With the release of the newest version of Icecream Screen Recorder we are glad to announce that this screen capture tool now has even more functions compared to earlier versions. Icecream Apps team has been working hard on developing, testing and improving this program (and not only this one – all the programs). This screen capture freeware is now capable of doing all sorts of things starting from simple screenshots of JPG or PNG formats and finishing with scheduled video recording tasks. Since Icecream Screen Recorder is capable of completing so many things that it is sometimes difficult to mention them all, we have made a list of the top 10 best features of Icecream Screen Recorder.
1. Scheduled tasks
This is one of Icecream Screen Recorder’s most recently added features and it works for scheduling screen capture sessions. Click on the “Tasks” button, then click on the plus button in the top right. Select the recording area frames, date and time for the beginning and end of the recording process, insert the name of the task if needed and save it. After that you will see a new task added to your list. Each item of this list has a title, and a date and time of start and stop and the status. You can delete any task; you can edit a task that is pending and open a containing folder of a ready task. The “Clear all” button removes completed tasks and tasks that are in progress or are scheduled.
Note that in case you are going to record something for hours, your video won’t be interrupted by a screensaver or by Windows sleep mode. Icecream Screen Recorder automatically blocks them while recording scheduled tasks.
This feature works perfectly for lucky users of Windows 7 and 8. In your computer’s task panel there is a new button for fast and easy screenshot making. A single click on the icon opens an instrument for selecting a screenshot area. Right after you click on the Screenshot, Copy or URL button, your screenshot will be saved or shared according to the chosen button. The screenshot panel will be automatically closed. This quickshot feature is very helpful for those who need to take plenty of screenshots during some working process and share them.
3. Multiple monitors support
Icecream Screen Recorder now is capable of screen recording and taking screenshots not only of a single monitor, but of all the monitors that are connected to the computer. Users can select the recording area and then swipe it to the needed monitor and adjust it over there.
4. Saving and sharing screenshots
- Saving a screenshot as a JPG or PNG file
The program is capable of saving screenshots in 3 different ways. The first way is saving a file of either JPG or PNG format on your hard drive. A lot of Icecream Screen Recorder users were actually asking for this convenient feature so we took into account this info. Now our screen capture software offers 2 various image formats to save ready screenshots into: JPG and PNG. The choice can be applied in the program’s settings.
- Copying screenshot to clipboard
The second way of saving a screenshot is to save it to your clipboard, which can be done either by pressing the “Copy” button or Ctrl+C keys. After it is done you can press Ctrl+V or “Paste” and the screenshot will be inserted into, for example, an image editor, a text file, a Skype message, an email etc.
- Saving screenshot to URL
The last way to save a screenshot is to save it to URL. By pressing the “URL” button on the screenshot panel of the Icecream Screen Recorder, you are sending the screenshot of the selected area to the Icecream Apps server. When you do that, you receive a link that leads to your screenshot that is uploaded online. You can now quickly share this link over the Internet.
Icecream Screen Recorder supports the use of hotkeys to record, pause and stop currently recording video, for screenshot saving, and copying and uploading by URL. Hotkeys are also available for switching control, showing recordings, screenshot and draw panels, and for cancelling current tasks.
6. Mouse cursor
Through the settings panel of the Icecream Screen Recorder users can choose to show or hide the mouse cursor in a recorded video. Take note that during the process of the recording you will perfectly see the cursor, but it will be hidden in the ready video. The option to highlight the mouse is also available. Using this feature, with each mouse click you will see a green circle showing the point where the click was fulfilled.
7. Draw panel
To be more persuasive with your screenshots or screencasts, you can use the Draw panel for highlighting the things to pay extra attention on. The Draw panel aids the usability of Paint so making use of it is highly intuitive. To add random lines, a rectangle, a circle or an arrow, first select the thickness of the lines and the color and you are good to go. To add text to the working areas you need to select the font size and the font color. For all the graphic elements there are “undo” and “clear all” buttons so you can easily go back to a blank canvas if something goes wrong.
8. History panel
In this panel you have a table with information about successfully created screenshots and videos. You can see the name or URL of the file, the size, the duration of the video, and the resolution. To the right there is either a folder icon which will lead you to a containing folder or a chain icon which will lead you to the URL with the uploaded screenshot. The last column has recycle bin icons – press one to delete the needed file.
9. Custom and default zone of capture
After you select or schedule to record a video or to take a screenshot you should select the area to be captured. You can move the markers on the borders to expand or minimize the area manually or you can use one of the pre-set resolutions such as Fullscreen, 960p, 720p, 1024×768, 640×480, 320×240, or 160×120. With the latest version we decreased the minimum supported working area space up to 30x30px. Moving the area around the screen is also possible – just drag it to the needed place while holding the mouse cursor inside.
10. Recording system sounds and microphone audio
Icecream Screen Recorder supports recording system sounds and microphone audio as well. If you don’t want any sound to accompany your video, untick the “Record audio” option in the Audio tab in the settings of the program. You can also record a sample and adjust the volume and other audio settings in the mixer.
Icecream Screen Recorder is a screen capturing and screenshot taking freeware that has a lot of handy features and options for the maximum user comfort. We carefully think of every new option to add and work on keeping the interface user-friendly.