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Autosave makes Awesome Screenshot more awesome

Chrome extension Awesome Screenshot now gives you greater control for capturing screenshots.

Awesome Screenshot just got more awesome. When I wrote about this Chrome extension last year, I liked its simplicity. It granted you three capture options -- visible part of the page you are viewing, a selected area, or the entire page -- and after taking a screenshot, it opened up a new tab where you could annotate your screenshot and then save it locally or online.

I used it for a time as my default Chrome screenshot utility but eventually stopped because I don't annotate most of the screenshots I take. Sure, it comes in handy once in a while when I need to capture an entire Web page, but I don't use it otherwise because I don't like two-step process of capturing a screenshot and then saving it to a desktop folder.

Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET

With its most recent update, Awesome Screenshot might just return to its rightful place as my go-to screenshot utility for Chrome. It now lets you autosave screenshots to a folder that you can specify, condensing the screenshot-capture process from two steps to a single step.

Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET

To set up an autosave folder, with the extension installed, click on the Awesome Screenshot button to the right of Chrome's URL bar. Next, click on Options and check the box for Autosave. Just above, you can choose a folder to save your screenshots. Also, the update lets you choose to save your screenshots as JPEGs in addition to PNG, and Google Drive has been added to the Save Online options.