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Let’s take a tour through ScreenFloat and see how it can power up your screenshots, too.

ScreenFloat powers up your screenshots by allowing you to take screenshots and recordings that float above everything else, keeping certain information always in sight. Its Shots Browser stores your shots and helps you organize, name, tag, rate, favorite and find them. Everything syncs across your Macs.
Extract, view and copy detected text, faces and barcodes. Edit, annotate, markup and redact your shots effortlessly and non-destructively. Pick colors any time. And more.

Posts in this Series

Part IHello ScreenFloat
Part IICapture – Take Screenshots and Record Your Screen
Part IIIFloat – Picture-in-Picture for your Screenshots and Recordings
Part IVEdit – OCR, Annotate, Crop, Fold, Resize, Rotate, Trim, Cut and Mute
Part VShare – Drag and Drop, Link Sharing, Export
Part VIStore – The Shots Browser, iCloud Sync, Tags Browser
Part VIIIntegrate – Widgets, Siri Shortcuts, AppleScript, Workflows, Spotlight

Part V: Share – Drag and Drop, Link Share, Export

Learn how to get screenshots and recordings out of ScreenFloat and into other apps – fast and easy.

Table of Contents


Drag and Drop

Drag and dropping shots to other apps is quite possibly the easiest and most straightforward way to get a file from A to B. Here’s how to do it:

Drag and Drop from a Floating Shot

We already talked about this in Part III: Float, but it bears repeating, because it’s absolutely crucial.

Drag a file from the floating shot’s document button, the content itself, or from the on-the-fly options popover.

When you drag a file from the floating shot’s document icon, it is exported as-is, as a PNG file.
If you need more fine-tuned control, click the document icon, and you’ll be presented with a couple of useful options:

Here, you can:

  • Change the file format (PNG, JPEG, TIFF, PDF, HEIC)
  • Reduce the resolution (from 144+ “retina” dpi to 72 dpi)
  • Resize the image (by longest/shortest side, or width/height)
  • Whether markup and annotations should be included in the dragged file, or just the original image should be shared
  • Whether notes and tags should be included as EXIF and Finder metadata
Drag and Drop from the Shots Browser

You can drag multiple shots from the Shots Browser to other apps. Select them, and drag them out:

Furthermore, you can drag entire folders out of the Shots Browser:


Export

If you require more advanced options for your files, consider using ScreenFloat’s Export functionality, allowing you to export multiple screenshots and recordings in one fell swoop.

Naming
The exported files can have filenames with:

  • Their titles
  • Their titles and creation date
  • Their creation date and title
  • A sequential number
  • Just their creation date

Include notes, tags as metadata
With this selected, ScreenFloat writes notes and tags you specified for a shot into the shot’s file metadata. In the case of an image format (PNG, JPEG, TIFF, HEIC), it uses the appropriate IPTC fields.
In the case of a PDF, it’s written into the PDF’s subject and keywords fields. If it’s a screen recording, it’s a custom metadata field.

Images

Include annotations
With this selected, the image is exported with its annotations, markups and redactions. If this is not selected, the plain image will be exported.

Format

  • PNG
  • JPEG
    • Offers Quality setting
  • TIFF
  • PDF
    • Offers PDF permission settings
  • HEIC
    • Offers Quality setting

Size
Restrict the exported image’s size by longest or shortest side, width or height.

Alpha
Whether the exported image file has an alpha channel.
Available for PNG, TIFF and HEIC.

Reduce resolution (72 dpi)
When screenshots are taken on a retina display, they usually have a high resolution, like 144 dpi.
With this selected, all high-dpi-images’ resolution will be reduced to 72 dpi, resulting in a smaller file size, but also reduced quality.

Recordings

Remove all audio
For screen recordings. Will remove all audio tracks from the resulting video file.

Size
Restrict the exported image’s size by longest or shortest side, width or height.


Link Sharing

If you want to share multiple shots, or a large screen recording, it might be easier for you and the recipient to share a download link instead of the actual files.
You’d like to display a screenshot on a website, or embed it in a Markdown document?
Link Sharing allows you to do that.

iCloud Link Sharing

Sharing multiple or large shots as a download link can be easily done with iCloud Link Sharing. Right-click the shot(s) and select Share > Copy iCloud Link…, and the files will be uploaded to iCloud and a link to it copied to your clipboard:

Links created with iCloud are be valid for up to 30 days, after which they will no longer be accessible.

In Settings > iCloud > Set up Link Copy…, you can change:

  • Link Style
    • Landing Page (default): When you open the link in your browser, you see a landing page with a prompt to download the files
    • Direct File Link: When you open the link in your browser, the file is downloaded right away. This is also embeddable, but keep in mind that a link created with iCloud is only valid for up to 30 days
  • Include validity info
    • Whether or not the copied link should include the expiration date, i.e.:
      https://linktofile.com (expires on <date>)
ImageKit.io and Cloudinary.com Link Sharing

Permanent, non-expiring links to screenshots and recordings can be created with ScreenFloat’s inclusion of ImageKit.io and Cloudinary.com, so you can embed them in websites, or Markdown documents, for example.

It works just the same as iCloud Link Sharing, but requires you to (1) create a (free) account with the service you’d like to use, and (2) enter your account’s information into ScreenFloat.

Each service’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy applies.

ScreenFloat does not offer any other integration with these services, other than uploading them and copying the link. However, you can access ImageKit.io’s Media Library and Cloudinary.com’s Media Explorer from these settings, allowing you to manage your uploaded files in your browser.


Printing

The settings for printing are pretty self-explanatory, so I’ll just leave you with two screenshots of ScreenFloat’s print dialog:


Up Next

The next part of this series – Part VI: Store – The Shots Browser, iCloud Sync, Tags Browser – takes a detailed look at the Shots Browser, where ScreenFloat keeps your shots and gives you great tools to organize, collect and find your shots.

Links

ScreenFloat Website (+ free trial)
ScreenFloat on the Mac App Store (one-time purchase, free for existing customers)
ScreenFloat Usage Tips

Eternal Storms Software Productivity Apps Bundle (Yoink, ScreenFloat and Transloader at ~25% off)
Contact & Connect


Thank you for your time. I do hope you enjoy ScreenFloat!

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ScreenFloat v2.1.7 is now available on the Mac App Store, improving re-capturing, double-click workflows, and more.

What is ScreenFloat?

With ScreenFloat, you take screenshots and recordings that float above all other windows, keeping anything you can capture always in sight for reference. Think of it like Picture-in-Picture, only for screenshots.
And that’s only the beginning.
It keeps your Desktop clutter-free by storing shots in the Shots Browser, where you can organize, collect, tag, rate and favorite them.
It scans your shots for text, faces and barcodes so you can effortlessly extract, copy, share and quicksmart-redact them. It syncs your shots via iCloud across your Macs.
Add annotations and markup, crop, “fold”, resize, de-retinize, trim, and mute your shots, and more.
A screenshot is just a screenshot. Until you use ScreenFloat.

Check out the Get to Know ScreenFloat 2 Blog Post series for a deep-dive into its functionality and what it can do for you.

Eternal Storms Software Blog

What’s New in ScreenFloat v2.1.7

  • When you press-and-hold ScreenFloat’s capture/record keyboard shortcut, you can re-capture the previously selected area of your screen. With version 2.1.7, ScreenFloat now remembers these per screen, not just the last one. Right-click into the re-capture view to access them.
  • When you use a double-click workflow that begins with a “Duplicate Shot” action, the subsequent actions are now applied to that newly duplicated shot, not the original.
  • Improved text rendering when creating a floating shot from selected, copied or dragged text.
    (ScreenFloat comes with a system service that lets you create floating shots from selected text. You can also use its menu bar icon > New Shot from Clipboard.)
  • The Shots Browser’s thumbnail performance has been improved
  • A bunch of bug fixes, like better clean-up of temporary files, rare crashes and minor grievances

User Voices

I don’t have any analytics in any of my apps, but from what I can tell from reviews and feedback I have received, the following are some of ScreenFloat 2’s most popular features, in no particular order:

  • Folding
    Allows you to remove a vertical or horizontal “middle section” from an image. The two remaining parts are stitched back together automatically.
    > You can fold shots in the Crop sheet.
  • Pin floating shots to Apps
    Tell a floating shot to only be visible when a certain app is frontmost.
    > You can do so by right-clicking the floating shot and selecting Visibility > In Current App (<AppName>)
  • Quicksmart-Redaction
    > Right-click a text line, a face, or a barcode, and you can redact it right away. No hassle.
  • Double-click Workflows
    Users really appear to enjoy running automated actions on a shot with a simple double-click.
    > Set up double-click workflows in Settings > Floating Shots > Double-clicking .

And because ScreenFloat has received a couple of very nice reviews on the Mac App Store, I thought I’d include some of them here.

“Totally indispensable! Fabulous tool for software developers that I cannot live without now.”

– AndyIceman ★★★★★

“Very versatile app. One of my most used apps.”

– fknoes ★★★★★

“Amazing app, couldn’t live without it.”

– danielc41 ★★★★★

“Excellent app, can’t live without it. Best screenCap utility on the market.”

-zr0s ★★★★★

Links and Availability

ScreenFloat is a one-time purchase, exclusively available on the Mac App Store for USD 15.99 / EUR 14,99 / GBP 15.99.
A free, 28-day trial is available for download from the website.
It requires macOS 12 Monterey (macOS 14 Sonoma recommended for full functionality)
A (free) iCloud account is required if you want to sync your ScreenFloat library across your Macs.
ScreenFloat is currently localized in English, German, Chinese (Simplified), and Dutch.


ScreenFloat Website + Free Trial
ScreenFloat on the Mac App Store
Eternal Storms Software Productivity Bundle on the Mac App Store (includes ScreenFloat, Yoink for Mac and Transloader at ~25% off)

Get to Know ScreenFloat 2 Blog Post Series
ScreenFloat 2 Usage Tips

Thank you for reading. I hope you like the updates so far.
Have a good one!

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I’m happy to tell you that ScreenFloat v2.1.6 is now available.
(And currently being featured on the front page of the Mac App Store in the “Master your Mac – Snap Screenshots Like A Pro” story!)

Here’s what’s new!

What is ScreenFloat?

With ScreenFloat, you take screenshots and recordings that float above all other windows, keeping anything you can capture always in sight for reference. Think of it like Picture-in-Picture, only for screenshots.
And that’s only the beginning.
It keeps your Desktop clutter-free by storing shots in the Shots Browser, where you can organize, collect, tag, rate and favorite them.
It scans your shots for text, faces and barcodes so you can effortlessly extract, copy, share and quicksmart-redact them. It syncs your shots via iCloud across your Macs.
Add annotations and markup, crop, “fold”, resize, de-retinize, trim, and mute your shots, and more.
A screenshot is just a screenshot. Until you use ScreenFloat.

Check out the Get to Know ScreenFloat 2 Blog Post series for a deep-dive into its functionality and what it can do for you.

Eternal Storms Software Blog

What’s New in ScreenFloat v2.1.6?

I’ll also include some changes from v2.1.2-v2.1.5 here, because I never got around to tell you about them.

New Features:

- A new double-click action to increase or decrease a floating shot's window size by percentage (see Settings > Floating Shots > Double-clicking)
- Double-click actions are now available for all your mouse buttons, not just the left one (although the right one is still off-limits, it'll trigger the contextual menu).
- A floating shot's file can now be dragged out not only by dragging the document icon in its toolbar, but also by long-clicking onto the actual image or video

Improvements:

- A much better mechanism to set up double-click actions for different mouse buttons with or without modifier keys
- Floating hidden shots are now much more coherently displayed in ScreenFloat's menu bar icon
- Capturing or importing large shots does not overflow the screen anymore
- Changing a floating shot's visibility can now be applied to all floating shots, or all on the mouse cursor's screen, from its contextual menu by holding down option (⌥) and fn+option, respectively
- When cancelling markup, you are now asked if you'd like to save the changes or discard them. Or cancel the cancel. It's all about options!
- Metadata is now not only written into the image file's EXIF fields, but also the Finder's Spotlight metadata
- The "ignores mouseclicks" info panel for floating shots can now be dismissed. In that case, all floating shots can be restored to accept mouse events from ScreenFloat's menu bar icon
- Improved handling of floating shots and recordings with a small width
- More repairs added to the ScreenFloat Database Repair Utility (hold down shift and option (⇧ + ⌥) during the app's launch)
- Mac App Store review requests can now be turned off

User Voices

I don’t have any analytics in any of my apps, but from what I can tell from reviews and feedback I have received, the following are some of ScreenFloat 2’s most popular features, in no particular order:

  • Folding
    Allows you to remove a vertical or horizontal “middle section” from an image. The two remaining parts are stitched back together automatically.
    > You can fold shots in the Crop sheet.
  • Pin floating shots to Apps
    Tell a floating shot to only be visible when a certain app is frontmost.
    > You can do so by right-clicking the floating shot and selecting Visibility > In Current App (<AppName>)
  • Quicksmart-Redaction
    > Right-click a text line, a face, or a barcode, and you can redact it right away. No hassle.
  • Double-click Workflows
    Users really appear to enjoy running automated actions on a shot with a simple double-click.
    > Set up double-click workflows in Settings > Floating Shots > Double-clicking .

And because ScreenFloat has received a couple of very nice reviews on the Mac App Store, I thought I’d include some of them here.

“Totally indispensable! Fabulous tool for software developers that I cannot live without now.”

– AndyIceman ★★★★★

“Very versatile app. One of my most used apps.”

– fknoes ★★★★★

“Amazing app, couldn’t live without it.”

– danielc41 ★★★★★

“Excellent app, can’t live without it. Best screenCap utility on the market.”

-zr0s ★★★★★

Links and Availability

ScreenFloat is a one-time purchase, exclusively available on the Mac App Store for USD 15.99 / EUR 14,99 / GBP 15.99.
A free, 28-day trial is available for download from the website.
It requires macOS 12 Monterey (macOS 14 Sonoma recommended for full functionality)
A (free) iCloud account is required if you want to sync your ScreenFloat library across your Macs.
ScreenFloat is currently localized in English, German, Chinese (Simplified), and Dutch.


ScreenFloat Website + Free Trial
ScreenFloat on the Mac App Store
Eternal Storms Software Productivity Bundle on the Mac App Store (includes ScreenFloat, Yoink for Mac and Transloader at ~25% off)

Get to Know ScreenFloat 2 Blog Post Series
ScreenFloat 2 Usage Tips

Thank you for reading. I hope you like the updates so far.
Have a good one!

Read more