How to Install Awesome Screenshot browser extension

Awesome Screenshot is a free browser extension available for popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Safari which helps you to capture images and add Annotations like blurring sensitive info, adding titles, creating custom shapes for your blog.

You can create an arrow, write text, create a circle, etc and save a screenshot for personal records or share with friends through Facebook, Gmail, Twitter in Free Plan. The paid plan allows you to use advanced annotations like steps, callout and connect to services like Slack, Asana, Trello, GitHub, Jira and record video longer than 30 seconds.

Features,

  • Capture or clip selected area, or all visible portion, or the entire page, Supports PNG format
  • Supports horizontal scrolling when capturing
  • Desktop screen capture
  • Annotate any image with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines, and text
  • Crop, scroll & show crop area dimensions
  • Blur certain sections to hide sensitive information
  • Copy the screenshot and paste it into Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Supports Windows and Linux
  • Save to local
  • One-click to upload to awesomescreenshot.com and get a shareable link
  • Support Google Drive (Gdrive)
  • Save very large images, bypass the 2M limit. No more crashes
  • Interact with point-specific comments between friends and colleagues

Install Awesome Screenshot

There is no need to download an awesome screenshot as the respective browser takes care of the download and installation of the extension.

For Chrome Browser, 

Open Google Chrome Store. Click this Extension link in the Chrome browser. Click Add to Chrome at the upper right-hand top. Chrome downloads and install the Awesome Screenshot extension in the background.

Video with detailed installation instructions.

 

For Firefox Browser,

Open Firefox. Click this Add-on to open the Firefox add-on page. Click Add to Firefox. Firefox downloads and installs the Awesome Screenshot add-ons in the background.

Video with detailed installation instructions.

This creates a small button (App Launcher) on the upper right-hand side browser as shown below. Just click that icon to launch Awesome Screenshot. When you click on the apps launcher you can see the popup window as shown below. This is a toolbar with all available options.

awesome screenshot toolbar

Options open the settings page for Awesome Screenshot where you can change capture preferences, saving preferences.

Summary

The awesome screenshot is a free browser extension to capture the image and add basic annotation and editing, but the advanced annotations like callouts, steps are paid one which costs around 2 to 20$.

Someone who simply wants to use it for annotation may find it costly, but within 2 $ you are getting a complete suite which is very useful for a blogger like us.