Re: Screen Capture software for Macintosh

Subject: Re: Screen Capture software for Macintosh
From: Mike Stockman <stockman -at- jagunet -dot- com>
To: "John Ryan" <jr -at- seattlelab -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L, a list for all technical communication issues" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 1999 17:41:17 -0400

On 09/01/1999 2:54 PM, John Ryan (jr -at- seattlelab -dot- com) wrote:

>Does anyone know of a good screen capture application for the Macintosh?

Well, the Mac OS has screen capture abilities built-in that can do any of
the following:

* Command-shift-3 takes the whole screen and saves it to a PICT file.

* Command-shift-4 changes the mouse cursor to a crosshairs so you can
select a rectangular region and save it to a PICT file.

* If the caps lock key is active, command-shift-4 changes the cursor to a
bull's eye. Click any window with the bull's eye cursor to capture the
complete window to a file or the clipboard.

In all of these options, the screenshot is saved on the root level of
your hard drive as a PICT file (convertible to any other bitmap format)
as Picture 1, Picture 2, and so on.

* Add the Control key to any of the above combinations to capture to the
clipboard instead of a file.

Add the MenuCapture utility (check
l, and search for menucapture) to use any of the built-in screen capture
functions but add the ability to capture menus and pop-ups (and anything
that involves the mouse button being pressed).

The best commercial alternative is Snapz Pro from Ambrosia Software
( Saves in TIFF format,
among others, and does snapshot delay, screen regions, and tons of other

Hope this is useful,

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