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My Quest for the Perfect Screenshot App

I like words, but I prefer to communicate visually. One of the more frequent modes of my visual communication is the shared screenshot. I snap and share screenshots dozens of times per day. ⌘-⇧-4 and I are close friends.

Finding the Perfect Tool

Given the frequency with which I share screenshots, I needed a tool to make the process easier. My requirements were simple:

Simplicity

Must be drop dead simple to use. I press a keyboard shortcut, drag my screenshot area, and the screenshot is uploaded, and its URL is copied to my clipboard. No unnecessary steps.

Bring Your Own Storage

I've been burned in the past by having a large number of files trapped on an overpriced service. I won't make that mistake again. From now on, it's my personal S3 bucket, or bust.

Link Directly to the File

I regularly post screenshots into Campfire. URLs to HTML wrapper pages that contain a download link do me no good. I need the actual file's URL copied to my clipboard.

Free

The best price. Bonus points for open source.


Join Us for DC Digital Analytics Thursday

Join us for DC Digital Analytics Thursday on May 15, 2014. Co-hosted by Blue State Digital at their DC office, the event will feature presentations and discussions for digital analytics professionals. We'll have short talks on topics such as data visualization, testing culture, and tag management. Check out the Meetup page for more information, and to sign up!


At the Heart of It All: Finding More Than An Office Manager

Four years ago today, I was wading through responses to our craigslist ad for an Office Manager. When I wrote the ad, I went out on a limb and tried something non-traditional and creative, attempting to appeal to the heart and mind of a very special person. To my surprise and relief, after several weeks and several hundred applicants, it worked. That very special person was Khanh Stenberg. She joined Viget in May 2010. I think in my seven years at Viget, writing that job listing may have been my greatest achievement so far because it helped us find and hire one of our most influential people to date.


Viget Wins Gold and Double “Best of” at American Advertising Awards-DC

We were excited to see 96Elephants.org, a site we built with the Wildlife Conservation Society, take home the Gold in the Public Service category, the Best of Interactive Award, and the Best of Public Service Award at last night’s American Advertising Awards-DC gala. There were a total of 647 entries from 87 DC-area organizations.


Dick’s Sporting Goods Running 2014 Campaign: Launching an Immersive Video Lookbook

Whether hitting the trail or pounding the pavement, runners need to know that their gear will keep up with them. It’s helpful to see products in action before making a purchasing decision. For our most recent collaboration with Dick’s Sporting Goods, our challenge was to feature products in a fresh way that allowed customers to see them up close and in motion — through a digital experience. We decided to create an immersive video lookbook that builds an emotional connection with runners while introducing them to the best running gear of 2014.