OS X screencap + dropbox = win
Thursday, July 01, 2010

With the introduction of applications such as Skitch and Pastebot into my everyday workflow, I’ve found myself yearning for multi-step historical clipboards.

One alternative to Skitch that I’ve construed was using the native screen capture functionality of OS X, and teaming it up with the unstoppable online storage service, Dropbox, storing all screen captures in a location that allows for persistent storage as well as very simple sharing.

First, if you haven’t, sign up for a Dropbox account. It’s free for 1GB of online storage:

Install Dropbox. It will create a folder in your /Users/USERNAME directory

Second, modify the location of your OS X screen captures to your Dropbox. You can do this by invoking the following command in terminal:
defaults write com.apple.screencapture location /Users/USERNAME/Dropbox/Photos/

And you’re ready to go! No more Skitch-running-in-the-background necessary to easily share screen captures online.

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