Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Awesome Screenshot Minus the Spyware

In the past week Google or Diigo has removed Awesome Screenshot extension and app from the Chrome Store.

If you have followed tech news in the past few months you know that Awesome Screenshot was highlighted as an extension that spied and tracked its users and sold that information to advertisers.

While Awesome Screenshot is gone, and it appears Diigo is no longer involved in its development, it has resurfaced as Awesome Screenshot Minus. Awesome Screenshot minus the spyware, tracking, promotional links, and premium features. The cleaned up code and source is now available on GitHub.

I recently installed the extension and found it fast and responsive. It captures a screenshot and lets me annotate, but without premium features and spyware. Kudos to rojer for the nice job of cleaning up this extension.