Saving 'Grab' shots in a different format ?

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  1. Avzone macrumors 6502

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    Is this possible as they seem to only save as pdf format ?
     
  2. zombieaters macrumors newbie

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    nope. at least i havent found a way yet... the best thing i can tell you to do is open the image in another program (such as Photoshop) and resave as the file extension that you want.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    PDF? That takes me back.

    In Terminal:

    defaults write com.apple.screencapture type image_format

    For image_format you have jpg, pdf, tif, or png.

    I believe it takes a log out to make the change final as well.
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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  5. Avzone thread starter macrumors 6502

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    >>>

    Oh cool!
    Nice one!
    Can you use terminal for changing how you want to save it? Ive never used it before ?
    Many Thank!
    ;)
     
  6. Avzone thread starter macrumors 6502

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    >>>

    mmm
    Ive just had a go at typing that and it hasn't worked ?

    I opened Terminal and typed
    defaults write com.apple.screencapture type jpg
    I clicked return
    and then typed
    killall SystemUIServer
    closed Terminal
    and tried Grab again and its stil saving as pdf
    ?
     
  7. Avzone thread starter macrumors 6502

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  8. Avzone thread starter macrumors 6502

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    >>>

    Please Help as this is bugging me out.
    I have followed those instructions but Its not happening ?
    I am using 10.3 so the default as listed is pdf, but I want to change it to jpg.
    I tried logging out/in and also tried the killing command.
    Still No Joy ?
     
  9. Avzone thread starter macrumors 6502

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    >>>

    Also when I accually open 'Grab' and use it the file is saved as a 'tiff'
    ???????
    :rolleyes:
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Try using the shortcuts instead of Grab? I don't think I've ever opened Grab.
     
  11. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    You should have mentioned that much sooner. You might want to try out Snap 'n' Drag.
     
  12. Avzone thread starter macrumors 6502

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    >>>

    I was, Im just trying both ways to see if they have changed the formats I am trying to save them in ?
     
  13. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    Well, you might want to try this-- it is just for changing the type of capture and it says it works for 10.3.9 and later.
    ScreenMat
     
  14. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, or else try using the utility Onyx that I mentioned before to implement the default change for you -- the defaults write command should affect both Grab.app and the Cmd-Option-Shift-3/4 screengrabs.

    Onyx is just a maintenance tool (that a lot of us really like) but this happens to be another setting it can tweak on your behalf.
     
  15. Avzone thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well Sickmadoc that looks like that would be a perfectly simple solution...
    But Its still the same.. tiff and pdf!
    AaaarRGH!!!!
    :eek:
     
  16. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    I agree with mkrishnan on Onyx, but be sure to go to this page and download version 1.5.3 for your 10.3 installation. The previous link provided was for 2.03 which is for Leopard.
     
  17. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Awww, crap, sorry, I missed the Panther part. That would have been important up front. It also explains why the terminal commands didn't work. I'm not sure if any of the methods we've been discussing will work in Panther....

    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/os...-screenshots-command-shift-3-file-format.html

    I'm not sure that the Panther version of Onyx has a feature to let you change this setting.

    You might try digging around for some alternative such as another screen grabbing application besides Grab.app. Skitch is great but it requires Tiger or Leopard. Hmmm.... you'd have to poke around to find something Panther compatible.
     
  18. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    No biggie-- after doing some digging around, the Terminal commands intended to do that appear to be the same in 10.3, 10.4 and 10.5! They (and the other apps tried that probably just use the same) just didn't work on the OP's installation for some reason.:(
     
  19. Avzone thread starter macrumors 6502

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    >>>

    I think to be perfectly honest I NEED to upgrade to 10.5 as Im feeling like a windows user at the moment :rolleyes: well not that bad I guess but feeling left behind, even with the magazines I buy.
    Time for an upgrade, I am just so worried about losing everything again, like my favourites, funny thing is I found a folder earlier with a bunch of old favourites in it, how I done that I dont know ? :confused:
    Leopard here we go >>>

    Thanks again for all your support guys, this forum is proving to be tremendous help to me and my mac learning, I love it when I get everything running properly, once that happens on the mac theres no worries usually.

    I got a screen come up yesterday with all languages on it telling me to shut down my system ?
    Last time I had that it was the start of my hard drive needing to be binned!?
    :(
     
  20. acurafan macrumors 6502a

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    is there a more powerful version of Grab that allow image manipulation right after a screen cap?

    right now i use SnagIT 9.1 on Windows and it's awesome tool - i like to know if there is one for mac.
     
  21. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    What do you have in mind in terms of the sophistication of image manipulation? If you just want basic cropping, resizing, annotating, etc, then there is no better tool than Skitch. It also allows for automated posting of the images onto a website from which they can be hotlinked. Very nice. Only for Mac, though, and only works on Tiger and later.
     

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