RE: screen capture program

Subject: RE: screen capture program
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Sean -at- Quodata -dot- Com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2001 10:21:35 -0500

I just used my download of Screen Hunter on my current project. I'll be
sticking with SnagIT.

Screen Hunter's rectangular capture (a manual drag process) seems a tad bit
easier than SnagITs (where pixel information about the size of the capture
gets in the way) and a bit more accurate than SnagITs rectangular capture.

Otherwise, Screen Hunter's capture options are similar to SnagITs but less
extensive. Screen Hunter's Object capture, for example, mirrors SnagIT's
Window capture feature. However, while Screen Hunter will let me change the
color depth from 24-bit to 8-bit at the time of capture, I don't get pallet
choices for the 8-bit color depth, so colors can (and did) get squirrelly.
Also, while I can change the resolution of my captures using SnagIT (which I
do, from 96 to 120 dpi), Screen Hunter does not have this feature.

One problem I ran into was cancelling a capture. In SnagIT, after pressing
the hotkey (and provided autonaming of captures to file is not enabled), I
can cancel a capture by right-clicking. In Screen Hunter, right-clicking
also seemed to cancel the capture, but, after right-clicking, the Screen
Hunter program was no longer selectable. That is, after pressing the hot key
with manual naming enabled, and right-clicking, I can no longer get to the
Screen Hunter program, nor can I take another capture. Screen Hunter does
not appear as a selection when I press Alt+Tab. While the Screen Hunter icon
is available in the Windows task bar, next to the clock, selecting Open
fails to open the program. The only remedy appears to be using Ctrl+Alt+Del
to End Task for the Screen Hunter program.

In short, even though Screen Hunter is cheaper, SnagIT seems a tad more
stable and offers a few more features, ones that I use. I still stress that
screen capture tools, of any brand, are invaluable in technical writing that
includes even a few screen grabs. However, since all screen capture
utilities seem available for download and trial, you should do yourself the
favor of testing the tools and comparing them, before you buy.


sean -at- quodata -dot- com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Brierley, Sean [SMTP:Sean -at- Quodata -dot- Com]
> I'm going to download and play with Screen Hunter. However, please note
> that
> it is not free, it is USD19.95. I'm not sure how their demo period is, but
> am going to find out as I test it against SnagIT32 . . .. (I don't
> anticipate stopping using SnagIT but I like to keep my mind open.)
> Cheers,
> Sean
> sean -at- quodata -dot- com
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Bill Hartzer [SMTP:BHartzer -at- cha-systems -dot- com]
> > With the recent and never-ending/ongoing discussions about
> > screep capture software, I just heard about a new program that's
> > available.
> >
> > SCREENHUNTER. ScreenHunter can capture any rectangular area of
> > the screen, windows and menus, and the desktop. Captured images can be
> > saved with an automatically generated file name, so you don't have to
> > stop each time you capture and you can capture as many as you like. The
> > images also can be copied to other programs and saved either in Bitmap
> > or JPEG format. It's free at
> > .

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