I am a big fan of GIF screenshots, such as this one:
The primary reason is that an animation can show soooo much more compared to a static picture. GIF is also much faster to display due to their small size, and they can be embedded in e-mails, webpages, etc. (although I fail to grasp WHY Outlook fail to show GIF animations…)
I have been on the lookout for a open-source GIF screenshot maker. Today I found ScreenToGif, a .NET application which can does exactly what I want: capture a Window and record the contents of the Window to a .gif file. This is a test capture I made using the tool:
One feature I like very much is the ability to snap to a Window. This auto-sizes the capture area to match the Window in question without having to manually adjust. The default settings of ScreenToGif also matches my exact need, that of 15fps which I find fluid enough without feeling like a slideshow.
ScreenToGif can also save the capture as normal video, either as uncompressed .avi or using FFmpeg thereby supporting a huge amount of Codecs.
Anyway, if you need a GIF screenshot capture tool, give ScreenToGif a try!