What’s Coming Up Next? – Tom Bluewater Introducing deskShots 2 for Mac OS X

Mac OS X software deskShots 2

TOKYO (MacHouse) – Life can get unexpectedly brutal, sometimes. In the last seven days I’ve struggled to find a solution to a software development issue, due to which Mac App Store rejected three new software submissions and three software updates. They say all the binaries that I submitted to them contained an entitlement (com.apple.developer.maps) that they didn’t need. Well, I didn’t put it. It seems that I’ve finally located the root of the problem. Anyway, I submitted a new software title to Mac App Store yesterday. I managed to submit a good copy to them just half an hour ago after fixing the entitlement issue. This new software title is called deskShots 2.

Mac software deskShots 2   Mac software deskShots 2

deskShots 2 is the first major upgrade to an existing desktop application that lets you take desktop screenshots effectively. Taking a desktop screenshot can’t be any easier with deskShots 2. Take a screenshot of the full or a partial desktop area with a click of a button without letting the application prompt you to name each file. Select a shape like a circle, a triangle, a square, a heart, a diamond that surrounds the mouse pointer.  

Available at Mac App Store
Mac App Store

What’s new?

  1. The user can optionally give the application access to additional two dozen cursor types.
  2. Override the mouse position by giving the application different mouse position coordinates.
  3. The previous version let the user highlight a circular area surrounding the mouse pointer. This upgrade allowed the user to highlight an area with a shape of their selection.
  4. Set a stroke weight to a shape and cast a shadow around a shape that surrounds the mouse pointer.
  5. Enlarge the screenshot up to 4x.
  6. The built-in user’s guide called Quick Tour will show you how to use the application with graphics.


  1. Take a desktop screenshot with a click of a button without letting the application prompt you to name each file.
  2. Preview the screenshot with a preview screen.
  3. Set a partial desktop area. Save any number of presets.
  4. Optionally give the application access to additional two dozen cursor types.
  5. Override the mouse pointer position regardless of where it currently is.
  6. Surround the mouse pointer with a shape (circle, square, cross, diamond, heart…) of your selection.
  7. Enlarge the screenshot up to 4x.
  8. The application supports the fullScreen mode.
  9. The application supports the retina screen. (tested with 2014 2.6 GHz 13″ MacBook Pro)
  10. Languages: English only.
  11. Application file size: 31.9 MB.
  12. The application comes with a built-in 20-page user guide. Choose Show Quick Tour under deskShots 2 whenever you need to see it.

System requirements

  1. 10.8 (tested with 10.8.5), 10.9 (tested with 10.9.5), 10.10 (tested with 10.10.3)
  2. 64-bit system


  1. The application can fail to keep track of the global mouse position while its window is brought to front under some operating system versions or with certain Mac models. In order to let the application position the mouse pointer at the right spot, the user is advised to turn on the delay checkbox button and then deselect the application or select Finder when they take a screenshot.

Version history

Version 2.0.8 (Released on March 25, 2016)

  1. The application comes with a redesigned (application) icon.

Version 2.0.7 (Released on February 24, 2016)

  1. When the user selected a new shared folder, the Save Screenshot toolbar button did not become active even when all settings are valid.
  2. The user was not always able to save a screenshot by choosing Take Screenshots under Screenshot when the main window was closed.

Version 2.0.5 (Released on August 15, 2015)

  1. Fix: When the user chose Take Screenshot under Screenshot or pressed Command + T, the application could fail to save a screenshot to disk.
  2. Fix: When the user chose a preset, the application was not always ready to let the user take a desktop screenshot.

Version 2.0.3 (Released on August 5, 2015)

  1. The application keeps track of mouse pointer position even while the user drags and moves a file.
  2. Quick Tour is revised.
  3. Fix: The application failed to set the mouse pointer at the correct position for a computer with a retina display.

Trial/Demo version

Click here to download a trial version. This trial version will remain fully functional for 7 days, starting from the very moment you first launch it.

Video tutorial

There is no video tutorial at this time.

deskShots 2 is a product of Tom Bluewater.
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