ScreenFloat, now available on the Mac App Store, is a small utility that does one simple thing: float screenshots above all your other windows. Seems silly at first, right? It’s not. I’ve been beta testing this app for over a year, and every time I open it I’m amazed at how useful this functionality is.
Take, for example, InDesign. There’s plenty of data that can’t be quickly copied and pasted into a document, and InDesign tends to obscure everything but what you’re working on with its interface elements. With ScreenFloat, I just hit Command-Shift-2 and snap a quick shot of the information I need to reference. When I switch back to InDesign, that screenshot is right there, floating wherever I move it to. InDesign stays focused as I enter what I need. It’s great for writing, too. Right now I have a snap of the Mac App Store details for ScreenFlow floating next to the TextMate window where I’m writing this up. Price, release date, how to spell developer Matthias Gansrigler’s name … all instantly available for reference without a single Command-Tab.
I could give you a dozen more examples, but I think that if ScreenFloat is going to be of use to you, you’ve probably already thought of a few times you could live without a bunch of app switching. ScreenFloat also catalogs previous screenshots, and has “Open In” functionality for sending them to any other application. It’s US$7.99 in the Mac App Store, and in this blogger’s opinion, an essential tool for anyone doing real work on a Mac.
By the way, Eternal Storms Software (Matthias Gansrigler) is also responsible for Flickery, my favorite Flickr browser. If you haven’t checked it out, it’s on the Mac App Store as well.