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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Joerg, May 14, 2013.

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  1. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Hi Folks,

    This week I'll have to do a ton of PrintScreen copies because the
    software I am using doesn't have much in terms of graphical storage
    functions. So far the drill is:

    1. CTRL-PrintScreen
    2. Click into graphics software window
    3. Paste into a graphics software
    4. File -> Save As
    5. Type name (usually doesn't have auto-increment)
    6. Go back to application

    Needless to say this costs a lot of time if it has to be 100-200 times
    in a row.

    There are lots of programs that do PrintScreen to file but hard to say
    which ones are really robust. I need one for XP and if it had an
    auto-increment function plus true bitmap storage that would be great. It
    doesn't have to be free, but good and of course virus-free.
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  3. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

  4. Guest

    scroll or search for InterceptCaptureScreen.exe
    I tried it, it worked

  5. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Just tried it. Muy excellente! It doesn't have auto-increment but it
    does do time-stamping which works just as well.
  6. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Thanks, probably just something stuck in the backbones out here. Anyhow,
    I loaded Jim's suggestion and it works perfectly.
  7. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    I have one I wrote, it's on my site. I use it for stealing icons
    (images) from websites or where is on the screen.. It has a cropping
    feature so you'll get what you want, not the whole screen, but you can
    take the whole screen if you wish.
    It sits on the task bar so all you do is click it and it makes a snap
    shot of what you have in full screen, you select what you need then
    process it.

    I could always be a nice guy and make one that auto increments for
    you :)
    It's been a while since i've looked at it and I don't remember if I
    made a auto increment file name or not? But it could be done very

    I just checked, it does have auto increment for file save.

    There is no installer, just put it in a folder where you are allowed
    to write in.

  8. Martin Brown

    Martin Brown Guest

    Not a recommendation for a printscreen to file, but a suggestion for a
    much better workflow that will make your life more bearable.


    This is for Paintshop Pro and gives files called Image1,Image2....
    Syntax for IrFanview (recommended free image program) is same but the
    latter does not autosave by default.

    Repeat ad nauseam and the imaging application should automatically
    increment the file number for you. Then when you are done save all files
    automatically (some programs will offer to do this for you when you try
    to exit but check with a small number of open files first!).

    Also this way you can save them all as lossless compressed PNG or
    something equally compact rather than as bloated Dozey BMP

    The exact paste-as-new-image magic key chord varies between application
    slightly but is usually CTRL-v or CTRL-V or SHIFT-Insert

    If you are any good at all at typing this is all pretty quick.
  9. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Thanks, Jamie, that is very kind. But I've got a solution using the same
    SW as Jim. Nice thing is you can re-configure it fast via the Windows
    tool bar if you need the copy action to change.

    No auto-increment but time stamps. Meaning a little more scribbling on
    the note pad and, unfortunately, the Windows desktop shows only hours
    and minutes but not seconds.
  10. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    I'll try PNG one more time today. PNG works great for CAD here but in
    screen shots I saw degradation. The BMP file will only be there for a
    couple of days, then they either get converted, pulled into reports, or
    deleted. Less than 2MB per file.
  11. Martin Brown

    Martin Brown Guest

    What is probably happening is that you have PNG set to save images as
    paletised 8bit (256 colour) images (great for PCBs and schematics).

    This can play havoc with fancy pastel shaded GUIs on modern displays.
    There should be an option for 24bit RGB PNG saving somewhere. Also most
    all quantisers are exceptionally dumb about images where there are less
    than 256 colours to begin with.

    I tripped over a similar problem with bad quantisers last month
    generating some demonstration test piece images. I went around the loop
    twice because I could not believe my eyes when I did it the first time!
  12. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Jim, how do you make that dreaded "Exported to: ..." Windows blurb not
    show up?
  13. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Aha, thanks. That was it, turned off "notifications" and the blurb is gone.

    XP here as well. Last known good Windows-OS.
  14. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Notification is very practical. But I'll never understand why
    programmers make them permanent. It would be so much better if they show
    up for 2-3 seconds and then vanish.
  15. Martin Brown

    Martin Brown Guest

    It's because they are quite often egotistical megalomaniacs.
    Believe me - managing a large team of programmers is like herding cats.

    My useless info message is far more important than anything else and the
    entire machine must freeze stone dead until you acknowledge it.
    (and I am only partly joking here - I have seen it happen!)

    It isn't that uncommon even today to get a hidden "helpful" info message
    that locks up a web browser more or less completely.
  16. Martin Brown

    Martin Brown Guest

    Not quite. Win7 pro 64bit is much better for big problems and you get an
    XP virtual machine sub licence. You might also want to harvest the
    license keys from any XP machines you own for future use before
    scrapping old hardware. Waste not want not and XP is quite good.

    I'd suggest getting a Win7 copy while you still can as an investment.

    Win8 is worth avoiding until they sort it out for desktop use.
    Certainly there is a lot of scientific instrumentation that will not run
    on anything more recent and will have to be totally isolated from
    corporate LANs when MS finally do stop doing security updates for it.

    I think MS is probably determined to kill XP this time round if only to
    spite all the users that have been spitting on the grave of Win8.

    The release of Win8 and associated hype has catalysed some recalcitrant
    corporates to finally upgrade to Win7 while they still can!

    Even numbered 'Doze versions are best avoided Vista was never much cop.
  17. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Well, the folks that did this screen print software must be very good

    The worst so far was Mnenhy, the routine that supposedly makes these
    dreaded links to Usent posts functional (but didn't work). Even after
    uninstalling I found it had royally screwed up Thunderbird. Since then I
    can no longer print emails without a big fat source header. The display
    is also messed up, big time.
  18. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Would not surprise me one bit. Except maybe (to some extent) Win7 MS
    appears to have screwed up all OS'es after XP. I will absolutely
    positively not buy a machine with Win8 on there.

    They should stop chasing Apple and become innovative again.
  19. Martin Brown

    Martin Brown Guest

    &View &Headers &Normal

    Ought to cure that. Thanks though - saves me trying that.
    I still haven't found a decent regex parser for Thunderbird.
    It is the only thing I *really* miss from good old Turnpike.
  20. Martin Brown

    Martin Brown Guest

    They (and Apple) are running scared of Android. I bought a toy Android
    7" tablet to give my parents as an oversized Skype smartphone. It was
    only £55 and actually worked a heck of a lot better than I expected.

    So good in fact that it was up to the task! I had only bought it as a
    sacrificial toy to figure out if the idea was likely to be workable
    expecting to have to pay real money for something that would work...

    There are some real lemons out there but some gems as well.
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