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Matts (1087)

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I work for MessageLabs [] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

Journal of Matts (1087)

Wednesday February 19, 2003
04:36 AM

Cool OS X feature

[ #10660 ]

Hit Cmd-Shift-4 and the pointer turns into a cross-hair. Select the area you want to screenshot by dragging the mouse. The screenshot is a PDF that ends up on your desktop!

Better still, press spacebar when the cursor is a cross hair then select the window you want to capture, and it screenshots just that window.

This is probably one of those things in my "Missing Manual" which I never got around to finishing ;-)

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  • by hfb (74) on 2003.02.19 5:27 (#17224) Homepage Journal

    called Snapz which apple started to bundle in with Jaguar. You can get the Pro X version for a small upgrade price I've been using this for years. I *heart* AmbrosiaSW :)

    • Really? I'm pretty sure the shortcuts that Matt described are built-ins rather than nabbed from Snapz (which is a great product by the way). I certainly don't have Snapz on my machine, but do have the shortcuts.

      Oh yeah, screenshots can be command-line generated as well, though I'm not really sure what this offers you over the keyboard shortcuts: maybe scriptability (and aliasing capability). The control key action is worth knowing in any case.

      ~ % screencapture

      usage: screencapture [-icmwsWx] [file] [curso
      • hmm...I thought apple had started bundling Snapz since it came with my dual powermac last fall and that shortcut Matt mentioned is exactly like the snapz shortcut.

        • Cmd-shift-4 has always [] been screenshot of the selected area all the way back to the 680x0 Macs. Cmd-shift-3 has always been capture the entire screen, and Cmd-shift-[12] used to be eject the internal/external floppy, back when that made sense.

          Ambrosia's product patched the Mac traps to override the standard behavior and use their product instead. It may well come pre-installed with some recent mac models for some period of time. (My iBook didn't come with Quicken this summer, but my iMac did this f

          • Apple apparently bundles it only with the powermacs along with Omnigraffle and Omnioutliner. I've used snapz for so long I forgot the crap one that the old Mac OS had by default. Snapz will export the screenshots to PDF or jpeg or quicktime movies. It's a pity Apple didn't license snapz as part of the OS since it's so much more usable than the one that the os has.

          • The interesting and obvious difference with OS X is that the screen shot is a PDF file. It used to be a bitmap, and changed to a PICT file in some reasonably modern release of MacOS.

            I just don't understand Apple's new love affair with PDF.

  • It is quite a cool functionality but that prevents me from using cmd+shift+4 within BBEdit and an AZERTY keyboard to switch to window 4. Anybody has a workaround to this?
    -- junior
  • I use this shortcut, too, so that I can print my calendar from Entourage.

    That's right, Entourage doesn't have any print functionality that prints a calendar like I see on the screen, which is EXACTLY the format I want on paper to go on my bulletin board.