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Screenshot Captor / Re: Feature idea: Smart preselect...
« on: February 26, 2012, 02:39 PM »
Actually I guess the two Boxes wouldn't be different colors because SSC wouldn't know if I was going to pre-select, or grab, the object. 
Anyhoo...  If I activate a "grab object" capture, then hover my cursor over a window (eg the above ex), different items get outlined with the Red Box (menu items, status bar, etc), as SSC is offering to grab them.  When I move the cursor to the edge of the window, the Red Box "lets go" of the inner object and Boxes the entire window.
It occurred to me that when I need to capture an Object, I likely will emphasis part of it with some SpecialFX tool AND that the thing I'll want to emphasize will likely be one of those objects that SSC was JUST A SECOND AGO offering to grab!

So my proposed idea could work like this...
Options are set to:
   Ctrl+Click in Red Box = capture object.
   Alt+Click in Red Box = remember that area of the image and have it automatically selected when the SSC main window opens.
User order of operations:
  1. Activate Object grab.
  2. When hovering over the area I will be emphasizing (or de-emphasizing), Alt+Click. 
  3. (SSC is still in Red Box object capture mode) Alt-Click other areas if there are to be multiply-selected areas.
  4. Then Ctrl+Click the larger object.
  5. When the image is initially opened in the SSC main window, the "alt+clicked" items are accurately selected.  (Note that any pre-selected area outside of the final capture would be discarded.)

I supposed this could also be achieved by adding a 5th button to the post-object-capture dialog.   Currently there is a [Save selected object and choose another] button.  You could add a [Save selected object and highlight/pre-select an area of it].

Note that I would not call this a critical feature...  Obviously it's not difficult to accurately select part of an image POST-capture.  It would be clever though.  And I don't think that there are any other screen capture utilities that do this...  (I'm familiar with most of them)   :)

Screenshot Captor / Feature idea: Smart preselect...
« on: February 26, 2012, 01:28 PM »
While using Object capture mode, it occurred to be that one or more of the smaller sub-items that SSC was "offering" to select (the stuff inside the window) are also things that I will probably end up needing to Select so that I can apply image effects...
Why not just let SSC "remember" what these things are. Then, after the object is captured and flattened into an image, SSC can have the corresponding part of the image Pre-Selected for me...

DC Website Help and Extras / Hi-rez images of the Cody Bird Mascot?
« on: February 24, 2012, 02:37 PM »
I know I remember seeing some, but can't find them now...
Thought it would be fun to Incorporated them into a custom Screenshot Captor mask/frames. 
Especially if Cody was doing the "Vanna White" routine, where he's standing beside the screenshot, "presenting" it :)

First you'd have to invent a hand!  lol
I guess a person could try to make some kind of adaptive/dynamic font (that looked like cursive).  Different versions of a letter would be used--depending on what letters preceded or followed it--to ensure the appearance of a continuous line...   
I'm not aware of any software that does this. 

If a programmer REALLY wanted to be super-geeky, he could study then make options for the font to utilize different human characteristics (check here to make left-handed writing, etc).

Living Room / Re: Cannot Unsee!
« on: February 21, 2012, 11:19 AM »
I think there's a cream for that!

Screenshot Captor / Re: Feature request: Sizable canvas.
« on: February 20, 2012, 01:16 PM »
Yea, it occurred to me (after posting) that the image's dimensions are at the bottom of the main SSC window.  Would be easy enough to enter  :)
The idea I had though, was to have each click add space in increments of the original image's dimensions (rather than simply doubling).

So if your image is 115 pixels wide, and you wanted four versions of the same image
4 in a row.png
You'd click in 3 times and the width would be 115, then 230, then 345, then 460.
Rather than a simple doubling which would yield 115, then 230, then 460, then 920.

Screenshot Captor / Re: Feature request: Sizable canvas.
« on: February 20, 2012, 11:51 AM »
Okay I've got it now...  For some reason the extended canvas area wasn't being remembered as part of the picture...  Reinstalled SSC though, and it seems to be working as expected.

For my own purposes, it would be nice if I could easily increase the canvas size by 100%.   Perhaps buttons like this:
Screenshot - 2_20_2012 , 9_40_32 AM_ver001.png
Seems like I often am comparing to version of the same image side-by-side, hence I need it to be doubled.

Screenshot Captor / Re: Any "hand model volunteers" out there?
« on: February 20, 2012, 10:15 AM »
They're perfect!!! (digitally speaking.)

Needs to be in a position that can be made into a mask/frame combo though.
Here check out the ones I was tinkering with...
my 3 hand shots.png
The middle one, is the one that got made in to the above mask/frame.
Ideally, a couple fingertips will overlap the transparent area (i.e. the transparent area in the above, is the circular area), to give it a cool 3D look.  But also, the borders around the outside of the transparent part shouldn't be too wide.  The one with me holding the CD cuts off nearly half of the bottom of the screenshot that is getting framed/masked.    In this regard, the image on the left would have been the best choice (I would've cropped out my body and just had my hands in there).  Lastly, make sure you have the flash turned on in your camera so you get plenty of light and color.  My photo on the right has a good amount of color and light, but again, ugly hands :)

PS did you catch the finger-joke?

Post a few if you want.  Folks can vote on the best one, then I'll have you send a hi-rez of it.  
This is fun  hee hee    :D

Screenshot Captor / Re: Any "hand model volunteers" out there?
« on: February 19, 2012, 05:38 PM »
lol.   That's exactly what I was thinking -- on both accounts!   ;D

Screenshot Captor / Any "hand model volunteers" out there?
« on: February 19, 2012, 02:50 PM »
I attempted making another "hand frame."  My technique is still not perfect.  Will try to attach the PNG and MASK files in a zipped folder, and also a sample.

One problem is that I have ugly hands.  And my camera is not that great either.

If we have any nice-handed photographers out there, please consider donating your image for a SSC mask!

Screenshot Captor / Feature request: Sizable canvas.
« on: February 18, 2012, 07:08 PM »
Like this:
Screenshot - 2_18_2012 , 4_57_14 PM.png

Or maybe it's already possible in some fashion?

Related to this request, is that if I drag another picture onto the original one, and it overlaps the edges of the canvas, then SSC should (optionally) increase the size of the canvas, rather than cropping off the overlapping parts...

Did that even make sense?  It made sense in my head.

Well, I meant "request," but we can go with "requirement!"   ;)

Another related thought:  Have it so that, when creating an arrow, as soon as you release the mouse button the "Endpoint text" box is activated (and any text therein is selected), so that you can just start typing.  If nothing is typed, then no text box appears.

Also, FWIW, I'd consider bendable bezier lines to be lower priority.  And frankly it might be rather difficult to make the text boxes customizationable--from a coding perspective.  As such, it might not be worth Mouser's effort.  

Am referring to where the blue "But mostly here" arrow is pointing.
Is it possible to have an "add your own" in the same way that you do for clipart and frames?
Screenshot - 2_18_2012 , 11_15_36 AM.png
I'd like to use a "Tag" shape like the yellow one. 
The ability to shape/bend lines would also be cool ...

I use a combo of Windows Desktop Search, Archivarius and dtSearch. dtSearch is amazing, but four times as expensive as X1 (though I haven't paid an upgrade fee in four years). I got an academic discount on it which resulted in it being as cheap as Windows Desktop Search... Archivarius is very good and probably what I'd recommend in your situation.
  Are you saying that dtSearch offers academic pricing?  I don't see it on their site.

And yes, I too, have been searching for a good option here.  Was heart-broken when Google Desktop died.   

Screenshot Captor / Reproducible crash :)
« on: February 18, 2012, 12:45 PM »
I always garner an evil bit of schadenfreude when I manage to break software.   :P
I was trying to capture an image of the "You've captured an Object. Now what?" tool that I referenced in the resent "Interface Options" forum discussion.

To reproduce the crash (I guess it's a crash--not really sure):
1. Activate an Object Grab either by Hotkey, Tray Icon right-click, or by the menu item in SSC.
2. Ctrl+Click in the Red Box, then the "You've captured an Object. Now what?" tool pops up.
3. Before choosing one of the 4 options or closing the dialog, bring up the SSC Main Window. (By clicking its icon on the Windows Taskbar, or by hotkey, if there is a hotkey assigned to 'Toggle Visibility.')

The Systray icon stays red because SSC thinks it's still in mid-capture, but the "You've captured an Object. Now what?" tool is closed, so you can't complete the capture.  SSC has to be restarted. 
Am working with v3.00.00 on Vista...  Perhaps others can try on different versions of Windows...

Also I'll add that it annoys me when sites have "paid premium" memberships that are add free--just bugs the heck out of me..
  The reason this bugs me is that I seem to jinx any site that I pay to join.  For example MouseTrax was a site hosted by a Microsoft MVP, who would regularly post VBA how-to videos. Of course you have to pay to get the premium content.   As soon as I joined, she stopped posting content.  Same with Gizmo's Tech Support Alert...  As soon as I join, he closes shop and merges with Win Secrets.  I guess it's just "regression toward the mean." I dunno...

Screenshot Captor / Re: Interface Options?
« on: February 17, 2012, 08:51 PM »
Also, I think that if you've set your default type of grab to "Object or Scroll," then you might be getting the "You've captured an Object. Now what?" tool (4 huge buttons that are the width of the dialog).   Is it possible you're seeing that?

Screenshot Captor / Re: Interface Options?
« on: February 17, 2012, 11:37 AM »
Is it this option?
Screenshot - 2_17_2012 , 9_35_04 AM.png

I'll agree with everything Anand posted.  Especially how annoying the adds are that camouflage themselves as site content.
Also I'll add that it annoys me when sites have "paid premium" memberships that are add free--just bugs the heck out of me..

Screenshot Captor / Re: Append my top feature request
« on: February 16, 2012, 10:41 AM »
Do you mean like adding an image at the end of another image?

Screenshot Captor / Re: "Hands Holding" mask/frame combo...
« on: February 14, 2012, 05:22 PM »
Here, I'll try to post the handsholding.png and handsholding.png.mask.jpg in a zip file. 
Try these and see if they work.  Also remember to turn the Opacity all the way up...

Screenshot Captor / Re: "Hands Holding" mask/frame combo...
« on: February 14, 2012, 03:07 PM »
Here's a challenge for you...
guy holding sign.png
Preserves the perimeter of the screenshot AND accommodates necessary rotation/skewing/perspective...    ;)

Incidently, the above image doesn't have the "perspective" part (where the further away parts are smaller), that's why the right side of the Chrome window looks taller :)

Screenshot Captor / Re: "Hands Holding" mask/frame combo...
« on: February 14, 2012, 02:40 PM »
Sorry about that.  The idea never comes to me until I click "Post"  ;)
The key is to save HandsFrame.png as a regular png for the fram, but then save the mask portion as HandsFrame.jpg, then change it's file type (not just rename it) into HandsFrame.png.mask...
Screenshot - 2_14_2012 , 12_15_10 PM.png

Screenshot Captor / Re: "Hands Holding" mask/frame combo...
« on: February 14, 2012, 02:37 PM »
Nope nope nope...   I got it to work!

Screenshot Captor / Re: "Hands Holding" mask/frame combo...
« on: February 14, 2012, 02:32 PM »
ah yes, so i think if you just named your frame like: "HandsFrame.png"
and then named your mask: "HandsFrame.png.mask"

and put them both in Frames directory, they should get applied both at the same time.
Okay, so I tried and tried, and I'm pretty sure they don't work like this. 
For transparency to be applied, the image has to be a .jpg, and it has to be in the Masks folder.
Using the HandsFrame example, they show up as separate files frames and don't get (and can't be) applied at the same time.       Right now am working on Win 7.  Tried on Vista too though.  Maybe if have a pref options that needs to be set(??)  IDK.

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