If you are a blogger who write tech-related tutorials on a regular basis like us, chances are you have Lightshot installed on your computer. It is a handy tool that allows you to take screenshots of your desktop screen, which is available for Windows and macOS. If you are a Linux user, you can use Flameshot as an alternative to Lightshot if the distro you use doesn’t come with a built-in screenshot tool.
While Lightshot is great to take screenshots, it has a major drawback. It doesn’t allow you to share the screenshots with your team instantly. In the collaboration era (and the work from home trend these days), it’s crucial to have a tool that allows you to instantly share your works with your teammates. Screenshots are no exception. We have collected the best cloud-based tools that allows you to take screenshots and instantly share them with your teammates.
5 Cloud-Based Collaborative Screenshot Tools
Our first recommendation of collaborative screenshot tool is Jumpshare, which is available for Windows and macOS. Jumpshare fulfills the main requirement of a collaboration tool, namely the ability to create a shared space whereby you and your teammates can share your works (screenshots in this case). So, you don’t need to manually share the links of your screenshots if you need to share them. This can save a lot of time and simplify your workflow in general. You can access your screenshots whether via web browser (meaning that you can access them from anywhere) or via a desktop app.
To allow you to take screenshots, Jumpshare offers a handy desktop app. As we have just mentioned above, you can also use the desktop app to access your screenshots. When accessing screenshots via the desktop app, there is a toggle to switch to your personal screenshots and shared screenshots. This feature is pretty useful.
Jumpshare allows you to take selective screenshot. Before saving the screenshot, you can annotate it first. You can you use Jumpshare for free with an option to upgrade to the pro version to unlock more features.
The features and functionalities offered by Droplr are quite similar to Jumpshare. However, it is not the best option if you are looking for a free tool. Droplr was previously available as a freemium tool, but the policy has changed and the free version is longer available. The only way to use Droplr without spending money is during the three-day offered trial.
Droplr allows you to take selective screenshots or the entire screen. You can also annotate it first before you save it. The native desktop app of Droplr is available for Windows and macOS.
CloudApp is another great free cloud-based screenshot tool for Windows and macOS as it is available as a freemium tool. Unfortunately, you have to use the pro version if you plan to use it as a collaborative screenshot tool as the ability to create a shared space is only available on the pro version. The free version can only be used as a personal screenshot tool just like Lightshot. The difference is that you can access your screenshots from anywhere.
Overall, the features offered by CloudApp are not much different from Jumpshare and Droplr. You can also annotate a screenshot before you save it to the cloud. In addition, you can also use CloudApp to record your desktop and effortlessly convert it into GIF format.
4. Evernote Web Clipper
Evernote has transformed from a mere note-taking app into a comprehensive productivity app. If you have an Evernote account, you can upgrade to the pro version to unlock more advanced features, including the ability to create a shared space dedicated to your team. The team feature is available on the Business plan of Evernote. You can share your works with your team, including notes and screenshots with this plan. Speaking of screenshots, you can use Web Clipper, an official web browser extension from Evernote.
Being a web browser extension, you can only use Web Clipper to take screenshots of web pages. In other words, Web Clipper is not the option if you need a tool to take screenshots of desktop screen. Web Clipper is available for major web browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. The advantage of using Web Clipper is that it has no limitation in terms of operating system.
5. Nimbus Capture
Nimbus Capture is another collaborative screenshot tool we recommend. It is available as a freemium tool and you don’t need to upgrade to the pro version to use it with your teammates. The free version allows you to create a workplace and invite your teammates to join. You and your teammates can then share the screenshots via the workplace. Nimbus Capture offers a native desktop app for Windows (macOS version is under development). Unfortunately, it offers no feature to access your screenshots. You can only access your screenshots via web.
Before saving your screenshots — be it to the web or local storage — you can also add annotations. If you need to record a window screen, Nimbus Capture also has the capability to do so. You can even convert the recorded screen into a GIF format. If you have a pro plan on a cloud storage service like Dropbox or Google Drive, Nimbus Capture also allows you to store your screenshots to it.
The Bottom Line
Screenshot tool is a must-have tool if you are a tech blogger who write tutorials. Web designers also occasionally share their works or findings with their remote team using a screenshot tool. We are living an age where everything is about collaboration and internet has made it easier for us to collaborate with anywhere without physical boundaries. Today, you can instantly share your works with anyone — no matter where they physically are.
If you have a remote team and need to share screenshots on a regular basis, using a cloud-based screenshot tool can help streamline your workflow. You no longer need to manually share the links of your screenshots. Just invite your team to your workplace and you can exchange the screenshots — and other materials — right there.