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10.4: How to take 'screen-based flashbulb' pictures Apps
Tiger only hintAre you a 10.4.3 user, but not a new "iSight built in" iMac user? Want to see at least one small piece of Photo Booth technology in action? It seems that the 10.4.3 includes at least one of the Photo Booth features to those of use without the new iMacs -- the "white screen flash" flashbulb.

To see this in action, open Address Book, choose a chard, and the select Card: Choose Custom Image from the menu. In the new window that opens, click the Take A Video Snapshot icon. You'll see a 3 - 2 - 1 countdown timer appear and then, when the camera goes off, your entire screen will flash white, just as it does in Photo Booth.

[robg adds: The custom snapshot ability has been there since (at least) 10.3, but it's definitely changed with 10.4.3's release. I booted into 10.3 to compare the snapshot feature ... and there's really no comparison. While the 10.3 version provides a quick and subtle background flash, the 10.4.3 version uses a you-can't-missi-it all white flash. In my darkened office, the 10.3 image was completely black. The 10.4.3 version was at least lit to some degree. Of course, it's not a terribly effective flash, but it does provide a minimum amount of light...]
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10.4: How to take 'screen-based flashbulb' pictures
Authored by: Brian McTavish on Nov 09, '05 07:57:31AM

Seems to be system-wide, since the same thing happens when taking an iChat icon photo of yourself.



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10.4: How to take 'screen-based flashbulb' pictures
Authored by: robg on Nov 09, '05 08:27:08AM

Agreed -- I didn't think so at first, as I was trying it through the "take video snapshot" menu. That doesn't work.

But if you click on your icon and choose Edit, then take the snapshot from there, you do indeed get the new flash...

-rob.



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10.4: How to take 'screen-based flashbulb' pictures
Authored by: jctull on Nov 09, '05 08:24:03AM

My iMac G5 has the button grayed out with the words "Plug in a camera to take a snapshot."



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Me too
Authored by: thoughton on Nov 09, '05 10:46:49AM

Same problem on a DVI Powerbook.



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Also greyed out in my iBook
Authored by: gaoshan on Nov 09, '05 01:42:47PM

Also greyed out, with the same message, in my 12" iBook 1.2Ghz with 10.4.3



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10.4: How to take 'screen-based flashbulb' pictures
Authored by: bailey_ca on Nov 10, '05 01:02:25AM

Uh... Do you have a web cam attached? I think that was kind of implied in the original hint, but just so you know, you need one.



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10.4: How to take 'screen-based flashbulb' pictures
Authored by: jctull on Nov 10, '05 08:28:46AM

Uh, well, nevermind. So much for having an annoying white flash at unusual intervals to disturb people when they come into my office.



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10.4: How to take 'screen-based flashbulb' pictures
Authored by: unforeseen:X11 on Nov 11, '05 05:23:39AM

It isn`t mentioned in the hint and there are several comments on non-working flash:

To see this, you need an attached Webcam which is recognized by Mac OS X.

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