RE: Bitmap distortion in online documentation

Subject: RE: Bitmap distortion in online documentation
From: Bill Burns <BillDB -at- intl -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 1999 11:06:48 -0700

Hi, Andrea.

> When I import the files and .bmps from existing MS Word documents into RH,
> the .bmps are illegible. If I reshoot the screen shots, paste them in
> RH's
> Image Workshop, then use the resize tool, the images are still illegible.
> I
> am shrinking the .bmps to 50-55% in order for them to be proportionate on
> the screen. Also, when I print the topic, the .bmps are terrible.
>
If you're resizing the bitmaps, you'll likely see some (read A LOT of) image
degradation. You might try a few things:

- Capture only relevant areas of a screen rather than entire dialogues or
windows.
- Use WMF files instead of BMP. WMFs resize with less degradation, but only
to a degree.
- Reference the images instead of pasting them directly into Word. To do
this, place all of your screen captures into a single directory, point your
project file (in the project settings) to that directory, then use codes to
reference the graphics. The codes look something like

{bmc myimage.wmf}

Unfortunately, printing anything with graphics from WinHelp has limitations.
If you need better quality print, you might want to look at other solutions.
Feel free to contact me offlist if you want to discuss options.

Bill Burns - Eccentric Technology Consultant
INT'L.com Design & Development
billdb -at- intl -dot- com
Y2K Complacent




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