Grab file format

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  1. lamina macrumors 68000

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    Is there a way to change the default file format for Grab? Who uses .tiff anyway!?
     
  2. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    Why not just use OS X's built-in screenshot ability? It uses PNG in Tiger, and can be changed through some strange plist thing somewhere, but I prefer PNG anyway.
     
  3. hanschien macrumors 6502

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    Command + Shift + 3 takes a screen shot and save as .png on your desktop

    Command + Shift + 4 lets you select an area

    Command + Shift + 4, Space bar lets you select an individual window
     
  4. pknz macrumors 68020

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    I think .tiff is used in design as it doesn't lose much in the way of quality.
     
  5. hanschien macrumors 6502

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    Add in the Control key to copy the each one to your clipboard. Then paste it into your favorite program.
     
  6. lamina thread starter macrumors 68000

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  7. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Does this actually change Grab's file format??? I don't think it does - so I don't think you win (I could be wrong). It looks to be a GUI that wraps the command to change ScreenCaptures format.

    Code:
    defaults write com.apple.screencapture type image_format
    where image_format can be tiff, png, jpg, pdf, etc...
     
  8. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Heh. Rarely use anything else.
     
  9. MatthewConnelly macrumors regular

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    Thanks for that, you have just saved me a lot of time!
     
  10. MobiusStrip macrumors regular

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    "Why not just use OS X's built-in screenshot ability?"

    Because it relies on typically obscure, unmarked Apple hotkey combos that nobody remembers. Meanwhile, every other vendor has a PrtScrn key on their keyboards.

    Then again, Apple can't figure out how to put a real Delete key on their keyboards either.
     
  11. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    As I usually tell people when they complain about having minimum security requirements for passwords: User inability to remember a password or key combination is not a system fault.
     
  12. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    Wow, you necro’d a three year old thread just to complain about Apple keyboards? Class in a glass right there. Also, I seem to have a forward-delete key on my wired keyboard... :rolleyes:

    Troll-tastic.
     
  13. MobiusStrip macrumors regular

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    Nice strawman. Passwords are not functions of the OS or computer, and thus are not printed on the keyboard. Screen-capture, however, is a standard function printed on a keyboard. Apple, who prides itself on user-friendliness, buries this in a three-key shortcut that isn't marked anywhere.

    Have fun carrying that around with your laptop.
     
  14. HappyJoe macrumors newbie

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    The dead still walk...

    Even though the OP got an answer that suited him, the question is still unanswered:
    Is there a way to change the default file format for Grab?

    I still don't know.
     

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