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Need a screenshot utility? SnapShooter 2007 is out!

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Can I post this here?Maybe, just maybe, some of you have heard of the first version of SnapShooter. It's a simple screen shooter for Windows, automating the task of taking screen shots in Windows and saving them to disk. The reason for posting here is that flight simmers are big fans of this kind of programs, makes it easy to take screenshots in FSim!Well SnapShooter 2007 has just been released and please take a look if you want to make image capturing in your games and applications a no-brainer! It's free!There must be a million programs like this on the net, why this?Besides the expected features like naming your images and resizing them, it supports plugins and can do just about anything with the images provided the right plugin! Ships with a few plugins that can make the image black and white, put a custom watermark on it, e-mail it somewhere, beam it to a bluetooth device and even upload it to a http/ftp server, print it etc.SnapShooter 2007 even supports multiple screens!You could for example configure SnapShooter 2007 to capture an image of the screen for you, make it black and white, put a copyright watermark text in the lower right corner and then upload it to ImageShack.us for you, saving the link to the image - automatically each time you press a defined hotkey!http://www.salientsoft.net/content/images/ss4.gif http://www.salientsoft.net/content/images/ss5.gifhttp://www.salientsoft.net/content/images/ss9.gifFor a complete set of features, screenshots and the application itself visit:http://www.salientsoft.net/projects/snapshooterhttp://www.salientsoft.net/projects/snapshooter/featureshttp://www.salientsoft.net/projects/snapshooter/screenshotshttp://www.salientsoft.net/projects/snapshooter/downloadOh, and it's completely free!Regards,Johan Johansonjohan@salientsoft.net

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That's so funny. I was just looking for this utility 2 weeks ago and it was nowhere to be found, not the new version OR the old version anywhere on the net as far as I could find. Fortunately, I still had an old copy of the 2.21 version full installation I had downloaded a while back, I couldn't even find the old version.Thanks for the update!Any downsides to the new version? It seems very commercial, so kind of scary looking that it's free. The old version is awesome, no downsides that I can tell, no adverts, no popups asking me to do anything, etc..Thomas[a href=http://www.flyingscool.com] http://www.flyingscool.com/images/Signature.jpg [/a]I like using VC's :-)N15802 KASH '73 Piper Cherokee Challenger 180

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The old version was fantastic, best tool ever. Simple, fast, did all you wanted from a snap tool. The new version doesn't add a single essential feature, and is much slower to load.

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Thanks for the input guys. I know it's slower to load, that IS a pain, I'll see what I can do. I've even been thinking of making a 'lite' version of the program that simply replicates the old version with just a few new options, maybe some people will favor that instead.Note that you don't have to resize the images all the time, if you leave the values at 0 the images will be their original size.And, it's totally free, no caveats hehe.Regards,Johan

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excellent utility Johanthank you very much for making this availableby the way on my laptop this little program is pretty fastthe 3-5 second initial load is NOT a big deali highly recommend this to everyone - its a great programBo

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Johan,Thank you very much for this utility. I use it a lot.Instead of resize, I should have said crop. The problem is that I couldn't figure out how to capture the active window with version 2.21. So I end up capturing the screen and then cropping out what I don't want. I don't think it even has the capability to capture the active window, but maybe it does and I just didn't figure it out.Thomas[a href=http://www.flyingscool.com] http://www.flyingscool.com/images/Signature.jpg [/a]I like using VC's :-)N15802 KASH '73 Piper Cherokee Challenger 180

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Flyingscool:I see what you mean. No the original program had only limited capability and couldn't crop or capture just the active window. In the 2007 version you can capture the active window and even remove the title bar and borders with a single option. However I'm currently writing a replica of version 2.11 with some additional basic features like cropping and capturing the active window. And without the bugs :).That should make everybody happy being able to choose between a basic and an advanced version. Please don't hesitate to take this opportunity to suggest a feature for the basic version - I can't develop a successful program without knowing what the users (you) need!Bo:Thanks a lot for your input, I'm very happy you like it!

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OK I take that back. I just discovered the automatic title removal option -- you have my vote. It is the best screenshooter, ever, AGAIN!(Just make it load a bit faster ;)

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hi Johan or anyone who knows the answer1. can you edit the pictures after you have saved them using your program - i.e. adding water mark or greyscale etc.?2. can you crop the picture to isolate certain areas of interest?thanksBo

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Sure, it's just a jpg or bmp or whatever format image you choose. Typically a program like Paint Shop Pro or something can do all those things.The advantage of the new version is that it can do it for you as an automated process for all the images you create.Or, you can just save it normally and edit in another program.Thomas[a href=http://www.flyingscool.com] http://www.flyingscool.com/images/Signature.jpg [/a]I like using VC's :-)N15802 KASH '73 Piper Cherokee Challenger 180

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Bo:It's currently not possible to do what you're asking, using SnapShooter to edit the images after they've been saved.. Well it is kind of, you could use 'Explicit mode' and take your pictures, and they will all be saved within the program. Then you can edit them and then save them or do whatever you want from within the program. This isn't automated though - you'd have to do it for every image.Is it because you need to crop the images first?Cropping isn't implemented in the program right now, but I could easily write a very simple cropping plugin if you like. That way you could put the cropping plugin before all the other plugins, and everything would be automatically taken care of.Or is it another reason?Regards,Johan Johansonjohan@salientsoft.net

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>Bo:>>It's currently not possible to do what you're asking, using>SnapShooter to edit the images after they've been>saved.. Well it is kind of, you could use 'Explicit>mode' and take your pictures, and they will all be saved>within the program. Then you can edit them and then save them>or do whatever you want from within the program. This isn't>automated though - you'd have to do it for every image.>>Is it because you need to crop the images first?>>Cropping isn't implemented in the program right now, but I>could easily write a very simple cropping plugin if you like.>That way you could put the cropping plugin before all the>other plugins, and everything would be automatically taken>care of.>>Or is it another reason?>>Regards,>Johan Johanson>johan@salientsoft.netJohanyou answered the 1st question for me. it would however be nice to make it semi-automated for instance putting a watermark on all the captured imagesif you can add the cropping feature to the program after the images were stored it would be great and simple as apposed to opening another program like mspaint to do the cropingthanks for your helpBo

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Thomas:There was one bug that some users experienced, they got 2 identical images per capture sometimes.Bo:I don't know what you mean by making it semi-automated. Care to explain? The thing is SnapShooter won't do anything to the images after they've been saved to the hard drive. It's all about moving the plugins up and down in the list to make things happen in a certain order (before the Save plugin).So, obviously, the watermark plugin should be positioned above the save plugin in the list. You know how to get there, yes? And it has to be enabled (checked). That way you'll get watermarked images. Anyway maybe you already knew this, sorry in that case!The same thing goes for the crop plugin once it's done, you have to put it above the save plugin and then enable it by checking it. Then the images will be cropped before saved to disc.Regards,Johan Johansonjohan@salientsoft.net

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Johan, thanks very much for a nice utility.But I did notice a couple of problems.1. When saving jpg images I noticed that each succeeding file was about 4 kb larger than the last, even when taking shots of the (static) Windows screen.2. I tried the automatic option, using 1 and 2 seconds, while flying in FSX. In about 10% of the shots either the autogen or the clouds were missing!I'm using Windows XP Home edition with 2 Gb RAM.Best regards, Chris

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Heya thanks for the reply, appreciate it1. Woah thanks I'll take a look at it. (In fact I did, and while you are right in some cases, taking pictures of my static desktop won't result in a file size increase.) Does it happen in FSim? Are ALL the succeeding images larger than previous ones?2. This is a weird one, it occurred in the old version of SS too. Try these following steps to see if it works:Go to capture settings.Choose a hotkey other than Print screen.Check 'Capture clipboard'.Now take some screens with the print screen button and see if the problem persists. I know this mode won't let you change quality or size etc but that's a stupid bug and if the above method works for you I'll sort it out asap.Bo:The cropping plugin is available from the download plugins page from within the program. See help if you're uncertain on how to use it.Regards,Johan Johansonjohan@salientsoft.net

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Johan, I found why the file size was increasing - it wasn't a bug. In the view I had the Explorer window showing the screen shot files. Each time I took a shot more text appeared, hence the increase in file size.The missing autogen/clouds occurred only in auto mode, 1 second period. I did some more tests and I've found something else. The problem occurs in full screen mode but it does *not* occur in windowed mode. I've never seen the problem occur in single shot mode.Best regards, Chris

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Glad to hear that's not a bug. And I'll have to check out the automatic thingy. Does it occur at higher intervals too I wonder? Try switching between capturing 'screen' and 'active window' while in fullscreen/automatic.RegardsJohan Johansonjohan@salientsoft.net

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You know more about this than I do, but perhaps there is a way to sync when you take the picture with the frames that FS is displaying. I got this to happen a lot in FSX with SS 2.21. Randomly though. Most times the picture came out ok, but every so often I'd end up with a lot of the plane not finished drawn. I don't remember if I was in full screen mode or not when it happened, I think I was. I'm pretty sure it only happened when I was take grabs while the plane was flying, that it didn't occur while FS was paused.Thomas[a href=http://www.flyingscool.com] http://www.flyingscool.com/images/Signature.jpg [/a]I like using VC's :-)N15802 KASH '73 Piper Cherokee Challenger 180

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There's probably little I can do about that, I've never heard of that before. The above method with the clipboard option might remedy that too, can you please try? Regards,Johan Johansonjohan@salientsoft.net

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Johan, I've now seen the problem occur in single shot mode. The autogen, clouds and virtual cockpit did not appear. This only happened in single shot once, so it's very rare. I haven't seen a failure using the clipboard, but quite possibly I'd have to take a large number of shots to see a problem, if any.It looks to me that there's a problem synchronising with FSX so that some shots are taken when the scene is only half-drawn.Best regards, Chris

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Hi guysThere's really no reason to why some planes appear semi-drawn, I'm afraid it's impossible to "sync". The missing cockpit is probably due to FSim's use of multiple windows layered on top of each other (like virtual cockpit is a window itself lying on top of the main window).I haven't got a chance to try FSim, I've been testing with other games like space sims and stuff like that and haven't encountered the problem.Since the "Capture clipboard" option uses a different method to capture the screen, I think this would be the solution to this problem with FSim and other games alike.I've uploaded an update tonight which will let you use the "Capture clipboard" method exactly like the "Capture screen" method. There's also been updates to the help files, which addresses this problem and suggests this solution.I hope this solution will work for you guys, please let me know.Automatic updating - Check for updates - (update)Capture settings - Hotkey - (other than prt scn)Capture settings - Capture clipboard - (check)Now use the Prt Scn button to capture your images in FSim.ThanksJohan Johansonjohan@salientsoft.net

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could you include a number naming feature with fixed digits in the next update pls., you know 001,002,003,004 instead of 1,2,3,4. With the current * the files aren't listed properly in alphabetical order. Tks

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