Softmatic ScreenLayers

Developer: Axel Wolf

Current Version: 1.1

Last Updated: 3 years ago

Download Size: 521.1 KB - Download


Screenshots with a twist: Softmatic ScreenLayers captures the screen and exports the sceenshot to PSD with each window on its own layer. A big time saver: No more moving around of windows, no more changing of backgrounds. Simply hide or delete windows or screen elements you don't need.

Global hotkeys let you capture the whole screen or selected windows. The created PSDs can be saved grouped or with a flat structure. Windows can be captured with or without shadows, great for compositing. System windows like the Dock or the Finder can be excluded from capturing, greatly reducing the file size of the exported PSD.

ScreenLayers works with normal and retina resolutions, with single or dual monitor setups (see screenshot #5 for tested configurations). Also supported is capturing full screen windows and Mission Control.

Please note that mixed Retina and non-Retina configurations can result in very large images because the captures from the non-Retina screen are upscaled.

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System requirements: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
Language: English


Release Notes:

• FIX: Corrects a bug where all menu items where greyed out and deactivated


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.0
Review by Ryan Shuck

This is awesome! - Better than I expected, does exactly what it says and more. You can turn off individual screen elements like the dock, any of the menu bar items like the wifi signal meter, even down to the menu bar shadow. The only downside is that it makes HUGE files, dependent of course on your screen resolution. All in all it's definitely worth it.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.1
Review by Tom Zos

If it only worked - Unfortunately this app won’t work on my machine. I’ve tried to email their support, but haven’t received any help. I’m running OS X 10.9.5 on a 3 GHz 8-Core Intel Xeon E5 with 32 GB of RAM

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.1
Review by The FLP

I think I get more fun out of it than actual work, but who cares? - There was an older app called Layers that did what ScreenLayers does, but that app hasn’t been updated in forever and has “issues” with Retina screens and/or Yosemite. I’m absurdly happy to find a replacement for it. It may not be as practical for my purproses as OS X's built-in screen grab feature — I rarely need to grab more than a single window — but grabbing an entire screen full of apps in their own separate layers is just too much fun. And a tool like this is vital if you need to grab menus. My one complaint is that the PSD doesn’t preserve the exact window positions — everything but the menu bar and background are shifted down and to the right by some amount. Also, it doesn’t capture the mouse pointer like the old Layers app did. Otherwise, it’s perfect.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people