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Screenshot Captor / Feature Request: Measure based on a scale
« on: May 16, 2017, 03:06 PM »
I frequently have to measure engineering drawings that are not to scale. They do have dimensions markers on them with listed values. I have to take a ruler and measure that line. Since I know what the length of the line is supposed to be and what it actually is measured to I can use that as a scale factor/ratio (known value divided by the measured value) . I can then measure any other distance on that image and multiple it by the scale factor to determine what it should be.

I know there are problems with this method, particularly if the aspect ratio is different from the original. It would still make for a pretty good approximation. I believe this would be a valuable addition to the ScreenShot Captor set of tools. I see the process working like:
1. Take a screen capture
2. use a "caliper" tool to identify a known length on an image. Enter in the corresponding known length
3. use a calibrated measure tool to select two points on the image - the calibrated length will be displayed.

It really doesn't have to be much more sophisticated than that. Maybe there could be an option to apply a horizontal and vertical calipers to attempt to correct for aspect ratio errors?

Thanks,
Troy

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Screenshot Captor / Forgets Settings on Boot
« on: May 04, 2017, 06:42 AM »
Hi All, I am having a bit of trouble with Screenshot Captor and it forgetting its settings.

I am using v4.20.1 and IT at work have setup roaming profiles. I think this is the problem. So as a first step I put ConfigDir.ini in the installation folder and have CONFIGDIR = D:\documents\ which is a folder on my d drive that isn't under the roaming profiles. In D:\documents I have ScreenshotCaptor.ini which is setup correctly.

I every time I boot the laptop up Screenshot captor seems to forget the settings. The odd thing is that it is looking at the d:\documents folder, but it doesn't seem to find the ScreenshotCaptor.ini because it creates a new folder to put the screenshots in and displays the quick access bar which I always turn off. There are also a few other settings like adding the screen capture to the clipboard and not playing any capture sounds.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

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I have a folder where I am storing screen captures. I have the default new file name template set as "sc%num%" which will create screen captures sc001.png, sc002.png etc. This works great. Is it possible to tell Screenshot Captor to start at a specific number? Say the folder is empty and I want to start naming then images sc021.png.

Cheers and thanks,
Troy

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It would be nice to be able to store the preferences in different files and to load them up by selecting from a drop down menu. The reason this would be handy is if you are working on different projects that require different effects, naming conventions, crops, frames, etc. be applied to the various screen captures. Once the settings are saved for a particular project you just need to load them backup to use them. It would also make sharing the setting easier.

Cheers,
Troy

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Screenshot Captor / Align clip-art numbers
« on: June 09, 2008, 02:33 PM »
Hi all,

I was wondering if there is a way to align clip-art numbers relative to one another. For example, I have a screenshot that I want to put numbers after each of the text boxes to indicate steps. I would like all of the clip-art numbers to be left aligned with each other. Is there a way to do this?

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Screenshot Captor / Grab Selected Region doesn't behave the same way
« on: October 07, 2007, 10:13 AM »
SC v2.37.01

I upgraded to the latest version of SC and tried the "shift-prtscr" key combo to select a region of the screen that I want to capture. Before I would have to drag the mouse cursor to define a rectangle that would be captured. Now a red frame pops up that I can move around to capture the area. If I double click the frame's title it switches to object selection.

Is this change intentional?


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Developer's Corner / VB6 - where to go now?
« on: August 29, 2007, 07:52 AM »
Hi all,

I've been programming in VB6 since '99, full time since '03. It looks as though I am going to have to make a decision as to what language I choose next. VB.net looks promising and I have taken to it like a duck to water - I really like OOP! I have also tried c#, again  I like it as well but I find the syntax a little harder to read (my eyes aren't what they used to be  :D). With that said I really don't want to move to .Net for 2 main reasons.

1) dot net isn't compiled. Unless you have some third party tool to obfuscate the code, your IP may not be protected.
2) It is slow - or at least I find it slower than stuff I have written in VB6 (I think this goes back to 1)

I write software for the mining industry that interacts with their CAD systems and geological modeling systems. My programs are mainly dll activeX controls that plugin to the CAD and GEO tools. Right away, speed is an issue (3d vector calculations, matrix calculations, Finite Element Analysis, Genetic Algorithms). It doesn't have to be super fast - just fast enough so they don't have time to take a coffee break!

Recently I have been going over some of my older code and I have been able to make dramatic speed improvements (these were possible because I hadn't coded the routines optimally in the past - lack of experience). What I have found over the years is that 80% of the work that I do is interacting with the user (i.e getting input, validating input, writing files, interacting with databases, etc.) and that doesn't require a heavy duty language like c++.

I have been thinking about this switch long and hard for the past year or two since I found out that support for VB6 would be discontinued. I thought that vb.net would be where I should go but there are too many problems around protecting my work (not from pirating, but my algorithms). I then got the idea that maybe a mixture of c++ (for the back end) and  vb.net for the GUI would be the way to go. I think that might be over kill. I would prefer one general purpose language as opposed to a mash up of two or more. That, IMHO would lead to a maintenance nightmare for the poor soul that has to maintain the project if they only have a .Net background.

So my question to you all is, should I focus on .Net because it is the fashionable thing to do or should I approach another language altogether? I am open to alternatives, but it needs to be relatively popular.

I downloaded a copy of Turbo Delphi last night and I like what I see (I was able to navigate around the IDE relatively easily and Hello World was a snap).

Any opinions on Delphi?

Does it have the staying power?

Will it be ready for 64bit?

Can it be used from .Net and can it use .Net components?

Can it create activeX dlls that would work from VB6 apps?


Cheers and Thanks,
Troy


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Screenshot Captor / Recomendation: paste in sequential numbers
« on: May 18, 2007, 08:10 AM »
I find a lot of times I need to identify a number of different elements within a screen capture. Typically I would put an arrow and then use a text box and put the appropriate number. It would be nice to be able to "rubber stamp" a series of numbers onto a screen shot. It would also be nice if you could configure the shape of the label, square or circle.

Please see the screen capture for details.

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Developer's Corner / c++ resources for the VB programmer
« on: February 04, 2007, 08:45 AM »
Hi all,
I was wondering if any of you could point me to some specific resources about c++ geared towards a VB programmer?

For example, in VB this works as expected:

if x = 6 then....

However in c++:
If (x=6) ....

Doesn't work as I would have expected (coming from a VB background). It took me some time to figure it out. It actually assigns the value of 6 to x. I won't make that mistake again!

In c++ if you declare a variable:

int x;

and then do something like this:
x++;
cout << x;

I get some weird number. I figured that x is being initialized to some random number. Is there any way to have int default initial value = 0?

I am using Dev-c++ for an ide and was wondering how can I set break points so that I can trace through and inspect variable values? I guess what I am getting at is, is there a facility to run programs similar to the way VB does? Or should I just change my mind set?

Cheers,
Troy

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Developer's Corner / Automated Builds for Visual Basic 6
« on: November 11, 2006, 12:00 PM »
Does anyone know of any good tools for Automating builds of Visual basic 6 projects? I have 16 activeX dlls that are a plugin to a CAD package so they have no exe and I don't control the CAD package. Quite frequently the CAD package breaks binary compatibility and therefore breaks my program. I then have to rebuild each program manually, breaking compatibility and making sure that all the references are pointing to the correct versions.

I would be looking for a command line utility that I could pass the name of the project and it would scan the project, change references if appropriate and break (and re-establish) binary compatibility when necessary.

Is there such a tool?

Thanks

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Clipboard Help+Spell / DBISAM error #11013
« on: September 29, 2006, 07:31 AM »
I downloaded and installed Clipboard Help+Spell to try it out but I keep getting these errors after installing it (see attached screen shots)

Error 1) DBISAM error #11013 Access denied to Table or backup file '17120'
Error 2) Error creating table handle

I tried uninstalling and reinstall but I still get the same error.

I am trying this on a windows 2000 computer. I tried this on a windows xp and it worked fine.

Any ideas?

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Screenshot Captor / Decrease screen capture size
« on: September 10, 2006, 07:59 AM »
I was wondering what are the best settings to make the screen captures as small as possible? I haven't touched any of the settings, they are all stock. When I capture my entire desktop (dual montiors) it generates a png that is about 10Mb. Is there a way to decrease this while maintaining a reasonable quality (suitible for word documents, pdf or power point presentations)?

Thanks!

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Screenshot Captor / Redbox only captures only works on second monitor
« on: September 06, 2006, 07:22 PM »
Hi all,
I have been testing out Screenshot Captor for about 2 hours now and at first I couldn't get the option to grab a screenshot of windows objects to work. I am running dual monitors a flat panel lcd as my primary and a crt as secondary. I normally keep the secondary one off unless I require it. In the course of testing I couldn't for the life of me get the Redboxes to outline any of my windows objects that I wanted to take a screenshot of.

I am using an nvidia geforce 6600 gt that has dual monitor outputs.

Any ideas why the redbox outlines would be limited to only one of my monitors - not even the primary monitor?

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