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Screenshot Captor / Re: Fuzzy Text
« on: May 08, 2020, 09:01 AM »
That or maybe have it turned off by default.  :)

Screenshot Captor / Re: Fuzzy Text
« on: May 04, 2020, 08:07 AM »
Quick follow-up.  I also unchecked the boxes in the anti-aliasing settings as I found I was still getting fuzziness when flattening in some cases.  That fixed it all.

Thanks again mouser!

Screenshot Captor / Re: Fuzzy Text
« on: May 03, 2020, 10:09 PM »

YOU WORK TOO MUCH!  This is the second time you have helped me on a Sunday.

I almost don't have words for how cool this program is.  It looks like you were right!  I simply set anti-aliasing to "Never," and this particular issue anyway seems to have disappeared.  Yet another level of super fantastic detailed settings this program has that I never knew about.  I absolutely love the depth of adjustments SC has.  There is nothing else out there that can match it.

If I understand your question correctly, yes, the fuzziness was happening at 100% zoom.  When I made the screenshot in the first post in this thread zoom was at 100%.  So it appears it was the aliasing!

Thank you mouser.  You are amazing!  :Thmbsup:

Screenshot Captor / Fuzzy Text
« on: May 03, 2020, 02:21 PM »
Okay, I have alluded to it before, but haven't provided much detail.  Here is an example of fuzzy text I get doing certain things.

In this case, I create a text box and put some text in it.  It looks fine as long as the text box is selected.  But when I unselect it, or flatten the text box, the text gets fuzzier and more out of focus looking.  This example demonstrates that, but it's not the best example, it's just something that I came across while working on something else and decided to use it to document this problem.

Sometimes the text gets so blurry and fuzzy that it's hard to read (maybe it depends on the font, size, background color and or properties, etc.).  You can see what I mean here.  In this case the blurriness just kind of makes it look like it's been changed to bold.

So sometimes it's frustrating that it looks fine when I have the box selected, but then it looks horrible when I flatten it.

Screenshot Captor / Re: How to move the menubar back to the top!
« on: April 16, 2020, 08:59 AM »
Thought I had already tried that, but anyway this time it worked!

Thank you mouser!  :D :D :D

Screenshot Captor / How to move the menubar back to the top!
« on: April 15, 2020, 07:56 PM »
My SC menubar somehow moved to the right side of the application window. :o How do I move it back to the top?! :-[

Screenshot Captor / Re: Highlighting
« on: April 15, 2020, 07:54 PM »
Mouser I am embarrassed by how long it has taken me to follow up on this.  Should have done it a long time ago.

After some study, I think I figured out that it is not SC's problem.  The problem is that unlike say, a word processor, that allows you to change the background color of some text, the text I work with is not as well defined.  I use it for highlighting things in articles captured from online.  For whatever technical reason, maybe the difference between the word processor producing text that is rendered differently then screenshot captured text, the text I am using the highlighting on has different properties.  Maybe that means it is not as "dense" or something like that.  I mean dense in a figurative way not necessarily a technical way.  So sometimes, when highlighted, it isn't as stark a contrast between the highlight and the background color, or the text doesn't show through as clearly as say compared to that word processor text that seems to be both clear and strongly contrasted.

So I don't think this is SC's fault.  It's just the nature of the differently rendered text.

However, I do notice that sometimes, when I flatten screenshots that contain text, the text (which looked fine before flattening becomes fuzzy looking.  So apparently it is distorting somehow when flattened.  I think the entire screenshot is becoming fuzzy, but it is most notable on the text parts.  This is not a closely related problem although both do effect the readability of captured text.

Not easy to provide a sample since it involves screenshots which I don't think can capture this.  But I'll see if I can think of another way to describe how to reproduce it.

Anyway... the problem described in this thread are NOT the fault of SC.  I wanted to make that clear.  I have been able to get it to work pretty well most times except for certain kinds of fonts which tend to blur more than others and maybe aren't as dark and dense looking.  But most of the time I can tweak things to look quite good.

Screenshot Captor / Highlighting
« on: November 08, 2019, 08:04 PM »
One of the few things I have been unable to figure out how to do with this spectacular program is to create strong highlighting of areas of the picture that I want to call attention to.

I can use the "Draw highlighting rectangle..." tool to add color and then adjust the transparency to highlight.  But no matter which settings I use -- including changing blend mode -- I don't seem to be able to get that intense bright highlight in red, yellow, green, blue, etc. that you usually see in programs like word processors.  It is always kind of muted.

Is there something I can do to improve this?

"There is actually a FIT WIDTH option in the view menu"

Wow!  Never saw that!  Thank you mouser!

The mark of an outstanding program... so many goodies you are always discovering new ones!

Humbled you like my suggestion.  Keep up the fabulous work!  :D

Screenshot Captor / Feature Request: Better Animated GIF Support
« on: October 10, 2019, 03:54 PM »
I think I've previously mentioned that the GIF engine in SC seems to choke on some basic GIFs.  Also, I have not found a way to allow an AG to play repeatedly.  It seems to only play once then stop.

Would be helpful to have a stronger player with more options.

In my dreams SC would also support resizing animated GIFs and maybe even other AG editing features that I currently need to switch software to do and then come back to SC.... a big ask I know.  But who else could possibly do it if you can't Mouser???!!!  :Thmbsup:

PS: How far does flatter get me?  ;)

The clickable choices for displaying the images on the upper right of the Thumbnail Panel are excellent AutoFit, 50%, 100% etc.

But I often capture entire web pages and if I use AutoFit or FIT, it shows the entire page no matter how long.  What I really want is to adjust the image to the width of the Panel, but not the length.  I have this same need for many other images I open.

So the suggestion is...

Add a "Fit Width" choice.  Would also like to have a 10%, 25% and 75% choice so you can instantly hone in on what you need.

Keep up the INCREDIBLE work !!!!!!  :)

Screenshot Captor / Re: GIF not playing correctly
« on: August 20, 2018, 02:01 PM »
Hope Mouser sees this.  Is this the right place to report it?

Screenshot Captor / GIF not playing correctly
« on: August 02, 2018, 09:17 AM »
For me, the attached gif plays correctly in other gif enabled apps, but stops at frame 3 in SC.

Please forgive me if this is OT.  I hope you are not offended.  But Mouser, you have so much expertise in this topic I was hoping you may know something that can help with this.

I love SC.  It is a work of art.  But I don't think it can do batch operations.  So I can use it for the captures, but not the rest I don't think.

I find I am regularly doing the following operation and I'm looking for a way to automate/simplify it:

1. Capturing multiple screenshots and saving them in a folder.

2. Batch converting the saved screenshots to an equal width (allowing the length to adjust automatically to keep the aspect ratio the same).

3. Batch uploading the resized screenshots to an image hosting site where I can get the direct links to the images.

The ultimate ultimate would be to do it all in one step.  Capture the screenshots and have them automatically resize when captured and sent to the host.  But that's a lot to ask.

So I think realistically the best I can hope for is a 2 step process.   And the best I've been able to do to make this faster and easier is to use an online image host that can upload multiple images at a time and resize them (basically combining steps 2 and 3 above).

There are some sites that sort of do this.  But all the ones I know of have flaws.

So far I have found sites that do some things but not others.  Very few that do proportional resizing on multiple images upon upload.  The closest I've come to that is which is perfect except for the fact that it doesn't seem to give you a direct link to the image!  DRATS!!!

Another one, that I really love is  It would be perfect if it did proportional resizing.  But it only seems to offer a list of fixed heights and widths.   DOUBLE DRATS!!!!!

So I have not found any good way to further automate this process.

Any thoughts in that direction would be much appreciated!  :)

Screenshot Captor / Folder PaIN :O -- SOLVED!
« on: March 01, 2017, 08:56 PM »
Found the answer.  SC is godlike!  :Thmbsup:

Screenshot Captor / Re: Capturing Scrolling Pages
« on: August 14, 2015, 11:41 PM »
Perfect!  Thanks mouser!  :D

They say some of the greatest inventions of mankind were initially the result of a mistake.

(that must mean I've had a lot of great inventions!  :o)

The one that I know of was when the 3M company was working in their lab trying to create a formula for a strong glue.  It failed because it was so weak it could hardly hold anything together.  So they were ready to scrap it and start over when one of their crew had an idea.  Hence the birth of sticky notes!  :P

Screenshot Captor / Re: Capturing Scrolling Pages
« on: August 14, 2015, 02:27 PM »
Zounds!  :)

Totally not your fault or an SC bug!

The coincidences are just too much!

The Red Box Capture tool puts a red line around the captured object which in this case was the whole Firefox application window.

The sandbox I am using also puts a red line around the whole Firefox window.

The stubborn red line I was seeing around the windows stitched together in my images was actually the red line from the sandbox program which Screenshot Captor *correctly* included as part of the capture, NOT the SC red line.

Talk about a funny coincidence!


I also noted above that the red lines that appeared in the window where you stitch the scrolled slides together (which were actually the lines from the sandbox) were really useful in that window because they showed you precisely were the edges of each slide was.  That makes it easier to properly space them.  So I suggested that maybe putting some semitransparent red lines around the slides in the stitching window might be a nice enhancement!

Sorry I caused so much confusion about all this!  :-\

Screenshot Captor / Re: Capturing Scrolling Pages
« on: August 13, 2015, 07:27 PM »
OK!  In deference to my ?British? (assumption) friend IainB, I think I sussed this one out!

In case I have not confused things enough with my "red lines" conundrum, wait until I get into this before you forgive me.

The red box that appears on the page when you press Ctrl+Alt+PrScr is a control called "Red Box Capture."  It's brilliant!

It allows you to select individual windows objects.  It has two modes.

From the help file:

You can switch Red Box Capture operation between a "region" mode, where the outline can be moved and resized by your manually, and an "object" mode, where the outline follows your cursor around and selects the windows object (like menu, toolbar,window,panel) under the cursor at any time.  Use Shift+Left Mouse Click to switch modes, or else just double click on the red+white text.

Now here is the stupendous cosmic befuddlement!

It outlines the object to be captured *with a red line!!!!*  Yep.  It's a coincidence upon a coincidence upon a coincidence!  It's Deja Vu all over again!    :huh: :huh: :huh:

So there are yet other red lines here in my case!  No wonder I was confused (through no fault of SC!).

But now I think I got it.

Apparently object mode is not supported in Firefox... least it didn't work for me.  So in order to select scrolls that only include the browser window I had to switch to region mode and manually move the top of the red outline down to the top of the browser window.  Guess what?  It works like a charm!  You can then do the scroll and the top will start there on every frame.  How sweet!

I can't explain how it did that for me automatically that one time, but I guess it's just one of the unexplained mysteries of the universe (better known as sniglets).

But the key is that it can be done!

I had to use a manual scroll though.  SC couldn't find an automatic method.  Still, in the end I got it.  NICE!  :Thmbsup:

Question: Is there a text scraping tool?  It is referenced in help, but I can't find any info about it.   8)

Screenshot Captor / Re: Capturing Scrolling Pages
« on: August 13, 2015, 10:08 AM »
Thank you for the help!

Wow!  This is kind of funny!

1. So I did a quick scroll of this thread to make a screen shot to post to demonstrate the "red lines."  I used automatic scrolling (SC tried a few methods and selected one) instead of manual.  Then I used the automatic margins and automatic overlap.  I have not inspected the result thoroughly, but it appears that it came out PERFECTLY ... both margins AND overlap.  In addition, for the first time ever for me, the scroll only contained the browser window, not the Firefox page tabs or command menu etc. above the browser window.  That is what I wanted to achieve but I don't have any idea why it did that this time and not the other times.  Weird.  I'm going to have to experiment with that to see if I can figure out what's going on.

2. The red lines are not related to SC!  As I was doing this I finally realized what they are.  I run Firefox in a sandbox.  The sandbox puts lines around the Firefox window.  But the way I have it set up they are barely visible and I am so used to them I forgot they are even there.

Now... when you use the SC editing window for setting margins and overlaps, you can see the red lines around each slide.  Just coincidentally, they appear in the perfect place around each captured slide because they surround the captured window.  So all along I assumed these lines were part of SC... there to help you adjust things so you could easily see the edges of each individual slide!  Actually, I thought that was a very useful feature!  The lines are red and partially transparent.... perfect for seeing where the edges are with precision as you adjust them!

So I assumed those lines were part of SC.  I didn't realize they were actually part of the capture!

This has to be one of the oddest things I have ever seen when testing something like this.

But honestly, I think the semi-transparent red lines around the slides in the stitching dialog are a very useful feature... maybe something you might want to consider!  ... of course they shouldn't appear on the output.

Bottom line.... the red lines are my mistake.  :-[  But maybe not a bad idea!  :)

I attached the slide of the output image anyway to show you what I mean.  As you can see, the red lines appear at the end of each break.  It was even useful having them in the output because it allowed me to inspect the overlaps quickly as I could see where the page breaks were.  But of course, except for testing purposes, I wouldn't want them in the output... only in the editing dialog.  On further inspection it appears that the "internal" overlaps look perfect! ... and those are the ones I had problems with.  The last page is off, but that's not an issue.  But how everything worked automatically this time and not the other times, and how this time it only captured the browser window and not the application window is still a mystery to me.

But pretty cool!  :D

Follow up:

Try as I may I have not been able to reproduce the scrolling capture of just the browser window that I did once and now can't repeat.  No matter what I do, every scrolling capture I do now includes the entire Firefox application and not just the Firefox browser window.  I even tried it out of the sandbox but got the same results.

Here is what I am doing:

1. Ctrl+Shift+PrtScr ... The Red SC dialog appears in the upper left of Firefox.

2. From the "gear" icon on the left of that dialog I select "Capture Selection Now"

Except for the one time I did it, when only the browser window of the Firefox application window was captured, the entire Firefox application window is captured every time.  So each separate frame includes not only the browser window but the entire Firefox application screenshot.  I don't know what made the difference.

Is there any way to select which window is captured on the scroll to intentionally select only the window that scrolls?

Screenshot Captor / Re: Capturing Scrolling Pages
« on: August 12, 2015, 10:13 PM »
Can someone tell me how to avoid having the red margin and overlap lines appear in my final images?

I'm not sure if that is something I am doing wrong, a bug, or an environment issue on my computer.


Screenshot Captor / Re: Capturing Scrolling Pages
« on: August 12, 2015, 01:33 AM »
Thank you for the tip.  I'll check it out!

PS: Major American Monty Python fan here.  :)

Screenshot Captor / Re: Capturing Scrolling Pages
« on: August 11, 2015, 06:52 PM »
mouser... truly I am so impressed by your grasp of topics like this!  What an amazing talent!

Yes, that is indeed what happened in my case.  It was not the top or bottom capture that was off after adjusting overlap, but one of the captures in between.  When I adjusted one of the middle captures to have a perfect overlap, the overlap of one of the other middle captures was too high.  It seems to me it was cutting off more than 1 pixel too much though, seemed like more than that.

I actually used this thread to do the test.  At least one of the middle "slides" had maybe a several lines of text cut off while another "middle"
 slide was completely perfect.

Thinking about it though, it seems possible that you may not be properly adjusting the overlap even for a slide that looks correct.  What if there is white space for example around the overlap.  How can you visually determine what the correct overlap is in that case to the pixel (if those units are pixels... not sure)?

So if you over reduce the overlap on one slide, that has say horizontal white space, and there is another slide that has data around the overlap it could cut off the data without your knowing.  So A. maybe you should set the overlap on something you can be confident about if possible.  and B. you should check all the overlaps even on the middle slides before finishing.

But actually I did try to do A although I'm not exactly sure what you can be confident about.  I chose a slide with some split words right on the seam and tried to align the words so they were properly overlapped.  This may or may not have been an accurate overlap.

I don't want to over complicate this.  mouser I am sure you understand the issues.  The goal, of course is how to get at least a visually "perfect" image with the minimum amount of work.  With the amazing tools in Screenshot Captor it's already pretty close!

If it would be helpful at all I can try to reproduce an image with this issue and attach.

Also, if you get a chance, do you know why the red margin/overlap lines appear in my final image and how I can prevent that?

I tried to capture and image this thread again applying some understanding I gained in this discussion.  Margins don't seem to be any issue in this test, it's the overlaps that are difficult.  The automatic overlap didn't work so I adjusted it manually.  I tried to be very careful to align a middle section that seemed clear.  At first it seemed to be pretty good when I checked the other middle slides... but then, after adjusting the End Overlaps, I looked at the middle slides again and something seemed way off.  I don't know what I did wrong as I assume the End Overlaps shouldn't affect the middle slides?

Anyway, I need to do my tests more scientifically when I have more time so I can be more succinct in what I write and not waste everyone's time.  I apologize for the long posts without much substance.  When I have more time I will try to report what is going on in a way that can be reproduced... or else figure out what the heck I did wrong!

This is an awesome feature.  Hope I can add something to make it even better!  "I'll be back!"  :tellme:

Screenshot Captor / Re: Capturing Scrolling Pages
« on: August 11, 2015, 07:11 AM »
OK!  Now I understand how that part works!  I didn't think of using it to eliminate the multiple tab and menu parts on each page of the scroll by adjusting the overlap.

Very very cool implementation!  :Thmbsup:  It really is brilliant!

On my first test the right margin control didn't seem to crop anything.  But when I tested it on another scrolling page it worked.  I'll have to investigate that more.  All the other margin adjustments worked great!  And the Scroll Overlap controls are amazing!

One other small issue...  How do you eliminate the red page separator lines from the capture?

But WOW!  What a fantastic implementation of scrolling!  Better than any other I have seen.  :Thmbsup:

A possible enhancement....  Allow different zoom levels in this dialog other than Fit and 100%.  Might make it easier to see what's going on while you are adjusting things.

Edit: Since you can't crop the overlaps of each capture individually, it's clearly critical that each capture has the same amount that needs to be cropped.  Otherwise when you set the scroll overlaps so that one seam is perfect, another seam might not be right.  On my test I did a manual capture using the page down key before each capture to try to make each capture uniform size.  When I set the overlap based on the perfect setting for one seam, the other seams were off a little.  Is there a way to avoid this?  :)

Screenshot Captor / Re: Capturing Scrolling Pages
« on: August 10, 2015, 11:13 PM »
Know what?  I need to do more work to understand this better.  When I tried it this time, the automatic scrolling was working really well on Firefox (except for the fact that it is also capturing the whole firefox application window and not just the page being browsed).  Manual scrolling also worked really well.  I think that the problem I had may have had to do with the sandbox.  I am getting an error message related to DDE data before the capture takes place.  This may be the problem.

What I have not been able to figure out how to do is to capture just the browser web page window without the Firefox tabs and toolbars appearing at the top of each scrolled page.  I'm thinking maybe this is the problem caused by the DDE failure?  I never seem to get a chance to select just that window and not the entire application window.

But the exciting part is that Screenshot Captor is scrolling like a champ now!

Does any of this make any sense?  :tellme:

Screenshot Captor / Re: Capturing Scrolling Pages
« on: August 10, 2015, 10:02 PM »
As always thank you for your reply mouser!  I have not yet tried that manual feature, but I will give it a whirl.  Even though the automatic kind of scroll method doesn't seem to always work well I do think that SC's scrolling capture feature is a brilliant piece of work though.  I think it gives you the best chance of getting the shot.

Usually, if I want to do a scrolling capture, it is in a browser.  So yes, the add-ons are probably best for that for the reasons you gave.

To be fair, I run my browser in a sandbox.  So there is an extra layer of mush that SC has to deal with.  That may be part of the problem.  The sandbox does cause problems with some things and maybe this is one of them.

The real challenge is to get scrolling captures in other applications besides browsers.  It's so hard to get consistent results with anything.  I guess that may be because each program works differently in one way or another and its hard to make a universal tool that can deal with every contingency.

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