Snagit 2018 vs. ActivePresenter: Find the better one!

Snagit 2018 vs. ActivePresenter. Side-by-side comparison of TechSmith Snagit 2018 and ActivePresenter. Find out which one is better in this article!

Overview about Snagit 2018 and ActivePresenter

Snagit 2018 is the latest screen capture software of TechSmith which is an useful tool for making tutorials and product demos on Windows and Mac. It has lots of killer features that impress us very much such as easy-to-follow workflow, powerful screen capturing tools and intuitive image editor. It is not a freeware, means you need to purchase a license after 14 days trial.

ActivePresenter is not only a simple screen capture software but also a powerful video recording and screencast creator with lots of professional features you can use. The program can run on Windows 7, 8X, 10 and macOS X too.

In this post, you are able to read about our side-by-side comparison of these powerful program to learn which one is better for you in creating training material and how-to videos or product demos.

They are both powerful and worth to buy!

I tried both Snagit 2018 and ActivePresenter for a while and totally agree that both of them are worth to buy. The price for Snagit stands at mid-level for a screen capture tool, i.e $49.95 per license. It lets you do almost everything about screen capture such as capture full screen, fixed region, scrolling page or window, annotate your images and save to PNG, GIF or JPG. There are nothing to complain about this amazing program of TechSmith so far.

In comparison with Snagit 2018, ActivePresenter, for some reasons, is far more powerful than Snagit 2018. It lets you either capture screenshot or record video in full hd quickly. More importantly, ActivePresenter provides an intuitive video editor and authoring tool that you can use for creating perfect screencast and responsive learning courses rapidly. That’s the reason why its price level is 3 times higher than Snagit 2018.

Here are screenshots of both programs!


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They are safe to use!!!

As normal, we run a quick scan on both programs for safety. They are safe for sure. Both programs are able to be downloaded and instally on our computer without any interuption. You can try them too.

Things to be considered in both tools

Trial vs Free

As mentioned, Snagit 2018 is not a free program. TechSmith allows you to evaluate this program within 14 days. You’ll need to make your decision after this period. During this period, your screenshot will have watermark which means you can’t use for your project.

ActivePresenter is a FREE program. Atomi allows you to use ActivePresenter as long as you want for non-commercial purposes. Your screenshots or videos will not have watermark. But, remember to read carefully their license term before trying it.

Screenshot tool vs. elearning authoring tool

Snagit 2018 is more like a screenshot tool while ActivePresenter is exacly an elearning authoring tool. If you don’t intend to create an elearning course in the future, you should go for Snagit 2018 because of their competitive price. And via versa, you should choose ActivePresenter if you want to join the elearning industry in near future.

ActivePresenter and Snagit 2018 features comparison

Take a look at feature description of both programs from below descriptions

Snagit 2018

  • Smart and simple to use program.
  • Capture image, cursor, video and audio easily.
  • Recording full screen, regional, webcam or scrolling page.
  • Built-in video editor with capture info effect.
  • Shapes and Annotation tools available in editor.
  • Back ground auto fill function.
  • Adding stamp, call out, transition or workflow.
  • Manage files in Snagit’s library.
  • Share on Google drive or on TechSmith’s server.


  • Advanced recording features: Full Motion Recording, Smart Capture
  • Video editing: Cut, Crop, Join, Change Volume, Speed Up, Slow Down
  • Multiple Audio/Video Layers
  • Rich annotations: Shapes, Image, Zoom-n-Pan, Closed Caption, Cursor Path, Audio/Video Overlays
  • Smart Annotation
  • Themes & Templates
  • Export to: MP4, WebM, MKV, AVI, WMV
  • Export to: PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Adobe PDF, HTML
  • Commercial Use
  • Advanced Audio/Video Effects: Fade In, Fade Out, Noise Reduction, Blur, Green Screen
  • HTML5 Export
  • Fully Responsive Design
  • Interactivity & Branching: Variables, Conditional Actions, Javascript API
  • Interactions: Button, Mouse Click, Text Input, Drag & Drop, Keystroke
  • Quiz: 9 Types of Questions
  • Report & Tracking in LMS (SCORM, xAPI)

Which one is better?

So you know some information about these programs. What do you think? Which one is better? Honestly, it depends on what you want to do. I can’t tell you the better one if I don’t know who you are and what you are looking for. Consider your goals, your budget and choose the one that meet your requirements.

Bottom line

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Good luck!


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