Re: Screen capture and simple graphic editing tool. And finding our which tool was used to create a graphic

Subject: Re: Screen capture and simple graphic editing tool. And finding our which tool was used to create a graphic
From: Chris Morton <chris -at- isntthatwrite -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:17:11 -0400

Note that Windows ships with a Steps Recorder that may be of some use.

For screenshots, I got a lot of mileage from the open source Greenshot,
which is somewhat akin to SnagIt.

I use GIMP (also open source) for photo knockouts; although I do it
manually point-by-point, I've found it far more straightforward than
Photoshop's process.

I'm very adept at using Windows Paint to fudge a lot of stuff.

ColorPix is a useful free utility for determining the color of anything
onscreen. It provides RGB, hex, and CMYK values. Speaking of color, this is
sometimes useful: https://www.w3schools.com/colors/colors_picker.asp

And believe it or not, I still get a lot out of an old copy of CorelDRAW!
that a former employer purchased for me. I like it because it does what I
need to do... no muss, no fuss, no chocolate mess.

Yes, I use PowerPoint for ad hoc items, such as quickly (operative word)
creating a rectangular section header having a graduated background. And if
you don't have access to Visio (I do), PowerPoint is easy to use for
diagrams. I'll sometimes create something in PowerPoint, enlarge it
fullscreen on my 24" monitor, then use Greenshot to nab it.

It's all about quick 'n' dirty for me (as *Whatever Gets You Through the
Night* plays in my head).

Once in a blue moon when I'm wearing purple socks and listening to Rahsaan
Roland Kirk backwards, I fire up Illustrator for something.

FYI, MS Office XML files (DOCX, et al.) are nothing more than containers
that can be unzipped. So if someone gives you a DOCX with an embedded
graphic you need to alter in some way, simply use your unzipping tool to
deconstruct the DOCX container.



Chris Morton
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On Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 2:58 AM, Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca> wrote:

> If you use the Chrome browser, look for the Awesome Screen Recorder Chrome
> app. Awesome is a great plugin for web browsers, but the Chrome app extends
> the features to record the desktop.
>
> For image editing, Iâve been happy with GIMP, and was just informed about
> Krita, so Iâll be checking that out later. https://krita.org/
>
> For vector diagrams, I used to use Inkscape. But when I worked in an
> environment based on Atlassian Confluence, the company invested in the
> Gliffy plugin, and I enjoyed using that for flowcharts and other system
> diagrams.
>
> Have fun!
> -Tony
>
> On Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 22:56 Caroline Tabach <caroline -dot- tabach -at- gmail -dot- com>
> wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> >
> > I have started in a new position.
> >
> > There is a set of user guides which have diagrams and screen captures
> in,
> > but no one seems to know which tool was used to create and edit them.
> >
> > The environment is Windows, the docs are currently in Word.
> >
> > I asked IT what licenses they had, and he does not know.
> >
> > My questions are:
> > 1. Is there anyway to find out what a graphic was made in?
> >
> > 2. In the past I used an old version of snagit for screen captures,
> > callouts, and simple graphic edting, what free or inexpensive tool can
> you
> > recommend for this purpose? (Is PAINT.NET) any good)
> >
> > 3. Creating simple diagrams - what would you recommend?
> >
> >
> > Thanks
> >
> > --
> > Caroline Tabach
> > Technical/Marcom Writer
> > e-mail: caroline -dot- tabach -at- gmail -dot- com
> >
> >
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Screen capture and simple graphic editing tool. And finding our which tool was used to create a graphic: From: Caroline Tabach
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