Re: Screen Captures

Subject: Re: Screen Captures
From: Marie Clear <Mclear3000 -at- AOL -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 1995 13:12:19 -0500

I've done screen captures for MSWindows and UNIX applications.

For windows, I had two options. First, I tried Corel's screen capture
but the quality of the captures was *horrible.* The images all came out
with cross-hatched colors that obscured text. Then, I decided to simply
use the PrintScreen key and (no laughing out there) MSPaint. Yes, MSPaint:
the default graphics program that comes with every Windows package.

The PrintScreen captures came out beautifully crisp, and it was simply
fastest to load them into Paint. Because it's a small program, there are
virtually no delays in pasting, manipulating, or saving the BMP image.
Simply clip out the part you want, and you're on your way. If you want
more details on this convoluted but effective method, drop me a line.

I never did find a very graceful utility to help with UNIX screen captures.
I ended up using a method similar to MS Windows captures, which was
to print the screen and paste it into any graphics program. A UNIX
administrator at your site should be able to tell you which UNIX print
commands are available to capture the screens.

Good luck, and let me know what you decided to do.
Marie Clear

Mclear3000 -at- aol -dot- com

In a message dated 95-12-05 12:01:56 EST, kjc -at- YAR -dot- CUSA -dot- COM (Kirby Chavez)
>Subj: Screen Captures
>Date: 95-12-05 12:01:56 EST
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> We are currently developing a new user's reference manual for one of
>our products. Our method for capturing screens to place in the manuals could
>be improved upon. I was wondering I could get some information from some of
>you on your method of "capturing screens" to place in your paper manuals.
>Any information would be greatly appreciated.

> Kirby Chavez
> Technical Writer

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