Re: Monitor refresh rates

Subject: Re: Monitor refresh rates
From: Tommy Trussell <twt -at- CEI -dot- NET>
Date: Fri, 14 Jul 1995 11:23:42 -0500

Regarding comfort and screen captures:

>Added bonus: The lower the resolution, the smaller the .BMP file.
...
>graphics cards don't even support a "mere" 16 colors anymore). The same
>.BMP captured in 256 colors uses up 100K, while the 16 color capture uses up
>only 50K (experience talking here).

When you capture screen images for inclusion in your documentation, you
should test the results after changing your color depth or resolution.
Depending upon your publication medium, it could make a BIG difference on
the quality of the finished result. (For example, WinHelp images work best
at a particular color depth, and your printer/typesetter may look best at a
particular bitmap resolution.)

If you use a Mac with a multi-sync monitor, you can change the resolution
and/or screen depth, make the captures and change back immediately. (You
can even use AppleScript or an F-Key utility to avoid a trip to the
Monitors control panel.) On a PC you have to reboot Windows, but the
trouble may be worth it to you.

--Tommy Trussell

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