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From time to time you may be asked to submit a screenshot of the problem that you are seeing.
Screenshots are usually displayed by the Forum software as pictures within your text. However, just pasting a screenshot
into your text won’t work. Instead, you upload a picture file as an attachment to your text, but it will be shown graphically.
- how you can take a screenshot using tools built into your computer’s operating system or with special utilities
- how to use the screenshot by uploading it to the Logos forum
Taking a Screenshot
- OS X has screen capture keyboard shortcuts Shift + Control + Command + 3 (or 4) copies screen image (or selected portion) to clipboard. Alternative is using Grab utility to capture Window, Selection, Screen, OR Timed Screen. Then copy screen capture to clipboard. An O’Reilly webpage has screen capture examples.
- Open (or switch to) Preview application. Preview has several graphical editing capabilities – including annotating, cropping, and rotating.
- File Menu => New from Clipboard
- File Menu => Save As
- Save image in PNG format for Forum posting or use JPG format for Wiki pages
- Remember where file saved (along with name) – forum editor has paper clip for attaching file. Wiki page has Upload Image Both have “choose file” to specify saved file.
- Find the “PrintScreen” key on your keyboard (the key may be labelled PrtSc/PrntScr). Press Alt + PrtSc to put a copy of the active window in the clipboard buffer.
- Then open Microsoft Paint, or some other graphics editor.
- In the menu click EDIT>PASTE to paste the contents of the clipboard to your new graphic.
- Choose FILE>>SAVE AS
- Save the file with a meaningful name as a JPG, GIF or PNG file (not BMP/Bitmap as they are too large).
- Remember where you save the file.
Windows 7/8, Vista, and Experience Pack for Windows XP Tablet include a program called Snipping tool. Loading it automatically gives you a “cross hairs” so you can select the area of your screen to grab along with basic editing ability.
Many forum users are using Jing (http://www.jingproject.com/) to make the captures. The free version will do both image and video captures of specific areas of your screen. You can then do minor edits if necessary. You can then upload to the free webspace they provide or save the capture locally on your computer.
Originally intended as a free replacement for the Microsoft Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple image and photo editor tool.
GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything, including advanced scripting.
Using a Screenshot
Uploading Screenshot to the Forum
- Hit reply to respond to a message (or create a new message). You can’t upload screenshots using Quick Reply.
- Locate the paperclip icon and click it
- This will bring up the attachment dialog
- Click Browse to locate your image, adust the Max width and height if you want to change scaling (not normally necessary).
- click INSERT.