Free Shooter

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Free Shooter

#1 Post by smaragdus » Mon Oct 24, 2016 5:31 pm

Synopsis
Free Shooter is tiny (485 KB uncompressed) and simple yet capable and customizable screen-capture tool.

Features
  • 3 capturing modes - "Fullscreen", "Active window" and "Selected region".
  • 5 output formats- BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIFF.
  • 2 save modes- to file and to clipboard.
  • 3 naming modes.
  • Customizable hot-keys.
  • Capture with delay.
  • Capture mouse cursor.
  • Sound notification.
  • Minimized start.
  • Tray control.
  • Automatic resizing.
  • Automatic rotation.
  • FTP upload.
Language
Free Shooter comes in two languages- English and Russian but it starts in Russian without asking. Deleting Russian language file (Русский.lng) inside Lang sub-folder does not disable Russian. See below how to switch to English:

Click Настройки:

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Choose English:

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Restart.

Links
http://www.henrypp.org/product/freeshooter - home page
https://github.com/henrypp/freeshooter - project page
https://github.com/henrypp/freeshooter/releases - download page
https://github.com/henrypp/freeshooter/ ... ANGELOG.md - history - in Russian
https://github.com/henrypp - publisher
http://www.henrypp.org/ - publisher

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Program Window:

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Settings - Main:

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Settings - Screenshots:

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Settinsg - Effects:

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Settinngs - Hotkeys:

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Settings - Action:

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Settings - FTP:

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Tray Control:

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Portability
Free Shooter is portable by design:
  • Download the portable 7-Zip archive (freeshooter_1.9.6_bin.7z).
  • Extract the archive to a folder of your choice.
  • Run freeshooter.exe.
  • Settings are saved in an INI file (freeshooter.ini) inside program folder.
License
Free Shooter is licensed under GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 2.

Note
Free Shooter is created by the developer of Mem Reduct, which is in the database and has been discussed in the forum.
There is a untranslated into English text string- see "Settings - Action" screen-shot.
Free Shooter is most likely abandoned- the latest release (1.9.6) is from 2010.04.08, yet it runs fine on Windows 8 x64.
Forum member TP109 might be interested to test Free Shooter and include the result in his Screencapture usage tests.

File Details
Name: freeshooter_1.9.6_bin.7z
File Size: 424604 Byte(s) (414.65 KB)
Modified Date: 2016-02-19 11:45
MD5: 684d1d61b67feb4ce1e63f7e96ad4bc9
SHA1: 4851988ddaf4d90b2081167aa1da67fd945f830f
SHA256: bb83e16a9d2ebae746ea5daf2c9ef5ca70370a422f13140eb0ae7d38119daa7f
CRC32: ca34d425
VirusTotal analysis - Detection ratio: 12 / 54
I am sure that Free Shooter is harmless and that these 12 malware detections are false positives- otherwise I would not have posted about it. Anyway, use it at your own risk.

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Re: Free Shooter

#2 Post by webfork » Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:31 pm

Apart from some of the translation elements, this looks really good. Nice to see a capable screencap program that doesn't require dotNET

How much RAM is it using on your machine?
I am sure that Free Shooter is harmless
It seems most programs get classified dangerous early on. Hopefully that will probably get resolved with time, especially as it's open and hosted on Github.
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Re: Free Shooter

#3 Post by smaragdus » Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:22 pm

@webfork
How much RAM is it using on your machine?
Free Shooter uses about 5 MB RAM on my machine.
About the untranslated strings- I contacted the developer but I didn't get any response. I suppose I might be able to fix most of these untranslated strings.

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Re: Free Shooter

#4 Post by webfork » Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:12 am

Got back to this program finally but I wasn't able to start the program in Win7x86. Case opened.
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Re: Free Shooter

#5 Post by zorro » Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:12 am

BTW: Freeshooter is not abandoned, it reached v 2.0.1 (last update from 28.01.2018) and there is now a x64-version.

http://www.henrypp.org/product/freeshooter

I tested it on a Win 8.1 x64 machine and it works just as expected.
Appication is stealth (when creating the "freeshooter.ini" inside the folder, like the author recommends).

Nice little tool and really helpful if one wants to avoid NET. FastStone ScreenCapture unfortunately has a lot of problems since I moved to Win 8.1 and the only other alternative for me was ImageUploader - until now.

Should definitely be added to the database!

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Re: Free Shooter

#6 Post by webfork » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:47 am

Freeshooter is not abandoned
Glad to hear it, will try to check that out again in the weeks ahead.
FastStone ScreenCapture unfortunately has a lot of problems since I moved to Win 8.1
As much work as I've put into promoting various screen capture tools that function as alternatives to FS SC, that's still one of our most popular entries despite being almost ten years old. It's a great example of how sometimes the first program you use for something becomes the standard.
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Re: Free Shooter

#7 Post by zorro » Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:42 am

Yes, FastStone Capture was/is outstanding - way back the killer-feature was the ability to capture whole webpages including scrolling.
Unfortunately this feature was the first to become unusable. I don't remember exactly, but with InternetExplorer, K-Meleon and earlier Firefox-versions it worked somehow, but it's years ago, that I managed to capture a whole page with it.
I nevertheless kept it because of the wonderful paint- and annotation-tools and the integrated color-picker, but after changing to Win 8.1 x64 the tools occasionally didn't show, froze or saving was not possible - so I had to let it go.

That said, Free Shooter is by no means a comparable replacement, but since there are a lot of capable browser-addons for web-screenshooting it can manage the desktop-part - with far less comfort than FastStone Capture of course...

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Re: Free Shooter

#8 Post by smaragdus » Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:14 pm

I added Free Shooter to the database.

I did it for several reasons:
  • The program is not abandoned;
  • It runs on any Windows version from XP to 10;
  • It comes in x32 & x64 versions (in a single archive);
  • It is tiny, light and easy;
  • In many cases sophisticated editors and upload tools are not needed, what matters is just a simple and handy way to capture window, region, full screen;
  • Free Shooter is an alternative to simple capture tools abandoned long ago which do not work well or do not work at all on modern versions of Windows- for example HoverSnap, Snapshoter, Screeny, etc. There are also absolutely terrible ones like 7capture. So at least one third of the 26 items in Graphics - Screen Capture category are very poor, barely usable and abandoned long ago.
For me Free Shooter a very simple but nice tool which has its uses.

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Re: Free Shooter

#9 Post by webfork » Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:57 pm

smaragdus wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:14 pm
I added Free Shooter to the database.

For me Free Shooter a very simple but nice tool which has its uses.
Awesome, thanks for doing that.
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Re: Free Shooter 2.0.2

#10 Post by smaragdus » Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:52 pm

Free Shooter at version 2.0.2, changes:

v.2.0.2
  • added date and time naming pattern (issue #12)
  • middle mouse click to cancel region selection
  • set jpeg quality to 100 by default
  • fixed directory names portability
  • fixed possible region selection duplicates
  • fixed windows xp support
  • updated project sdk
  • fixed ui bugs
  • fixed bugs

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Re: Free Shooter 2.0.3

#11 Post by smaragdus » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:09 am

Free Shooter at version 2.0.3, changes:

v.2.0.3
  • added include all overlapped windows in result image for window mode
  • added shadow for window screenshot (issue #13)
  • added global hotkeys indicators for tray menu
  • new region selection window
  • improved clear window background
  • changed shutter sound
  • fixed taking shots of uipi windows
  • fixed sound synchronization
  • fixed ui bugs
  • fixed bugs

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Re: Free Shooter 2.0.4

#12 Post by smaragdus » Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:03 pm

Free Shooter at version 2.0.4, changes:

v.2.0.4
  • added buffered paint to avoid flickering (vista+)
  • changed hotkeys error behaviour
  • changed hotkeys set (issue #17)
  • fixed possible clipboard memory leak
  • fixed find active window

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Re: Free Shooter 2.0.5

#13 Post by smaragdus » Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:23 pm

Free Shooter at version 2.0.5, changes:

v.2.0.5
  • added autocompletion for folder edit
  • fixed capturing context menus
  • fixed shadow size
  • filename cosmetics

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Re: Free Shooter 2.0.6

#14 Post by smaragdus » Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:06 am

Free Shooter at version 2.0.6, changes:

v.2.0.6
  • set default image format to .png
  • fixed copying to clipboard (issue #21)
  • fixed playing sounds
  • updated project sdk
  • updated locale
  • cosmetic fixes

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Re: Free Shooter

#15 Post by knowbeting » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:20 am

More optimized than fraps?

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