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    Screen Capture Utility

    The current e-mail newsletter from Tudogs has a neat little screen capture utility called MWSnap. You can bypass Tudogs and get the utility directly from here.

    I've downloaded the exe file and went through the install routine. It's very small and installation is a breeze. It comes in several national flavors and includes an Uninstall routine in it's progran group.

    I've used several different screen capture utilities in the past, but this one seems to do everything I require and is simpler to use than the others. You can capture full screen or draw a rectangle on the screen and get just what you want. Click Save As and you'll have several file types to choose from, including png.

    And best of all, it's <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>
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    Re: Screen Capture Utility

    Thanks for posting this. I've used Screen Seize from PC Magazine (no longer available free) & WinGrab1.34a, but I'd like to give this a try.

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    Re: Screen Capture Utility

    Thanks Ricky, this one will be very useful and definitely a time saver.

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    Re: Screen Capture Utility

    I've used this for quite a while. It is pretty good - easy to use, doesn't appear to create any system problems. Not updated often if that is any concern.

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    Re: Screen Capture Utility

    I'd be more concerned if it was updated frequently - that usually means lots of bug fixes, or added (unnecessary) features! Office 2003, for example?
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    Re: Screen Capture Utility

    For those of you that may already have a copy of IrfanView, there is a great capture feature already built-in, including capture of the cursor.
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    Re: Screen Capture Utility

    IrfanView is certainly a four-star app, but I have always felt the user interface was a bit clunky. Still, for the price...
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    Re: Screen Capture Utility

    There's a fair rundown on various screen capture utilities that people use in <!post=this thread,244039>this thread<!/post>.

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    Re: Screen Capture Utility

    Hi Ricky, Thanks for the info on MWSnap. I just downloaded it and will give it a try. In the past I have used many screen capture utilities with various levels of success/satisfaction. The only one that I ever found to do everything I needed was SnagIt from TechSmith. You can go to this link to download the trial version, http://www.techsmith.com/products/snagit/default.asp. The full version is $39.95, a little steep but I have found it very useful in everything I have needed to do. <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21>
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    Re: Screen Capture Utility

    I've used quite a few also, but have developed a rather greedy wish list, that hasn't yet been satisfied by any one (or combination) of those I've seen. Maybe someone knows of one that can do these things (in addition to the "usual" features):

    o Draw a draggable and sizeable capture rectangle on the screen.
    o Show a magnified view of the area around the cursor, for accurate positioning down to pixel level.
    o Enable post-capture processing, including annotations, arrows and masking to circle, ellipse, star & other shapes.
    o Allow automatic save to file, ready for posting to the lounge etc.
    o Show or hide the cursor
    o Allow capture of opened dropdown menus etc.

    I'm sure there's more <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> but that'll do for starters.

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    Re: Screen Capture Utility

    Hardcopy does most of those (plus more) with the following provisos:

    Cursor - will not capture it but allows you to add a selection, such as arrows, pointing hands etc, in four different sizes.

    Saving - remembers the last format and folder. I always save as "c:x.gif" as this recycles drive space and means I can select the correct attachment without thinking!
    (It does have an automatic screen capture mode to allow a sequence of images to be snapped'n'saved.)

    It does take a little bit of getting used to, but once mastered I think you will find it very useful. The trial version is free, and the registered version (which if I remember correctly allows the full range of formats to be saved) costs around US$15.
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    Re: Screen Capture Utility

    I have HardCopy 12.3.1 and like it. along with several others. But it does lack the magnified cursor region of EyeDropper. None of those I've seen though, will draw a capture outline then let you size it, position it then snap it. For my usage, this would be really useful.

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    Re: Screen Capture Utility

    Actually Alan, SnagIt will take care of all of the items on your list. First, SnagIt Input Capture allows for draggable/sizeable capture mode (choices are Free Hand, Ellipse, Rounded Rectangle, Triangle or Polygon). Second, it has a feature called Studio where you can do Post-capture processing. Third, it allows the following options as far as output goes - Printer, Clipboard, File (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PCX, PNG, TGA, and TIF), Send Mail (as an attachment), Catalog (you can create a Capture Catalog area which makes it easier when you are doing a lot of screen capture work), Web (outputs capture image to a specified internet destination), and Studio (as mentioned). Fourth, Capture option exists to include/exclude cursor. Finally, it allows for the Capture of Menus.

    Maybe you should check this one out <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15> .
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    Re: Screen Capture Utility

    To add to MM's list....
    The Snagit feature I appreciate the most is the ability to scroll the capture beyond the initial visual window.

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    Re: Screen Capture Utility

    Thanks for that info. I will certainly check it out, but when I looked at the "tour" on the website, I didn't see mention of being able to drag & size the capture shape. Just to be sure <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> would the following scenario be possible?:

    Drag out a rectangle near top left of screen.
    Grab that rectangle and relocate it near centre of screen.
    Grab an edge or corner of that rectangle and resize it.
    Finally, do the actual capture after everything is sized and positioned correctly.

    If it can do that, along with showing a pixelated view of exactly what I'm snapping, I'll buy one!

    Alan

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