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    graphic images (Word 2000/97)

    Hi,

    I am creating a user guide which has lots of images in it (screenshots, menus, dialog boxes etc). The powers that be require the images to very small yet remain clear. Unfortunately, I have found that the quality of the images is not great (anything reduced under 90% is barely legible). I need software that can reduce the image size and yet retain the quality. Any ideas from your past experiences? I am currently using SnagIt to capture the image and pasting them into Word. I am sure there is something out there which can do the job.

    Thanks in advance. Hopefully, this question is in the right forum.

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    Re: graphic images (Word 2000/97)

    Readability will be a problem if you reduce too much. The result may be slightly better if you reduce to 75% (3/4), 67% (2/3) or 50% (1/2) of the original size instead of an arbitrary percentage such as 79%.

    Instead of reducing large images in size, you might consider including pictures of only part of the screen, with only the relevant part shown.

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    Re: graphic images (Word 2000/97)

    Hi Robie,

    How will your resulting document be distributed? Hardcopy? Online via PDF? I have found that images which display poorly can still print well...if even print quality is poor, there may be some setting in SnagIt (which I know little about) that may need adjustment.

    I often use the humble Alt+Print Screen keyboard shortcut and then crop the image in Word. I've had good results, even if I have to reduce to 50%...

    HTH,
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    Re: graphic images (Word 2000/97)

    Due to the limitations of screen resolution, anything other than one-pixel-of-image-per-one-pixel-of-display (100%) will look terrible. As noted above, the higher resolution of printers gives you MUCH more flexibility with your printed output than your screen output. I usually just let Word squeeze the image: right-click, Format Picture (if this option is missing, e.g., in a table, use the Format menu), Size, then the appropriate percentage (always maintaining the original aspect ratio).

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    Re: graphic images (Word 2000/97)

    <hr>I need software that can reduce the image size and yet retain the quality. <hr>
    Other than the good suggestions already made here, there are several <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> programs that have a more sophistocated "resample" function (as well as the usual "resize") which might help in retaining the sharpness/ readability of your images. They also come with a multitude of filters to play around with, which can also help with readability.

    One such beast is IrfanView. Another is XnView.

    Alan

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    Re: graphic images (Word 2000/97)

    Thank you very much. Such a quick response. I shall try out your suggestions and see how it goes.

    My guide is required for printing as well as online (non-PDF at the moment). Therefore images need to be sharp for both (online & printed.)

    Robie
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