Re: screen capture sizing

Subject: Re: screen capture sizing
From: Larry Hoffenberg <LarryHoff -at- WORLDNET -dot- ATT -dot- NET>
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 1999 23:28:55 -0700

Many thanks to the nearly two dozen people who took the time to respond
directly or to the list about downsizing screen captures for viewing online.

The most interesting and unexpected suggestion I received (from 3 different
sources!) was to paste the capture into an MS Word document, resize it
within Word, then recapture it at the reduced size. Surprisingly, this
produced very good results!! Is it really possible that Billy Boy's boys and
girls have produced a "word processor" that matches or exceeds the graphic
manipulation results from dedicated tools like the Corels (Draw, PhotoPaint
and Zara), Paint Shop Pro, Blue Sky's ResizeIt, and a couple of others I
tried?!?! For this task, amazingly, yes!

The most effective tip, which I will use for this project, was to convert
the capture to 16 million colors (32 bit?), resample it down (to about 60%),
convert it to an 8-bit palletized (optimized) image (Corel PhotoPaint), and
then convert it to .gif format

Also thanks to everyone who responded to my question last week about
"archive vs. archives." [Kinda like Mad Magazine's Spy vs. Spy.] Lots of
interesting discussion but no consensus on that issue.


Larry Hoffenberg
Technical Writing Consultant

TechWriter -at- att -dot- net

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