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Wicked-fast Screen Shot Sharing With grabUp

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You’d think by now we’d have see everything when it comes to screen image capture software for OS X. While Apple provides basic functionality out-of-the-box there are a plethora of add-ons that vie for your ?-Shift attention. One of the more recent contenders is grabUp, a simple enhancement to ?+Shift+4 that takes the selected screen area, uploads it to grabUp servers and gives back a URL for the image. That’s it. No accounts, sign-up, registration, etc.

You enable grabUp via System Preferences and can choose whether it is available at login and also whether you wish to give up any remaining, precious menu bar space (their menu bar item provides access to your screen shot history):

(That shot is also available via their site:

Uploading is fairly speedy and providing the ability to turn off ?+Shift+4 hijacking makes it a complementary screen grab tool as opposed to a competitor. I should also note that it does keep a local copy of the image capture, just like an un-enhanced ?+Shift+4 would generate.

I’d really like to see Growl support added so you know when the upload is finished and the URL is available, but there is built-in visual feedback for this if you do enable the menu bar icon (it turns green while the image is uploading). There is also no mention of how long your images will be available, but they are hosting over 15,000 captures as of this post.

If you download grabUp and give it a try, drop a note in the comments. (And, before there is a deluge, readers should be aware that Skitch provides a similar bit of functionality, but you do need to register to make use of it).

4 Responses to “Wicked-fast Screen Shot Sharing With grabUp”

  1. There’s a free tool I wrote for Windows, it’s on SourceForge (vvcap), also available at, does exactly same thing. Welcome to try it out. Source code for both server and client available for download. Features DES encryption of the images, which means that it’s a lot harder to hack and steal your pics

  2. Been using this for about a month now, absolutely brilliant application for quick screenshots. (With no private data, natch.) Oldest one on my list is April 16th which still exists, best check back in 6 months. :P

  3. I downloaded this after reading the article and I think it’s a great idea. I’m just a little worried about the security of something uploading from my computer without me knowing where it’s really going.