RE: Screen Capture Question

Subject: RE: Screen Capture Question
From: Dave Neufeld <Dave_Neufeld -at- spectrumsignal -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2000 09:56:28 -0700

On my last document that was screen capture intensive I use Paint Shop Pro
(PSP) to prep screen captures. I run Word 2000 under Windows NT. Our final
destination is Word files and PDF, with a possibility of help files. Here's
what I did (YMMV):

1. The developer captured screen shots using CTRL+ALT+Print Screen, and
pasted them in a mail message to me.

2. I copied the capture from the mail message to PSP.

3. Reduce the colour depth to the minimum required. For some graph samples
this was 2-bit (black and white), while for general dialog windows this is
4-bit (16 colours) You don't need any more colours than this to display
dialog windows, and it significantly reduces the file size of the capture.

4. Re-size the image for physical size and for the number of dots-per-inch.
This can be a compromise. I like to use 150 dots-per-inch if the size
doesn't have to be exact. If size matters, then I adjust the dots-per-inch
from between 150 to 300. Densities over 300 contain too much information and
can be halfed (300 to 150). Size the image to the size you want in PSP for
best results. You'll have to experiment with the PSP re-size dialog to see
the various effects and get used to it.

5. Copy the finished file from PSP to Word. Use Edit->Paste Special and
choose Device Independent Bitmap.

6. You may want to set the capture to In line with Text using the Layout tab
of the Format Picture window.

Hope this helps



David Neufeld
dave_neufeld -at- spectrumsignal -dot- com
Spectrum Signal Processing, Inc.







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