Screen shots save as .pdf????

Amphersand

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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.
 

Amphersand

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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.
 

zarathustra

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Amphersand said:
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.
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.
 

annk

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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 :)
 

PatrickF

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zarathustra said:
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.
I believe 10.3 saved as PDF. It wasn't until 10.4 that they changed the format to PNG.
 

annk

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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.
 

PatrickF

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annk said:
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.
Absolutely, it's quite handy that Preview can change formats.
 

swingerofbirch

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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.
 

WildCowboy

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swingerofbirch said:
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!
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.
 

blodwyn

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Amphersand said:
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.
Or use ChangeCapture. Doesn't get much easier than that.