RE: Screen captures in .GIF format or .JPG format

Subject: RE: Screen captures in .GIF format or .JPG format
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Sean -at- Quodata -dot- Com>
To: "'techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 16:34:03 -0400

Use PNG. It's smaller file sizes support the same kind of images as GIF.
Plus, most newer browsers support PNG nowadays.

GIF would be my second choice followed by JPEG last. The problem is JPEG is
a lossy format, so you will see blurring and the like in something as sharp
as a screen capture. In a photograph, lost pixels are not noticed. The
debate should be between GIF and PNG, JPEG is a non-starter <vbg>. Let the
games begin . . ..

sean -at- quodata -dot- com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bill Hartzer [SMTP:BHartzer -at- cha-systems -dot- com]
> Do you save your screen captures in .GIF format or .JPG format?
> Our screen captures are used in MS Word for printed documentation and then
> converted to html, so we need them to be either a .gif or .jpg file, and
> they
> all have less than 256 colors. I've been told by a graphics expert friend
> that .GIF files are generally used for original artwork (i.e., buttons,
> banners, logos, etc.)
> and animations, while .JPG files are strictly reserved for photos.
> Are screen captures artwork or are they photos?
> Which file format is better for screen captures that will end up being
> viewed in a web browser?

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