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    Windows Macros

    Hi,

    This may be the wrong forum for this - and it may not even be an answerable question, but here goes.

    Our company works with a new, proprietary program that contains customer information. We can't "scrape" the information to send as plain text in e-mails. We only have two options: type out the information laboriously, or do a screen snap directly into an e-mail (or as an attachment in a blank Word document) and send it to the recipient. Due to the nature of our business, we do lots of these e-mails a day. Screen snaps are bitmaps, which are big files, and the e-mails take a long time to open on our e-mail server.

    What I'd like to do is have some sort of a small macro (or program) which would allow you to:

    A. Get the screen snap (via Alt Print Screen)
    B. Open it in Paint and then immediately save the bitmap as a jpeg.
    C. Copy the jpeg to the desktop (or copy it into the body of a new, blank e-mail).

    Then we could send the jpegs back and forth (and not go through these steps to create them each time) allowing for faster sending of the e-mails.

    Is this a pipe dream? Is this a visual basic or some other type of program?

    Thanks for any ideas!

    John

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    Re: Windows Macros

    At the risk of asking a <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15> question, what is it that keeps you from "scraping" the information?
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    Re: Windows Macros

    You will get a nicer result saving as a PNG or GIF than as JPEG if there are large areas of a few solid colors.

    There are command-line image conversion programs, although I don't use any. The well-regarded Irfanview, which is free for home use but presumably available for business use for a small fee, can do command-line conversions. The http://www.irfanview.com/ site appears to be down, but I found a snippet of help text here that explains the method.

    A couple clicks from a web search turned up SmartConverter, which has a command-line version. You'll probably find that you have too many choices!!

    On third thought, maybe one of the PrintScreen replacements is your better bet. On the Software Finds and Wants board, these have been discussed in the past. I don't know which save in which formats... Good luck!

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    Re: Windows Macros

    Hi John

    Try Snagit. If it works for you, it's probably worth the $40 US to register.

    Capture the image, including scrolling if necessary.
    Save As one of many formats available.
    Send to your email software.
    etc.

    Have a Great day!!!
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    Re: Windows Macros

    Hardcopy should do what you need.
    You can set the default grahic type (e.g. .jpg) for emails, then with it running:

    1] Hit PrntScreen and draw round the area of screen you wish to grab.
    2] File > Mail

    and a new email opens with the image as an attachment.

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    Re: Windows Macros

    Freeware PrintScreen will save in a wide range of formats and is quite configurable. AutoIt is also freeware and can cover a fair number of additional keyboard shortcuts as well as switching between windows. This may save some additional time.
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    Re: Windows Macros

    Thanks to everybody for the suggestions; I'll try them all out and see what works best.

    As to why we can't scrape the information - I'm closer to the end user part of the spectrum than the developer part. I have been assured by the program gurus that this is not available in the short (or medium) term. I'm also learning of the joys of working with version 1.0 of a complex piece of software!

    Thanks again for the help!

    John

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    Re: Windows Macros

    <hr>learning of the joys of working with version 1.0 of a complex piece of software<hr>
    Sucks, doesn't it?
    -Mark

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