Re: Photo formats in Word

Subject: Re: Photo formats in Word
From: Bryan Sherman <bryan -at- bsherm -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 07:45:38 -0400

Reminds me of an old professor who said the answer to most things is "it
depends"... :-)

An important issue with this method is color depth. A document that contains a
lot of screen caps can get huge, and to paraphrase Bruce Banner "You wouldn't
like a Word file when it gets huge".

That's why I like to use SnagIt (I'm sure other capture programs provide similar
features). With SnagIt I can have it automatically convert a screen cap to 256
colors. There are other advantages to using SnagIt's ctrl-alt-p... but that is
the key one for me. Since I tend to run at 32-bit color, the difference in size
is pretty staggering.

The "depends" part is what color depth you run your system at. I used to just
change to 8-bit (256 color) while I was doing screen captures. Then the
alt-prtscr would yield the same results.

-----Original Message-----
From: Dick Margulis [mailto:margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net]
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2004 6:40 AM
Subject: Re: Photo formats in Word


I think you are overcomplicating it. Screen shots captured with
Alt+PrintScreen and pasted directly into Word actually behave quite
well. They can be scaled smoothly, cropped, etc.; and they are stored in
the document in a fairly compact and efficient format (don't ask me what
that format would be called in the real world, because I have no clue).
This is not the same as pasting a .bmp file into the document, as far as
I can tell.

Going through a graphic manipulation program is just extra work, unless
you need to modify the capture somehow (deleting or modifying some text
or an icon, perhaps).



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