now available at http://tinyurl.com/2n2z7g

I did find though that TNT will not work across dual screens which would be a useful improvement.

Reply   |   Comment by IanH  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

i missed it.. omg!! itz so sad!

Reply   |   Comment by Mahiya  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

SnagIT better then this program, its more handy.

Reply   |   Comment by Aive  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

It did install as suggested on XP->Vista upgrade as XP/SP2 but will not run. The Ctrl+click came up and disappeared.

GAOTD offered "WinSnap" a while back and I love it and use it frequently. Very simple and small program. Edit with Irfranview--poof done.
Thanks for the suggestions with Vista~~~likely doing something wrong~~once again. groan

Reply   |   Comment by jojo  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This one has not compatibility for capturing shot of video that is going on desktop.

I love GOTD and Habitual to visit it.

Reply   |   Comment by Keller pits  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#16 -- turn off the start-up wizard > Options > Customize TNT > un-check Always display screen capture wizard

Reply   |   Comment by erinsabs  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

kcs3295 comment 53 hasn't got a clue

for instance the statement he made about printkey is totally wrong.

As per usual these boards have been over run by yes-man.

Reply   |   Comment by BD  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Re: Faststone Capture and PicPick scrolling capture: The latest version I tried of FSC did an imperfect job of capturing a complete Web page. I could not get the latest version of PicPick to scroll a Web page and so capture it. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by Steve COhen  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Older version of Snagit for free.

Download is fourth one down(SnagIT 7.2.5).

Registration page is here.

Reply   |   Comment by rabgary  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

It won't install on windows server 2003 although it's in the list of system requirements. :(

Reply   |   Comment by Tom  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@ #2 - I agree - I have a screen capture program at work (Hardcopy) and was excited to see one for my home system. However, I also run Vista, and when I tried to install the program, it stopped saying it was unsupported by Vista (Only supported up thru Win XP). Bummer.

Reply   |   Comment by Cassandra G.  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Not a bad app for GOD.

#42 No, you can't re-install after the day has passed. That is the whole point of Giveaway of the DAY. But there is a work-around. Use an image or backup tool after installing the app. Then when you need to re-install Windoze, you use the restore feature and Windoze and all your apps, including GOD offerings. Much faster than re-installing Windoze and everything else.

#14, #46- It is not GOD that requires Admin, it is Windoze. When you install apps they make changes to "restricted" areas of Windoze like the registry and C:\windows folder. That is what requires Admistrator rights. There are still a (very) few very simple applications that are totally standalone and do not have to be "Installed" into windows. But most current apps are large enough and complex enough that they have to go through the install process.

#53 - they don't have to build in PDF support. You can install a separate PDF Printer Driver that will allow you to create PDFs from this app and ALL others. It acts like a printer. You print the file (from any app) and select the PDF tool as the "Printer". I have been using CutePDF Writer (freeware) for years. You can get it here:

#67 - As you pointed out FastStone 5.3 is the last freeware version. You can download it at:

I've used various versions of FastStone for years. Off hand the only option I don't see (but it might be 'hiding') in FastStone that TNT has is the autocapture window or menu. On the other hand, I just found that FastStone 5.3 will capture the full scroll window (came as a surprise to me).

The way I use screen capture tools, I am not looking for a lot of the bells and whistles that others are (torn paper edges, fading(don't get the point of that at all). Being able to define an area to capture, and maybe edit the image to add arrows or comments is enought for me, and maybe manipulate the color a little). On that basis I find both about equal feature wise, with the price adavantage going to FastStone 5.3 (if you ever have to re-install).

Reply   |   Comment by Ron  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

After trying on the features, I found the software really good. The interface is quite easy, and the features that come with is is beyond average. What struck me most is the ability to manipulate or add special effects, one of which is the "sparkle" which I like the best. Thumbs up for this one.

Reply   |   Comment by ReyM  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

For those complaining about the lack of Vista support - don't be so hard on the developers. Vista has only been out for six months and please remember that the reason for the dearth of software falls squarely within the hands of Microsoft. They make changes to the OS which breaks the rules they have laid down but don't tell anyone about the changes. It is left to the developers to guess what is broken. Look at the amount of hardware that won't run under Vista. MS now requires (as a security feature) that all drivers be registered through MS or they won't be accepted by the OS but the process itself is time consuming and an expense which is out of the question for smaller companies. For those who are independently wealthy and can afford to simply buy brand new peripherals all the way around - more power to you - but, not everyone is so fortunate. Thank you GOTD for some real pearls.

Reply   |   Comment by J. Retief  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Or, if you're on Vista and it still refused to install even after trying compatability mode, you'll just have to wait for the installer to pop up the dialog asking whether the application installed or not. Clicking reinstall with recommended settings worked.

Reply   |   Comment by ModusOperandi  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Down loaded and installed without a hitch. Does just what they say it does, very easy to use. Todays price is perfect.
Before all you whiners start whining, read the other posts and you will probably find the answer to your problem.
Thank you GAOTD & EC.
Also thanks to all who posted links to other software like this.

Reply   |   Comment by halfdeaded  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I use screenshots daily to share artwork for taggers to preview from selected artists who have given taggers permission to use their artwork. I highlight one artist a day and send a screenshot of up to 30 thumbnails to my taggers group.

In the past, I have always used the screenshot provided using my keyboard and the Win XP software. Today, I made several new screenshots using the same material I have in the past but using this new TNT Screen Capture software. I will not be using this new software, even though I did find it easier to use ... with the old method, I need to edit the screenshot using my Photoshop by cropping edges and using jpg compression of 30% when saving so that they are a manageable size when emailed as an attachment ... with this TNT software, I do not need to do these extra steps. The old method provides a compressed image that is about half the size in bits of that of the TNT image. I haven't played with the settings enough yet to discover if there is a way to add jpg compression to the output yet. But the only reason I tried the TNT software was because the description of the product made it sound like the final result would be enhanced and better than the old method. I did NOT find this to be true, in fact, the capture by TNT of the thumbnail previews are much smaller (thus harder to see) than the keyboard method. I cannot find any way to get a full screen capture using TNT so I will be sticking with the old Keyboard method and running it through Photoshop for cropping and jpg compression.

Thanks GAOTD for another great offer! I'm sure that some will find it a great product and very useful.

Reply   |   Comment by shadoedove  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Tried it. SnagIt is still 100 times better.

Reply   |   Comment by LabRat63  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I correct my previous comment: Snagit already got the 3D PERSPECTIVE feature, I'm trying this program and I'm impressed,
so I share my search for the free old version of Snagit with this easiest link:

Reply   |   Comment by frank  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#65 Windows Vista drops built in support for .hlp file format because it is considered a potential security vulnerability because hlp files can directly call DLL's. I have the binaries for .hlp files instaled on my Vista home premium... can't recall if I installed them manually from an XP SP2 instalation or there is an optional download to add .hlp file support to vista from microsoft.

So far it seems to be fully working under Vista here.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I installed it with no problems, and the authentication process was automatic. I played with it for a few minutes, and so far I like what I've seen.

Some reviews have said that one cannot do a full screen capture, which is incorrect. Simply select "Free Region" and specify the entire screen.

Also, there were complaints about needing to input settings repeatedly, but that is also not the case -- go to "Options" and select to "Save Profile" and the settings will be saved for future use.

Reply   |   Comment by SuzyD  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

if ur looking for a easy software for recording, use recordMyDesktop

Reply   |   Comment by nerdy  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Vista has the built in "Snipping Tool" for basic image capture.

Reply   |   Comment by M_Hagen  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I see this as a great opportunity for generating screen displays in Help files. Or if a web site is describing what a visitor should see on a screen when using a particular feature. I'll give it a try!

Happy Dae.

Reply   |   Comment by Dae Powell  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

another free screen capture prog. is king kong capture get it here http://kingkongcapture.com/

Reply   |   Comment by joe buddy  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#57 and others - Thanks for the directions for installing on Vista. Embarrassed to admit I didn't know it was possible to do this. I appreciate the time you and others spent explaining to me and others who might not know. Good to remember there are so many kind and thoughtful folks out there.

Reply   |   Comment by bonetree  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I have testing TNT out and compared to to my usual FastStone Capture (FSC)package, which is also free.

The image quality using TNT Image Capture is superior to (FSC)

The activation time is quicker using FSC, and I like the tiny pane it opens which can be moved anywhere on screen! I wish The TNT package did the same. Access to the programme is rather labored and needed several clicks to get it ready to use. This is a minus. FSC is one click and open! It may make the difference in success and failure.

The image processing tools offered in TNT are much better than its rival, indeed, they are very impressive, and it is possible to enlarge any capture a little without noticeable degradation in the image quality. The end result is excellent in this TNT programme. and certainly better than the FSC package.

I like the edges that can be added to images using TNT. Not offered in FSC

It appears that it isn't possible to set up your settings as a default using TNT, and that is a pity. I had to do it each time I used it, and this seems to be an oversight by the developers. An "apply your settings" to set and retain them would be easy to do.

If I need a fast grab on screen, I will use FSC! If I need a really good and smooth quality grab with chances to swap Gamma, saturation, brilliance, sharpen and apply edge affects etc, then I will use TNT to do the job.

As always, one programme usually fails to do everything well, so it becomes a matter of choices.

My verdict: TNT is a very good package indeed. I will be keeping it and my thanks to TNT and GAOTD for offering me a package that I will use a LOT!!


Reply   |   Comment by Tom  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Now this is great software. Keep up the great work

Reply   |   Comment by Thom  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Oops! I knew I was forgetting something! In my previous post today (#51), I referred you to my blog review of three free screen capture utilities, including FastStone Capture. I forgot to update you that the latest version of FastStone Capture is no longer free. However, you can still find downloadable copies of the last free version, 5.3, on the Web. My apologies for my oversight.

Reply   |   Comment by Jonathan  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Whoops: FastStone Capture went shareware from 5.4.
Download 5.3 from oldapps.com. And it supports scrolling windows (horizontal and vertical).

Also i forgot about Alt+Printscreen (Windows function, no additional software required) to take a screenshot of the active window only.

Reply   |   Comment by FigBooot  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

"TNT Screen Capture" is a very good software,
the "3D perspective" feature is brilliant and is unique for this kind of programs. I will keep as a second choice the one I think is the most useful among the freewares: "PicPick"
Thanks to GAOTD and ECSoftware

Reply   |   Comment by frank  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Downloaded, installed and ran perfectly (XP)

A simple to use program which is able to capture just what you want without the whole screen. Far better than Prt Scr followed by a load of cropping to get the bit of screen you require.

Capturing info from Google Earth is a doddle.

This is a simple idea, well produced, well designed at at a price of zero is excellent value for money.

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I installed it and it said that this was a 40 day free trial. I removed it, emptied my trash and re-installed it. is there a code that I am missing???
this sounds cool & I wanna try it but I want it for more than 40 day free trial.
thanks in advance for help

Reply   |   Comment by robbie  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

ALERT!!! ALERT !!! YES THIS RUNS ON VISTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1. Extract files to desktop
2. Right click on Setup Icon
3. Select properties
3. Click Compatibility tab
4. Check box. "Run this program in compatibility mode" - "Windows xp service pack 2"
5. Press ok
6. Double click Setup Icon
7. Smile as you just learned something new

Reply   |   Comment by Orangecruzh  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

There isn't really anything presented here that I couldn't do with Photoshop, but it is presented in a neat little package that is very specific (where as in Photoshop you'll probably muck around a bit).

It is very pricey though. I would probably never, ever buy it at its price for its functionality, but as today's free givaway, it does seem to be a nice little extra to have.

Reply   |   Comment by Heavenguard  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks #65 for posting the instructions for Vista users.

Hopefully the rest will read it before posting more complaints about Vista compatibility.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#26 - So you feel there should be only one program for each task? One Word Processor, One spreadsheet, One photo editor, etc.? I, for one, like to have options. It is especially nice that GOTD gives us the full-blown program. Not a time-limited or function-limited trial.

Reply   |   Comment by Captain Ozone  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@33 FranckW:
Thanks for the link for FREE SnagIt -- the only thing I really feel like I need that built-in Windows doesn't provide is the ability to capture a scrolled window, and today's offering doesn't do that. SnagIt looks great, especially with TEXT capture mode, for those scrolling windows you can't grab (highlight) with the cursor.

Reply   |   Comment by FF User  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks! Installed easily and flawlessly. Does what I want it to do with almost no learning curve. Good stuff!

Reply   |   Comment by Hank  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

When I'm not able to use the Print Screen key, I use MWSnap 3. MWSnap can capture the entire screen (unlike today's software) and has worked really well for me. And you can't argue with free.


Reply   |   Comment by MattB  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I screwed up the href command, should have been link FastStone Capture. Mod, fix please?

Reply   |   Comment by FigBooot  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This software gets my vote, YES! It was easy to install, the help instructions are easy, the wizard even had a "cheer" after my first successful screen capture. Nice Software!

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Until now I've been using the standard printscreen+mspaint, and Faststone Capture (which is free for home users) because of the direct to disk save and the capture options (which are the same as TNT except for the effects and most of the post-editing).
But now I'm adding this useful app to the collection, primary because I can create tutorials with it.

BUT... there's one flaw with TNT Screen Capture. There is no easy way to capture a window with the menu's open, LIKE in the screenshot on the VERY PAGE of the software. Weird.

Reply   |   Comment by FigBooot  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Once again......."fatal error:Key is invalid".Anyone any idea?

Reply   |   Comment by JP  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Just reading the comments for today on Vista support and adding to those who have posted here:

While the installer does state that it does not support anything besides Windows 98, ME, 2000 or XP and won't let you progress further in the installer if you run the installer directly, the application does appear to work in Vista (Though I didn't test this very long either so be warned it may not work 100% either.) If you'd like to mess with this application in Vista, these are the steps to install in Vista:

1: Download the zip file
2: Open the zip file and take the setup.exe out of the zip and place somewhere (Desktop works fine temporarily)
3: Right click on setup.exe and click 'Properties' in the pop-up menu
4: Click on the 'Compatibility' tab
5: Click the checkbox to the left of 'Run this program in compatibility mode for:'
6: Ensure that in the dropdown box that 'Windows XP (Service Pack 2)' is selected
7: Click 'Ok'
8: Run the installer as usual as you would for any giveaway and finish installing
9: Run application!

One note is that you may get a second window up when you launch the application that says 'Why can't I get Help from this program?' - This is the wizard that pops up when you launch the application. To remove this from opening every time you open the application, go to the menu 'Options' in TNT and click 'Customize TNT...' - From here uncheck the box next to 'Always display the screen capture wizard' and hit 'Ok' and presto, it doesn't pop up any more. I am assuming that some reason the helpfile isn't compatible with Vista -- It'd be a shame that this is the only reason Vista isn't supported by this application.

Hope these steps work for you! Like I said, I don't guarantee it works well under Vista; This is just how to get it running under Vista. :)

Reply   |   Comment by BladedThoth  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

For free, this is an OK toy. Limited in features, there are already a number of people posting freeware alternatives that do everything TNT Screen Capture does, and more.

Of course, that begs what those who miss today's giveaway will do. Pay $44.90 (where in the world did they come up with THAT price?), for a piece of limited funtionality software that does not like multiple monitor setups?

No, some pros will waste money on Adobe Photoshop (actully, pseudo-pros - they like Photoshop cause it is expensive and automates things a real artist can do anyway).

I recommend to those who want to buy good software that does screen caputures to get Corel Paintshop Pro XI at $69.99 and get a screen capture that knows about multiple monitors and IS AN ACTUAL EDITING PACKAGE for only a few dollars more than TCT Screen Capture, and a fraction of the over-pricey Photoshop.

I would say more about TNT Screen Capture, but let me distill everything by saying that this is an OK toy, but there are better freeware packages (look above for some) and there are even better commercial grade editing packages for a tiny price difference.

The real price of TCT Screen Capture should be what they will be pricing it for at CompUSA come Thanksgiving/Christmas - something around $8 seems about right, since similar software is now selling at CompUSA for around that price.

Reply   |   Comment by Hempman  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hello all! Today's 15-Minute Review is up! Check it out!


Reply   |   Comment by BladedThoth  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This donsn't even run on Windows Vista. = not good for me.

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