Screen captures for Mac?

Subject: Screen captures for Mac?
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Sylvie Picquendar <sylvie -dot- picquendar -at- atempo -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2006 10:22:41 -0500

Sylvie Picquendar wondered: <<I am looking for a freeware to perform screen captures on a MAC that possibly allows me to save files in the gif format. I tried FreeSnap, but it does not allow to save as gif.>>

Apple provides a utility called "Grab" in OS X that does a decent job of capturing screens. It's very primitive compared with professional utilities, and you need to know how to change the preferred file format. (This requires using the Terminal utility and mucking about in Unix, so I haven't learned how to do this. A quick Google will probably tell you, as will displaying the man page for Grab in Unix.) The key thing is that you can change the format

The standard Mac equivalent to a pro Windows version such as SnagIt is something called Snapz Pro (, but you'll have to pay for it. If you're doing a lot of screen captures, the US$29 price isn't too hard to take, particularly if someone else is paying for it. (They also have a "classic" version for OS 9.) If you really, really need a freebie, see what you can find at the Mac OSX download center:

If you want a freebie solution, try combining Grab with Lemkesoft's Graphic Converter ( to convert the Grab images into any format you'd like. GC is available free or paid, but if you go for the free version, it records how long it's been since you first installed the software and makes you wait proportionally (possibly many minutes) before making the program tools available. Still, it's kickass software, and not very expensive.

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Geoff Hart ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca
(try geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com if you don't get a reply)
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