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Use Butler and SnapClip to capture JPEG screens Apps
The hot keys in SnapClip's preferences are set to save clippings as JPEGs. So how can I use the SnapClip preferences when I type Command-Shift-3? In other words, I want to be able to output JPEG instead of PDF when I type Command-Shift-3. Here's one way to work around the problem...

In order for you to follow along, I am assuming in SnapClip that Command-Shift-8 is set to capture mode "OS X Standard," and that the output Destination is set to "JPEG File." After you understand the steps, you can of course set these SnapClip configurations to anything you like.

Here are the steps that I followed to make JPEG the output using Command-Shift-3.
  1. Quit SnapClip

  2. Open up "System Preference," click on "Keyboard & Mouse," and then click on the "Keyboard Shortcuts" tab. In the column under Description, there is an entry that reads "Screen Capture." If the arrow next to "Screen Capture" is pointing to the right, click on it so that it points downward. Uncheck "Capture to screen to file," and notice that this is the Command-Shift-3 command. Close "System Preferences."

  3. Third, If you don't have Butler, download and install it.

  4. After downloading Butler, launch it and then configure it by doing the following. Under Configuration, look at the bottom of the window and you will see a button with a "+" sign with a down arrow next to it. Next to that, you will see a button with a "-" sign. Click on the button with "+" sign with a down arrow next to it, which will open a contextual menu. Click on "Smart Items," and then click on "Keystrokes."

    A keystroke will be added to your configuration file. On the right side of the configuration window, find the section that is titled "Keys," and click inside the box. Press the Command-Shift-8 key combo as though you are taking a picture. You will see your keystrokes appear in the box next to "Keys." Remember to make sure that you have quit SnapClip as discussed in step one!

  5. Find the Hot Key section under the Keys section on the right side of the Configuration windown. Hot Key is located under Abbrev; click in the box next to "Hot Key." Press Command-Shift-3 as though you are taking a picture with standard screen capture. Remember to make sure that the screen captaure is disabled in System Preference as discussed in step two.
Close the Butler configuration window, launch SnapClip, and now you can press Command-Shift-3 and have all of your output in JPEG format. However, you still have the option to type Command-Shift-8 to do the same thing. I hope that this helps.
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Use Butler and SnapClip to capture JPEG screens
Authored by: aqsalter on Aug 16, '04 09:38:31PM

There must be an easier way to do this... Wasn't there a way to change the OSX defaults? OSX internally doesn't care if an image is any particular format??

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Use Butler and SnapClip to capture JPEG screens
Authored by: on Aug 17, '04 02:36:22AM

There are other ways to do it, do a search for screencapture and jpeg or jpg and you will quickly find that most people use scripts to convert pdf to jpg. I believe that once you set it up using snapclip and butler, it is simple. What I do to simplify the process is to make sure that I have snapclip and butler startup on login. It runs in the background and I never know that it is there until I need to use it. I don't have to remember snapclip preferences shift+command+5 thru shift+command+8 to take a jpg image since my screen capture jpg is mapped to shift+command+3 and my window jpg is mapped to shift+command+4. Window jpg allows you to cature a window. This is really is 2nd nature to me. I don't think about it anymore.

There are two advantages of this technique. The first advantage is that with snapclip in screen capture mode you can select any part of the screen or the entire screen. With the standard screencapture shift+command+3 you don't have this option. The second advantage is that with snapclip in screencapture capture mode you get a clipping of the image so you can see what it looks like before you open it. With the standard screencapture shift+command+3 you just get a pdf icon.

I have seen some posting that goes internally and changes pdf to jpg. One of these is

I try the

myprompt% defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleScreenShotFormat JPEG

command and it didn't work. I am using Panther.

I also tried from the post

myprompt% screencapture -S /tmp/screengrab.pdf ; sips -s format jpeg /tmp/screengrab.pdf --out /tmp/screengrab.jpeg

and it gives you a jpeg, but it may be hard to find.

If you find a way to internally change it from pdf to jpg, please share it with the rest of us. However, I don't think that will be enough for me since I have gotten so used to the clippings.



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