URGENT SCREEN CAPTURE QUESTION

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  1. mashinhead macrumors 68020

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    I know how to do a screen capture selection (shift + apple + 4) but the default settings are a pdf. How do i change the setting to a jpg and increase the resolution of the image capture. can i do that.
     
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    You can open up grab and do a screen capture. You can save it as a tiff, then convert that to a jpeg.
     
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    or export the pdf in preview to a jpeg while at the the same time setting the quality when you export
     
  4. mashinhead thread starter macrumors 68020

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    how can change the settings to a tiff. and how can change the res.
     
  5. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    When you go to save as, the default is a tiff. You can't really change the resolution, but a tiff isn't that bad when you enlarge it. I'm not sure of what you need this for, but I think this is as good as you are going to get with built-in functions.
     
  6. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Might be a better idea. :eek:
     
  7. kettle macrumors 65816

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    Somebody must know how to make the OS spit out a tiff instead of a pdf.
    I've asked before but have had no luck, there were some command line examples on macosxhints but none were a permanent change to the default screenshot.

    I would like to know an answer.. I'd even like to know if there was a way of out putting directly to jpeg with a compression attribute to deal out the required image quality a bit like using the command line to gzip up stuff.

    any ideas much appreciated.
     
  8. GodBless macrumors 65816

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    Why not just copy it to the clipboard? just hold down the ctrl button while taking a screenshot.

    If it helps you might want to know that .PNG files are the Tiger standard screenshot file instead of .PDF files.

    By the way, some people are unaware of the many ways to take screenshots on Mac OS X so I have listed them below:

    - command+shift+3 - Standard Screenshot (saved to the desktop as a .PDF file)
    - command+shift+ctrl+3 - Standard Screenshot (copied to the clipboard; use the command+v keyboard command to paste where desired)
    - command+shift+4 - Crosshair Screenshot (saved to the desktop as a .PDF file)
    - command+shift+ctrl+4 - Crosshair Screenshot (copied to the clipboard; use the command+v keyboard command to paste where desired)
    - command+shift+4 then let go and press spacebar - Picture of selected object such as window, background, dock, icon, etc. (saved to the desktop as a .PDF file)
    - command+shift+ctrl+4 then let go and press spacebar - Picture of selected object such as window, background, dock, icon, etc. (copied to the clipboard; use the command+v keyboard command to paste where desired)
     
  9. tech4all macrumors 68040

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    Cool, I didn't know about some of those shortcuts. :)
     
  10. GodBless macrumors 65816

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    Sure beats Windows doesn't it? ;)
     
  11. jsalzer macrumors 6502a

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    SnapNDrag

    I do a lot of training manuals and posters for computer workshops, etc.

    Snap-N-Drag is a life-saver! It's freeware (with optional shareware plugins for frames and stuff) that gives you the three main screenshot options (full screen, window, selection with crosshairs), a timer if you need it, and the ability to name the file, choose its type, and choose its quality - all before you save it somewhere (which you do by dragging the thumbnail to wherever you want it to save.)

    Most importantly, you can shoot (er - snap) and drag the thumbnail directly into Pages, Word, or whatever you're designing in. Thus totally eliminating the need to have a tiff, jpeg, whatever file sitting on your desktop that needs to be filed or thrown away. Snap - drag - snap - drag - snap - drag - all without the clutter of pic files. Super app!!!!
     
  12. andrewfee macrumors 6502

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    I found an AppleScript that did most of what I wanted done, and then modified it to output the right filetype, and format I liked.

    If you set this as a folder action on your desktop, it should convert your screenshots to .png (an image with lossless compression) and will name them first by date, and then time.

    Here's the script; option (alt) click on it to download it, and then move it into the folder action scripts folder. (for some reason I could only get folder actions working if they were in that folder)
     
  13. GodBless macrumors 65816

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    It looks like everything that you are doing can be done with keyboard shortcuts.
     
  14. jsalzer macrumors 6502a

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    Keyboard Shortcuts

    Well, we could get rid of the GUI all together and do everything via keyboard. Didn't we try that once? DOS or something? :)

    Sorry, but those of us with regular old brains just can't memorize keyboard shortcuts that use more than two keys. Nor should we have to. That's not what the Mac experience is about. My synopsithingies have more important information to store. ;)
     

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