Screen shots save as .pdf????

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  1. Amphersand macrumors member

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    When i do a screen shot they have started to save as .pdf????

    Using an iMac running X10.2.8 - im guessing its a pref somewhere but i cant find anything.

    the pdfs are more than usable, but they take a while to open/convert in photoshop, i just want to change them bac to .pic files or another equivilent. any help is much appreciated.

    Cheers
    A.
     
  2. Amphersand thread starter macrumors member

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    Cheers Tim
    Im sure theres an easyer way than all that tho??? I was using a G5 running a higher version of X and that seemed to save screen shots as .pics

    Cheers anyhow.

    A.
     
  3. zarathustra macrumors 6502a

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    Mac OS 10.3 and up save screenshots as .png by default. You could take a screenshot to the clipboard as well.

    command-ctrl-shift-3 : full screen
    command-ctrl-shift-4: crosshair selector (while you have the crosshair, push space to get the "camera"; this will take pictures of windows, palettes, whatever you point it at)

    Once you capture what you need, switch to Photoshop and paste.
     
  4. annk Administrator

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    When I open a screenshot I've saved, it automatically opens as .png (in Preview). But regardless, you can save the screenshot as a different format. Just choose your format from the "Save as" menu in Preview.

    Picture 5.png

    Does that answer your question? Or is there something else that I'm not understanding?

    Edit: Beat by 3 minutes by Zarathustra :)
     
  5. PatrickF macrumors 6502

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    I believe 10.3 saved as PDF. It wasn't until 10.4 that they changed the format to PNG.
     
  6. annk Administrator

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    If Preview has the same possibility to choose "Save as" format, then it shouldn't matter that the OP has 10.2 - she/he can still choose the format she/he wants from the save-menu.
     
  7. PatrickF macrumors 6502

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    Absolutely, it's quite handy that Preview can change formats.
     
  8. solaris macrumors 6502a

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    Not true!
    Mac OS 10.3 save screenshots as PDF, while starting with Mac OS 10.4 they save as PNG.
     
  9. swingerofbirch macrumors 68030

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    Here's an easy way:

    Download TinkerTool.
    Link:
    http://www.bresink.de/osx/TinkerTool.html#Download

    Install TinkerTool.

    Open TinkerTool. Go to the "General Pane." There is a section that says Screentshot file format. Choose PDF.

    You're done!

    EDIT: My advice was completely useless to you. I quickly misread your post. I assumed you were in Tiger and wanted to save to PDF. Sorry.
     
  10. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    That doesn't work on Jaguar or Panther AFAIK.

    There is a solution for Panther, but I don't know if it works on Jaguar or not. Open Terminal and type the following:

    defaults write com.apple.screencapture type png

    Or substitute "jpeg" or "gif" for "png" if you prefer a different format, or use "pdf" to change things back.
     
  11. blodwyn macrumors 65816

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    Or use ChangeCapture. Doesn't get much easier than that.
     
  12. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Says it's for Tiger only...don't know if it would work on Jaguar.
     
  13. blodwyn macrumors 65816

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    Oops, you're right. My bad.
     

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