Download of the Week: Greenshot

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bingojubes

I use Hypersnap, especially for pc specs, since alot of game forums require them forhelp, and its a pain to TYPE it out every time, so i just take menu/window shots and then upload them to sites like photobucket. i havent tried the snipping tool yet, myself.

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titan8813

I just use the Windows 7 Snipping Tool.  Takes just a second to start up and has served my needs very well.  But definitely keep the suggestions coming!

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whr4usa

I was also going to mention this

fell in love with SnipIt in Vista!

SnipIt + original Paint.NET or GIMPShop + Windows Live & Windows 7 multiMedia components == amazing

when ingame amazing == xfire 

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Taz0

Just what I was about to suggest. Also, Alt+PrtScr is pretty useful.

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Mighty BOB!

^ This guy knows.  Alt+PrtScr.  Of course simple clipboard and screenshot apps have more functions, but I don't really need them.

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Belboz99

 Always use .png as the file format when taking screenshots.   JPEG has a way of blending nearby pixels, thus a nice bright red font such as on Max PC becomes dull brick red, and it looses it's crispness and sharpness.

 

As an added bonus, PNG can take less space, depending on how many colors are used and how much "detail" is in the image.   For example, a screenshot of terminal window can weigh under 10KB without an issue.

 

As an Aside, Ubuntu and most other Linux distro's ship with far better screenshot capabilities than any version of Windows. :P

 

 

Edit: Check out the difference between these two screenshots:

 

PNG: http://tinyurl.com/37yx5jy

JPG: http://tinyurl.com/2u3hax6 

 Especially watch the red colored "New". 

 

Dan O. 

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sicyo

That all depends on the quality of the jpeg, Dan.

 

http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/1671/testxt.jpg 

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Peanut Fox

The PNG looks better than either of the two JPEG shots by a good margin in image quality speak.  The degree of difference you can see may lie in the monitor you view it on.

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Belboz99

And I would argue that your JPEG still looks far inferior quality to my PNG any day of the week.  Open them up in seperate tabs, then flip between them, you're blind if you can't see the difference.   (Though being a photographer and having 3 years experience as a photo lab manager my eyes may just be tuned to such things. :P)

 

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BTW, my 44KB image defeats you're lesser quality 213KB image  on file size alone!

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Mighty BOB!

It depends on what you're going to use it for.  If it's just a quick screenshot to show someone what menu button to click while you're helping them with something, then it doesn't really matter.  Of course if you're showing off your photography portfolio, then yes you definitely want something that doesn't have a lot of nasty lossy compression artifacts.

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Belboz99

Actually, it's just the inverse...

 

JPG is ideal for photos, PNG is ideal for screenshots and other rendered graphics.   You wouldn't want to post a photo you took on your vacation in PNG because the file size would be enormous.   Similary, you wouldn't want to post a graphic such as a screenshot or button for a website in JPEG because the compression wasn't meant for graphics, it was meant for photos.

 
It's about using the right tool for the right job, don't use a screwdriver to pound a nail, and don't use a hammer to drive a screw!

 

Dan O. 

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