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By Matthias Gansrigler

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Use ScreenFloat to create floating screenshots that are always visible, no matter which application you're in.
This way, you don't have to move or resize windows around to keep information visible on your screen.

• Floating Screenshots
Screenshots you create with ScreenFloat
(by default with the keyboard hotkey cmd-shift-2)
immediately open up and are always displayed
in front of other windows, following you around,
no matter which application, space or fullscreen app you are in.
Shots can be changed in size, or in opacity by scrolling up or down within them.

• Shots Browser
ScreenFloat keeps your shots around
for later reference when you close them.
Shots are collected in the Shots Browser
where you can name, tag, organize and categorize them.

• Quick and easy export of shots
You can send shots created with ScreenFloat
to any application that handles image files.
A double click onto a floating shot will open it in
a default application you can specify for even quicker export.

For a demo version and further information, please visit ScreenFloat's website.

If you have any feedback or questions, please do not hesitate to write me by mail at, or on twitter at @ScreenFloatApp or @eternalstorms.
Thank you.

What's New in Version 1.5.11

This update comes with the following small improvements...:
- Shots can now be hidden individually
- Filenames are now appended with the Shot's creation date when dragged out so they don't replace shots with the same name (thank you, Günter)

...and squashes the following ghastly bugs:
- Fixed a bug where disabled system shortcuts were unavailable
- Fixed a bug with localizations - German now works again
- Removed some legacy code
- Fixed a crash when retrying to upload to ImageShack
- Fixed a bug where, when a shot was hidden and quickly shown again, it would vanish (also happened when dragging)
- 1.5.11: Fixes a bug in the german localization that would cause the Shots Browser to not be shown
- Known issue: sometimes, when closing a shot, it doesn't show up in the Shots Browser until a restart of ScreenFloat. I'm still looking into it.

Thank you for using ScreenFloat!
If you have a minute, please consider leaving a review on the Mac App Store - you would make my day.
Thank you :)
- Matt


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Customer Reviews

Now this is what I'm talking about

I use multiple Desktops all the time but it kills to have to look at information in one Desktop while you work in another one. I came to the App store hoping that someone had created a floating notes app so I could notate stuff in one Desktop and then enter it in another. This app is better than that. Just grab the info you need and go back to the other Desktop and refer to it as much as you want, then close it.

I haven't had much opportunity to use the “Shots Browser”—your previous screen grabs displayed in a Finder-like interface—but I can easily imagine how that could be useful too.

I have't had any problems with it yet. Definitely a 5 star app and worth every penny.

The one (minor) improvement I would suggest has to do with the MenuBar menu. I don't like most shortcuts, so I tend to use the menus. As it is now, the top menu is New Shot, and if you want to take a new standard shot, you first hover on that, slide to the right carefully, and then click on a sub-item also called New Shot. I'd suggest instead an item at the top level called New Shot: click on that to take your standard shot. Below it, another item called “Select Shot”, which would have the contents of the current New Shot menu. (I haven't thought a lot about these labels.) But this is extremely minor, the app is great as it is.

Totally Indispensable tool for OS X

I have been using this for a couple of years now and is one of these apps that I install first when I have to use a Mac (with other such as Alfred, 1Password, etc.). I use this everyday, all the has become such an indispensable tool for my workflow. You capture without effort snapshots, put them aside, use them for comparisons, to remember a part of another window without having to switch. I probably take 20-30 shots every day. I have used other similar apps, but this is the best, hands down!

Great application, totally worth the price!

This app is extremely useful when you need to go back and forth between tabs on the same app, and you need information from other tabs to compare and/or copy values from. It has replaced my usage of the normal Cmd+Shift+4 OS X screenshot command. Having a history of all the previous screen floats is also great, and easy to go back to for future reference. All around great app, and an excellent value.

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  • $6.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.5.11
  • Size: 4.0 MB
  • Languages: English, German
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Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

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