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When I want to take a screen shot of a window in -- for example -- Safari, the graphic shows up on the desktop as a .pdf file. Is there a way to specify the format in which screen shot are to be saved? I want to save them in jpg or other commonly editable format such than I can copy and paste it in doents. I know I can use conversion and graphic editing programs to save a copy of the graphic as something other than .pdf, but it would be nice to not have to do this step... ...

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    Default Saving screen shot in JPG format?

    When I want to take a screen shot of a window in -- for example -- Safari,
    the graphic shows up on the desktop as a .pdf file.

    Is there a way to specify the format in which screen shot are to be saved? I
    want to save them in jpg or other commonly editable format such than I can
    copy and paste it in doents.

    I know I can use conversion and graphic editing programs to save a copy of
    the graphic as something other than .pdf, but it would be nice to not have to
    do this step...

    Thanks,
    --
    Dave C
    com

    DaveC Guest

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    DaveC <com> wrote:
     

    Use Grabber in n/applications/Utilities. It will save up in TIFF. Prview
    will the be able to change them to jpeg or gif ...


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    Ludovic Guest

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    On Sat, 27 Sep 2003 0:41:31 -0400, DaveC wrote
    (in message <individual.net>):
     

    if you're using 10.1.x then use tinkertool to change the default. If
    you're using 10.2.x then you're out of luck.

    --
    J Brady

    Jonathan Guest

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    In article <individual.net>,
    DaveC <com> wrote: 

    You answered your own question already (use a convertor tool after the
    fact), but I think it's worth making the observation that you probably
    shouldn't be using JPEG for desktop snapshots. JPEG is lossy and designed to
    work with photographic images. If you use it on computer-displays, with
    their large quantities of text and what is essentially line-art (window
    decorations), then not only will the compression be poor, the image will
    also suffer obvious degredation due to the nature of the JPEG transforms.

    I've lost count of the number of times I've received doents which contain
    line diagrams where the image has that characteristic fuzzyness all around
    the lines, and the file size is huge because the author used JPEG without
    thinking, and ended up making the thing much larger than if they'd used PNG,
    or even LZW compressed TIFF.

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    Chris Guest

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    Entity DaveC spoke thus:
     
    That's stupid, huh?
     
    No, not if you use Apple's default method. And Chris is right about JPEG
    format compression. I use PNG format, it's best for continuous colors.
     
    Then you need what I'm using, SnapClip:
    http://www.pixture.com/macosx.php

    You can set a wide variety of output formats and hotkeys, etc. For me the
    CMD-shift-* combination sets a dragable grid and the 3rd click snaps the
    box. I set the output to PNG and the filename to date/time. Plus the screen
    makes a cool color combo when snapping the shot.

    -- Gnarlie
    http://www.Gnarlodious.com/Cogent/Cogent.html

    Gnarlodious Guest

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    In article <individual.net>,
    DaveC <com> wrote:
     

    Check out SnapNDrag. Very handy and easy to use.

    http://www.yellowmug.com/snapndrag/
    David Guest

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    On Sat, 27 Sep 2003 6:16:10 -0700, Gnarlodious wrote
    (in message <teranews.com>):
     

    Thanks! It looks very cool, indeed.
    --
    Dave C
    com

    DaveC Guest

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    >Is there a way to specify the format in which screen shot are to be saved?

    Not without a third-party program.
     

    No! Don't do this!

    JPEG is lossy and is inappropriate for images containing hard edges or text,
    such as screen shots. Learn to use other image formats.



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    Tacit Guest

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    > Use Grabber in n/applications/Utilities. It will save up in TIFF. Prview 


    For a one step solution, try SnapNDrag, a freeware that I wrote. It's
    available here:

    http://www.yellowmug.com/

    or direct download here:

    http://www.yellowmug.com/download/SnapnDrag.dmg

    It lets you output in JPEG (selectable quality), PNG or TIFF.

    -Jay
    Jay Guest

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