RE: Screen captures (was RE: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 35, Issue 14)

Subject: RE: Screen captures (was RE: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 35, Issue 14)
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 16:20:21 -0400

I don't have a GUI to document, yet, so my tool for screencaps has been
a moldy copy of Snag-It 5. Yes, I know that's wa-a-a-a-ay out-of-date.

However, I soon will need to document stuff being done via a GUI.
In recognition of a recent post that said manuals with partial
screenshots fared worse than manuals with full-screen captures and even
manuals with no screencaps at all, I was wondering...

Is there such a thing as a screen-cap utility that will allow one to
routinely capture either the full desktop or the full active window,
THEN do two things with it (simultaneously?):
1) Mark of a section of interest, which would be maintained at full size
and color while....
2) Fade or dim all the rest of the original capture and have it shrink
and recede behind the "section of interest".
In other words, like having a region map as the background to a
newscast, with the location-of-interest expanded for detailed/easy
viewing. The faded, larger map in the background is given for purposes
of orientation - where in the big world does the city of Boomgaffle
reside? Or, where in the big desktop or the big application window does
the particular toolbar or dialog box reside?
I can do that sort of thing with the GIMP or some other graphic program,
but it's laborious. It would be handy if it was just a standard feature
of a capture program. First make the capture, then, effectively, make a
second capture of a portion of the original capture, adjust the relative
sizes, adjust the relative brightness/intensity of the two elements,

- Kevin

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RE: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 35, Issue 14: From: Michael West
Screen captures (was RE: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 35, Issue 14): From: Boudreaux, Madelyn (GE Healthcare, consultant)

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