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26876  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: LATEST MiniCap VERSION INFO THREAD - v1.02.04 - January 24, 2006 on: January 24, 2006, 07:52:51 PM
yes, actually i can add a custom datetime format system i think that should let you do all you want with customizing date+time; ill up it tonight.
26877  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: ISSUEs- Pictures Become Pixelated after Adding border to rpevious image and ... on: January 24, 2006, 06:49:06 PM
should be fixed in latest version which has now been uploaded now (2.10.01); let me know if you see it again.
26878  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: commandline screenshot options on: January 24, 2006, 06:47:47 PM
minicap is now available for betatesting (see post at top of section).
26879  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Problem with V2.09.09 - vertitcal color bars corrupt image on: January 24, 2006, 06:45:02 PM
should be fixed in the latest update.
26880  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Text of options is cut (not all is showing). on: January 24, 2006, 06:20:53 PM
im looking over the bug reports + feature requests you're filing, they are excellent - keep it up; i think version 2 will implement most.  great to have more ideas.

as far posting on forum+bugtracker.. its a judgement call.. if its something you think could benefit from discussion and debate, then by all means post on forum as well.  it can never hurt to post in both places, but if its something you really want, posting in bugtracker is best way to insure that i make a hard decision about whether to implement or not.  that's the nice thing about the bug tracker is it keeps things from falling by the wayside.
26881  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CLIPBOARD HELP+SPELL LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - v2.23.01 - Nov 22, 2013 on: January 24, 2006, 04:27:07 PM
interesting idea - you just mean an easy way to edit text of clip inside another text editor.
this would be something that would again be easy if we used external pure text files for clip text..
i could add a function that saved text in a temp file, launched an external editor on it, and then monitored for changes to the file and update the clip, though it sounds a little messy.
26882  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Text of options is cut (not all is showing). on: January 24, 2006, 04:23:59 PM
ill just echo what nontroppo said - it really helps me a lot when bugs are entered in the bug tracker - makes it a LOT easier for me to remember them and motivates their fixing.  i always start with the bug tracker list first when working on a program update smiley
26883  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: clipboard enhancements on: January 24, 2006, 04:21:56 PM
yeah, let me look into this, it would be a good idea to start using such a method.
26884  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: What are characteristics of programs most likely to interfere with SC? on: January 24, 2006, 04:19:15 PM
can you tell me what mode you are using to capture? is it the mode with the red box, when you capture a windows objet my moving the red box around it and then hitting control+click?

do the normal whole screen capture modes work ok?

are we only talking about scrolling captures, or what?
26885  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CLIPBOARD HELP+SPELL LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - v2.23.01 - Nov 22, 2013 on: January 24, 2006, 11:53:18 AM
yeah i have same feeling as you for images and for manually created clips (which probably are never going to be > 1000 or so) - it would be quite convenient if these were simply stored as plain files and not in a database, and better for manipulation outside the program.
26886  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: clipboard enhancements on: January 24, 2006, 11:50:44 AM
i'm guilty of not adding enough keyboard shortcuts to my programs until prodded, since i never use them myself.  i'm happy to set them up for any functions people want, just give me some suggestions for what hotkeys to use, first come first serve.
26887  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CLIPBOARD HELP+SPELL LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - v2.23.01 - Nov 22, 2013 on: January 24, 2006, 11:34:22 AM
a hybrid approach might in fact do some of the things kfitting has advocated for - allow the program to basically treat each node as an entity that could be a different database, or a text file, etc.  which might be a nice solution if the details could be worked out without it getting too complicated.
26888  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CLIPBOARD HELP+SPELL LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - v2.23.01 - Nov 22, 2013 on: January 24, 2006, 11:31:55 AM
i'm going to fix the multiple instance bug this week as well - thanks for reminding me, that is a doozy.

as for storing data in text files - i have the same preference as you, and that is what i've been internally debating about the future of chs.  using database has some real advantages in terms of speed working with a large collection, but the advantages of using normal files is quite significant in terms of flexible and traditional file access.  i've not been overly thrilled with the database approach.   we've discussed before the possibility of some kind of hybrid, and it's something i'm considering.  you really don't want 20,000 files holding 10 bytes each, that just won't do.  so some kind of solution other than one file one clip has to be figured out for holding huge numbers of small clips, when dealing with the clipboard..

i'm still struggling with this issue in my head.  it's been made a little easier recently since i've done a lot of work on a new hierarchical node management gui for the upcoming programs contextmenu commander and launchbar commander (launchbar commander should be out in a week btw), and so i'm leaning torwards a more flexible non-database approach to the hierarchical management of information.  we can talk more about this issues, it might help refine my thinking on it.
26889  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / MinCap - New Screenshot Application Available for Beta Testing - Jan 24, 2006 on: January 24, 2006, 07:35:56 AM
MiniCap is a screenshot taking application built on the same technology as Screenshot Captor, but specialized for commandline use, or simple interactive screenshot grabbing.

Now available for beta testing.  More Info Here:
26890  News and Reviews / Best Website Change Monitoring Tool / Re: compared with Check and Get on: January 24, 2006, 07:28:54 AM
we had a 2nd discount period of website watcher that ended in december.. if martin is feeling in a good mood he might do another sometime in the future, but probably won't be for a while.

if it's any help, although wsw is not cheap, it's an incredibly active project, he's always improving it.. as you can tell from my review it's one of my favorite programs.
26891  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / LATEST MiniCap VERSION INFO THREAD - v1.31.01 - Aug 17, 2014 on: January 24, 2006, 07:00:10 AM
MiniCap is a minimal screenshot capture app, with good commandline support, including the ability to launch (and then terminate) apps, capture windows by handle or object name.  

Latest download from MiniCap web page: http://www.donationcoder....Mouser/MiniCap/index.html


v1.31.01 - Aug 17, 2014
  • [BugFix] Region capture sizes were off by one.
  • [MinorFeature] Main window now shows on taskbar (when main window is shown).
  • [MinorFeature] Image dimensions are now shown on main window.
  • [MinorFeature] Selection is cleared after new captures.
  • [BugFix] Image starts out blank if MiniCap launched with no commandline parameters.
  • [Feature] Updated with new scrolling capture code from big brother tool Screenshot Captor.
  • [MinorFeature] Previous foreground window is restored after exit.
  • [Feature] New commandline option to embed (exif) comment in file (gif, png, jpg, pdf, tiff, but not .bmp format).
  • [Feature] New commandline option to not focus a target window when doing a window capture.

v1.28.01 - Nov 29, 2013
  • [MinorFeature] Added -capsound commandline option to play sound after capture.
  • [Major Feature] Updated with latest Screenshot Captor scrolling window capture code.
  • [Feature] Now offering both installer and portable zip downloads; executables and installer are now signed.

v1.25.01 - Nov 13, 2011
  • [MinorFeature] Added -dpi option to set DPI of saved image.

v1.24.01 - Aug 28, 2011
  • [MinorFeature] Updated with current Screenshot Captor semi-transparent window Aero capture abilities
  • [MinorFeature] Better reporting of failure-to-save-file errors.

v1.23.01 - Oct 21, 2010
  • [MinorFeature] The file extension (.exe) is removed from the captured application filename ($fullfilename$)
  • [MinorFeature] You can now use $uniquenum0$ instead of $uniquenum$ if you want to force a counter name always even if not needed to avoid conflict with existing file.

v1.21.01 - 6/7/10
  • [BugFix] The -exit commandline option was not being obeyed if user used -print but didn't save.

v1.20.01 - 5/4/10
  • [Feature] Updated with latest Screenshot Captor capture code.
  • MajorFeature] Completely re-rewritten new method for capturing Aero Glass themed Semi-transparent windows on Vista and Windows 7.  Based on an approach described by Ian Griffiths (http://www.interact-sw.co...g/2007/01/30/recoveralpha), with several tweaks for automatic border detection and improved color handling.  A new options tab ("Windows Capturing") was added to control the various options for it.  Note that by default SC will preserve the entire transparency recovered from the window; this will allow you to composite the screenshot in graphics editing software with it's original semi-transparent regions and effects.  By default SC will attempt to remove the shadow effect imparted by Aero, but you can change this via commandline options.
  • [BugFix] Was refusing to capture certain windows like Google Chrome; errors in capturing are now reported better.

v1.18.01 - 12/25/2009
  • Added commandline options for grayscale and black+white conversion.

v1.17.01 - 12/25/2009
  • Added commandline options for printing.
  • Added print button.
  • Hitting Escape key in main form will now exit.

v1.16.01 - 3/12/2009
  • Added commandline options for resizing

v1.15.01 - 12/08/2008
  • Added commandline option -postrun "commandline" to run a post processing program on the captured image (use $file$ to replace saved image filename in commandline)


v1.14.01 - 10/05/2008
  • Improved capture of non-standard (skinned) windows, for example bblean.
  • Added hotkey Ctrl+U to unselect region.

v1.13.01 - 08/15/2008
  • Added commandline option -captureactivewin which will capture whatever window was last active before triggering minicap.
  • Added grabbing of last active window application name for filename replacement with $appname$
  • Extension is removed from $appname$
  • You can now combine -promptsave with -save to have minicap prompt you to change the filename initialized to that specified with -save

v1.12.01 - 07/30/2008
  • Added commandline option -promptsave to ask user for filename and do a save after capture.
  • Modified behavior so that the -exit commanline parameter will cause an exit after a manual save.

v1.11.01 - 07/24/2008
  • Added new more flexible way to specify custom date text wherever you want in your commandline

v1.10.01 - 07/23/2008
  • Added new capture modes (screen, redbox object, redbox region, traditional region)
  • Remembers last save directory better.
  • Added options to copy images (or saved file path) to clipboard.
  • Added border/shadow option.

v1.08.02 - 07/05/06
  • Fixed lingering issue with ghosted gridlines showing when scrolling capture from IE.


If run on the commandline without any arguments, MiniCap starts up in interactive capture mode (identical to redbox capture mode in screenshot captor); select the object to capture, hit control click, and it will appear in preview.  Hit Save As to save the file.

But the most common way to use the program is with commandline arguments for non interactive capture:

Tells MiniCap to automatically save the captured image using the specified filename, including path, and extension which should include the image format extension of your choice (.jpg, .gif, .pdf, .png, .bmp, .tiff).

You can use certain fields which will be replaced:
$appdir$ - application directory (useful if you want to save snapshot in same directory)
$appname$ - application exe name (without path)
$nicename$ - nice name of application exe (taken from exe resource)
$windowtitle$ - window caption
$uniquenum$ - adds unique number to filename to avoid overwriting existing files (number only added when needed to avoid existing file)
$uniquenum0$ - adds unique number to filename to avoid overwriting existing files (number ALWAYS added)
$datetime$ , $date$ , $time$ - local date/time
$dt:%DATEFORMATSTRING$ - where DATEFORMATSTRING is made up from the following:

  %a   Abbreviated weekday name
  %A   Full weekday name
  %b   Abbreviated month name
  %B   Full month name
  %c   Date and time representation appropriate for locale
  %d   Day of month as decimal number (01 – 31)
  %H   Hour in 24-hour format (00 – 23)
  %I   Hour in 12-hour format (01 – 12)
  %j   Day of year as decimal number (001 – 366)
  %m   Month as decimal number (01 – 12)
  %M   Minute as decimal number (00 – 59)
  %p   Current locale's A.M./P.M. indicator for 12-hour clock
  %S   Second as decimal number (00 – 59)
  %U   Week of year as decimal number, with Sunday as first day of week (00 – 53)
  %w   Weekday as decimal number (0 – 6; Sunday is 0)
  %W   Week of year as decimal number, with Monday as first day of week (00 – 53)
  %x   Date representation for current locale
  %X   Time representation for current locale
  %y   Year without century, as decimal number (00 – 99)
  %Y   Year with century, as decimal number
  %z   Time-zone name
  %Z   Time-zone abbreviation

Tells the app that is run to close after screenshot is taken
If you don't specify -closeapp or -killapp then the app will be left running after the app is launched

Closes app harshly if it won't close by normal request

-sleep #
Sleep # seconds before engaging capture

Capture current screen

Capture entire desktop workspace (all multimonitors if more than one exists)

Automatically capture the application specified by a -run argument

-capturehwnd #
Automatically capture the window with the specified handle number (specified in decimal)

-capturepid #
Automatically capture the main window of the application with the specified process id  (specified in decimal)

-captureregion left top right bottom
Capture screeen region specified

Interactive capture of region (traditional style mode -- locked to current screen of multimonitor)

Interactive capture of region (red box mode)

Interactive capture of object (red box mode)

-captureappbyname "filename.exe"
Find the window of the running exe specified and capture it (specify filename with extension but no path)

Capture last active window

Exit minicap after the screenshot is saved
If you don't specify this then MiniCap will remain open after the capture.

Use scrolling window capture more

Set window to be captured to foreground before capturing

Captures client area of the window, useful when capturing windows which have no borders/titlebar

-run "APPNAME" [args+]
Runs a specific application specified before capturing.
All arguments after appname are passed on the commandline to the app, so -run needs to be the last argument you specify

-runcap "APPNAME" [args+]
Same as calling with -run and automatically adds the following arguments for easy use:
"-closeapp -exit -sleep 3 -captureapp"
Like -run, this needs to be the LAST arguments you specify

runs a program after the image is saved (use $file$ to replace saved image filename in commandline)

-compress #
Set compression quality from 1 to 10 (10 is highest quality and biggest image); default to 8

Copy the image to clipboard after capture

Copy the saved image filename (full path) to clipboard after capture

Add a nice border and shadow to image

Asks user for filename to save immediately after a capture.
If combined with a filename specified using -save "FILENAME" then you will be prompted to save as with the filename pre-filled out.

-resizexp PERCENTAGE
resize x dimension to PERCENTAGE% of its original value (y will be scaled to preserve ratio if no y resize value specified)

-resizeyp PERCENTAGE
resize y dimension to PERCENTAGE% of its original value (x will be scaled to preserve ratio if no x resize value specified)

-resizex WIDTH
resize x dimension to exactly WIDTH pixels (y will be scaled to preserve ratio if no y resize value specified)

-resizey HEIGHT
resize y dimension to exactly HEIGHT pixels (y will be scaled to preserve ratio if no y resize value specified)

print the captured image

show a print preview before printing and allow adjustment of margins, etc.

-setprinter PRINTERNAME
sets a specific printer for printing (to get a list invoke -setprinter list); you can use the full name or a substring

bwo = Black+White (ordered)
bwf = Black+White (floydSteinberg method)
bwt = Black+White (local threshold)
bwt1 = Black+White (global threshold of 128)
bwt2 = Black+White (global threshold of avg pixel)
btw3 = Black+White (global threshold set by entropy)
gray = Grayscale

disables the new aero capture mode even on vista/win7 machines

-aeroborder THRESHOLD
THRESHOLD should be an integer from 0 to 255
if set to 0 then no automatic shadow removal/border trimming will take place, and a larger image with the aero shadow will be captured.
a higher value, like 200, will attempt to clean up the borders and result in small image dimensions by removing bordering pixels with alpha values smaller than that specified.

COLORCOMPONENTVALUE should be an integer from 0 to 255
if you specify 0 you will get a black background when flattening (see below), if 255 then a white background when flattening

flattens the area inside the border so that the image has only 2 levels of transparency -- purely transparent outside the border (see option above), and purely opaque inside the border region.  the -aerocolor parameter specifies the background color to merge transparency with when flattening.

-dpi VALUE
sets the DPI value in the image properties of the saved image (useful when importing images into MS word, printing, etc.

play a capture sound after every capture.

do not switch to target window when capturing specific windows.

-comment "comment string here"
embed (exif) comment in saved file (works on png, jpg, tiff, gif, but not .bmp)

MiniCap.exe -save "C:\screen_$appname$$uniquenum$_$date$.jpg" -closeapp -exit -sleep 4 -capturerunapp -run "C:\Program Files\Macromedia\FlashPlayer.exe" "C:\MyMovie.swf"

MiniCap.exe -capturerunapp -exit -save "D:\desktop.png" -sleep 5 -closeapp -exit -run "C:\WINDOWS\system32\notepad.exe" "C:\WINDOWS\test.txt"

-save "E:\test.jpg" -runcap "C:\WINDOWS\system32\notepad.exe" "C:\WINDOWS\test.txt"

look forward to hearing your feedback!
26892  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: caffeine free week - who wants to join me? on: January 24, 2006, 02:30:37 AM
i have to say i'm feeling a bit "calmer" and less distracted.
26893  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DIY Projector Project - Pre-Pre-Planning stage on: January 24, 2006, 01:32:20 AM
and you can always use it to heat your house in the winter.
26894  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: commandline screenshot options on: January 23, 2006, 11:28:31 PM
wow.. that's a lot of money for something like that.
i would wait for minicap this week, and keep looking.
26895  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: commandline screenshot options on: January 23, 2006, 10:44:01 PM
i think it would almost certainly be more efficient and speedy if the program itself was made to stay in memory and take a snapshot every 10 minutes, rather than relaunching the exe every 10 minutes.  if you were doing it once an hour or once a day, that might be different, but the program is not so small that you would really want to relaunch the exe every 10 minutes.

but youll surely be able to find a tiny ms visual c++ app that does nothing but capture screenshot of desktop and save it, which would be suitable for your task and nncron.   even though minicap is smaller than screenshot captor, it's still not super small.
26896  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: Timed desktop screenshots -- not for spyware! on: January 23, 2006, 10:27:25 PM
minicap is a smaller screenshot capture utility i'll be putting up in the next day or so, designed mainly for commandline capturing.
see here for more info:

26897  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: What happened to the "Improve icon" on the ToDo list? on: January 23, 2006, 09:15:40 PM
What happened to that? Or is the current icon the "Improved icon"? No offense but if that is the case I shiver to think how must have been the original icon!

lol  Grin

a new icon would be great but my art skills suck.  i'd love to get some user submitted icons to use for version 2.

yeah the name kind of sucks.. i'm open to changing names as well for version 2.

let me give a hard deadline for version 2; i'm hoping it will be before this, but here is absolute latest version 2 will be out by:

i'll move heaven and earth to get version two out by March 14th, the one year anniversary of this site.
That's about 7 weeks from today.
26898  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Text of options is cut (not all is showing). on: January 23, 2006, 09:11:35 PM
these font size issues are the bane of my existence; i promise to make another try to fix them..
it has to do with large font settings in windows, and my apps tend to not display property on systems with large DPI (font size) mode.  you can confirm this is the problem by temporarily changing the DPI mode back to default of 96 from your display settins; for me it's right click on desktop -> display properties -> advanced tab).
26899  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Another similar app (disclaimer: I haven't tried it) on: January 23, 2006, 09:07:34 PM
you're not the first person to suggest that we slow down the update of the result display; maybe i can add it in the next version.
if you read a little in this forum you'll see there has been a lot of discussion about version 2, which i think is going to make everyone pretty happy when it gets released, which should be soon (a month or two now it looks like); it would have been out sooner but other apps have jumped ahead of it in the queue that need more attention.

as for resizing the window, this might be more useful for you, turn off autoresizing and just set the size you want:
26900  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Another similar app (disclaimer: I haven't tried it) on: January 23, 2006, 05:29:13 PM
good idea; i will add it to todo list for version 2, you're right it needs to be easier to explore the skins.
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