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> From: Christine -dot- Anameier -at- seagate -dot- com [SMTP:Christine -dot- Anameier -at- seagate -dot- com]
> Sean Brierley wrote: "Are many of us spending time editing and fussing
> screen captures this
> I do. Sometimes I add callouts,
I add callouts as text in my DTP app. I don't add callouts to the bitmap
because, even with aliasing, the fonts are less than crisp. Plus, editing
the callout is a pain if the text is in the bitmap.
> sometimes I want the mouse pointer in a
> specific place,
If I need the mouse pointer in a specific place, I put it there before I
capture the screen.1
> sometimes I want to clean up potentially confusing screen
> elements (e.g., the wrong item is selected, or an SME sent me their screen
> capture with their Microsoft Office quickstart toolbar showing at the top
> of the screen)
Ahhhhh. I reject all SME screen grabs and make my own. That way, I can set
the resolution and color depth to meet my file size needs and uniformity
within my document set. It's also a good way to become familiar with the
software and find bugs. Besides, I have found that my SMEs are so familiar
with the process that they often miss steps. Plus, I know best when a screen
grab is needed.
> and for some reason it's not convenient to grab another
> screen capture.
> But my #1 reason for fussing with screen captures is to crop them. Often
> you don't need the whole window or the whole screen, and trimming it down
> to essentials makes it clearer (and also lets you display the relevant
> at a higher magnification).
Ah-ha. And, this is where screen-capture software shines. It automatically
crops, selects parts and pieces of windows, or you can manually crop at the
time of the capture . . . which saves you the effort of bitmap editing.
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