Edge effect on cropped screenshots?

Subject: Edge effect on cropped screenshots?
From: Di <dicorrie -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2011 10:23:30 +1200

Question: if you crop screenshots to be used in printed and online software
documentation, do you use an edge effect and if so, what?

Background to question: Our software development company uses screenshots
in our release notes and training materials. These are primarily used in PDF
format, both online (release notes) and printed form (training materials).
We print training materials and user guides in grey scale. Clients also get
the pdfs so they have the option to print in colour. The release notes are
also available in CHM.......... I inherited a standard for cropped
screenshots - to use a shark tooth border. This standard was around back in
the dot matrix days that I remember very well, and so I think it is probably
a very old-fashioned effect, now. I'm tempted to drop the standard
altogether - just crop without an edge effect. My justification for the
change could be that we crop screenshots to eliminate the unnecessary and
draw attention to the essential information. An edge effect is at
cross-purposes with this purpose. Cropped screenshots should not need an
edge effect. However, the truth is that I cannot think of anything better!
I've Googled on this a few times and not come up with anything.

Thanks and regards,

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