RE: "usable" screen captures

Subject: RE: "usable" screen captures
From: "Sean Brierley" <sbrierley -at- Accu-Time -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 10:48:34 -0400

Screen captures with callouts appeal to a certain kind of reader. Should
we not do them because it's more difficult?



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Behalf Of Cardimon, Craig
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 10:47 AM
To: Leonard C. Porrello
Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: "usable" screen captures

Thanks for replying. I understand your reasoning.

It is a drag, though. Callouts are eye-catching. They look cool.

But in the long run, not doing callouts is easier.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Leonard C. Porrello [mailto:Leonard -dot- Porrello -at- SoleraTec -dot- com]
> Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 10:40 AM
> To: Cardimon, Craig
> Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com; john -at- garisons -dot- com
> Subject: RE: "usable" screen captures
> Using callouts, graphical and textual, increases maintenance costs.
> graphics callouts (in step by step sections, for example), you often
> have to swap out several screenshots when a dialog changes. With text
> call-outs (like the ones illustrated in this thread), you have to
> capture a new screenshot and redraw (or at least remap) all of your
> callouts when a dialog changes. In contrast, without call-outs you can

> just capture a new screen shot and be done with it.

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