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    Clipboard to file feature needed

    Is there an application/method that will allow a graphic saved to the clipboard to be automatically saved as a file.

    I have a couple of programs where the only way of getting the graphics out of them is to copy and paste directly into Word, or something similar, from where I can then save as a picture. But I want them as stand alone graphics files, so it would be convenient to clip to file.

    The copy to clipboard feature is built into the program's, so it isn't just a screen grab, I just want to ha be the option once the graphic is on the clipboard, and preferably automated.

    Can anyone suggest a solution (for Win7).

    Many thanks,

    Graham

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    ClipSa is a very small tool for very quick picture saving. You put some picture into the clipboard (PrintScrn/Alt-PrintScrn/Ctrl-C) and ClipSa saves it to a file. The program supports BMP, JPG and PNG formats. No intermediate programs (Paint, Photo Editor, ACDC, etc.) required.

    The program works both in manual and in automatic mode.
    Manual mode allows you to save a graphic file via standard dialog "Save As".
    In automatic mode, files are saved in the directory specified in settings. The parameters (a graphic file format, file name pattern) is also configured.

    I just tested this program in Windows 7 and it seems to work fine. I only tried the manual mode but the automatic mode looks easy enough to set up.

    Bruce
    Last edited by BruceR; 2012-10-20 at 12:15.

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    Thanks Bruce, that looks like exactly what I was looking for except it only works with raster formats, I was hoping for something to work with WMF.

    However, this is still a massive step forward from where I am, and a bitmap option will be OK a lot of the time.

    Cheers,

    Graham

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    Myotis,

    You might take a look at Clipcashe. I have used it for 20 years. Extremely powerful clipboard extention. Enjoy. Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by jambo313 View Post
    Myotis,

    You might take a look at Clipcashe. I have used it for 20 years. Extremely powerful clipboard extention. Enjoy. Jim

    http://www.xrayz.co.uk/
    Actually, so have I, but I can't see any way of saving as a file, I can clip to ClipCache and then save, which is reasonable work around.

    But it has a problem in that the program generates. WMF files and ClipCache saves as EMFs, which introduces weird positioning and font issues.

    Clipsa works well, but still stuck with Bitmaps.

    Thanks for the suggestion though, ClipCache is really useful program.

    Cheers,

    Graham

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    Windows 7 has a built-in tool called Snipping Tool that I use all the time. You just drag the cursor around the part of the screen you want to capture and you can then save the clip as a .jpg file.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacman10 View Post
    Windows 7 has a built-in tool called Snipping Tool that I use all the time. You just drag the cursor around the part of the screen you want to capture and you can then save the clip as a .jpg file.
    Thanks, I didn't know that, but in fact I have a third party screen capture program that I could do this with. The two problems are that I still want a vector graphic, and when you are producing dozens of graphs to go into a report, selecting each one and making sure you select "exactly" the same are in each one so they look the same in the report is more work than I want.

    But useful to know that a tool is built in for selective screen capture.

    Thanks,

    Graham

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    Cool Another option -- FastStone Capture

    Hi. I've recently started using a utility called FastStone Capture. You can capture the whole screen or just a portion, using a single press of the PrtScrn button (or whatever hot key you want). Up pops an editor that lets you crop (or not) and save the image as one of several file types (including PDF), but the older, free version I have does not support WMF. Could be the newer (paid) version does. I also used to use a freeware program called PrintKey, which also has a paid version. Easy to use either one, and relatively lightweight (low resources needed), but they don't support WMF.

    HTH. Best wishes.

    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbsteinbach View Post
    Hi. I've recently started using a utility called FastStone Capture.

    Rob
    Thanks Rob, but I'm not looking for a screen capture program, I have a screen capture program and indeed have used FastStone in the past, but it isn't what I am looking for here.

    Cheers,

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    Hi, I have used Printkey 2000 for many years, including the pre 2000 version. I also run Windows 7 and it works just fine. It does support wmf saving option and is almost automatic. Just configure print screen key and set your capture window. Tell it to save and it goes to your predesignated folder in your predesignated format.
    Here is a link to it's availability. http://www.oldversion.com/PrintKey-2000.htmlor just Google it. Good Luck John

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmerJohn View Post
    Hi, I have used Printkey 2000 for many years, including the pre 2000 version.
    Thanks, but as I have said a few times now, I'm not looking for a screen capture program. Clipsa, as suggested in the first reply, does what I want, except it only works with raster images.

    Cheers,

    Graham

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacman10 View Post
    Windows 7 has a built-in tool called Snipping Tool that I use all the time. You just drag the cursor around the part of the screen you want to capture and you can then save the clip as a .jpg file.
    Snipping Tool is perhaps the most useful tool Microsoft has included with Windows in years.

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    Don't know if this will work for you, but it works fine for me (with a small glitch): The Win XP CLIPBRD.EXE (the ClipBook Viewer), if you have access to the executable from an old XP install CD: Drop it into System32, then make a shortcut that invokes it, and has XP compatibility mode enabled. From the ClipBook Viewer, you can save a .CLP file that can be re-imported with the data intact, to paste at will wherever legal. The glitch: when you launch it, you'll first get an error DB that says "The procedure entry point GetFileVersionInfoExW could not be located in the dynamic link library VERSION.dll." Dismiss this, and it seems to run fine. It has all the usual stuff on the menu bar. You might have to get the .HLP file from XP, if you want the detailed help, and then you need the add-on that M$ provides, to allow XP .HLPs to be read in Vista & newer. Why M$ removed it from the O/S, I have no idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bachware View Post
    Don't know if this will work for you, but it works fine for me (with a small glitch): The Win XP CLIPBRD.EXE (the ClipBook Viewer), if you have access to the executable from an old XP install CD: Drop it into System32, then make a shortcut that invokes it, and has XP compatibility mode enabled. From the ClipBook Viewer, you can save a .CLP file that can be re-imported with the data intact, to paste at will wherever legal.
    Thanks, but I don't want to paste anything anywhere, copying and pasting isn't a problem.

    Cheers,

    Graham

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