Jing: Screen Captures Directly to Flickr or FTP

Occasionally, I have the good fortune of finding tools that truly simplify my life. I waste away the other twenty-some-odd hours of the day playing with the non-productive tools. It is a sick cycle, but there is a balance in there somewhere.

When writing a blog post and taking a few screen captures the captures, file save, upload process can be cumbersome and time consuming. Enter Jing, which is available for Windows or Mac.

1. Enter a keyboard shortcut to start the screen clipping service. For the mac, I am using Command+Shift+1. The crosshairs appear, and you can select portions of the screen, whole windows, or the whole desktop – basic screen capture stuff.

Jing Cross-hairs

2. After selecting the image, you can add some basic markup (lines or text) to the image through the tools panel.

Jing Editor

3. This is where the magic happens. After naming the file, you can upload to Flickr, or to your FTP location for insertion into your post. HOLY COW–You have just saved so much time!

Jing Upload

Yes there may be other screen capture to FTP programs out there, like GrabUp, but Jing also includes the ability to create screencasts and post to YouTube, Screencast.com or import into Camtasia for editing.

You can download a free version of the software here (mac or PC). Or you can “go pro” for $14.95/year, which enables more options for image and video formats.

Jeremy Floyd

Jeremy Floyd is the President at FUNYL Commerce. Formerly, he was the CEO and President of Lirio, Bluegill Creative, a marketing and communications firm in Knoxville, Tennessee. In addition to managing the digital strategies, Floyd was an adjunct professor for the University of Tennessee Chattanooga MBA program teaching digital strategies and social media. Floyd blogs at jeremyfloyd.com and tweets under the name @jfloyd. Jeremy is licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee and holds a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from MTSU in English and Philosophy.

  • First I’ve head of that one. Sounds useful!

  • I like Jing and used it a lot last year when I was working between the mac and pc more. It sometimes has problems behind a firewall and was trying to update constantly, but that may be worked out by now. I also like the game jinga.