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Friday, June 29, 2007

Taking a screenshot from Terminal!

Neither the shortcut, nor the application grab will let you take a screenshot if the application DVD player is running. I don't really understand the reason why it won't let you. There might be tons of possible reasons why you would want to do that. Also, why wouldn't it be possible if the DVD is your own home DVD? There is a way around this OS X limitation and that is to use the Terminal to take the screenshot. To do it:

1. Open the application "Terminal".
2. Copy and paste the following:

screencapture -i ~/Desktop/screenshot.png

3. That line would save the screenshot on the desktop. You can also choose another name instead of "screenshot.png". If you want it to save the file as a Jpeg, you can change the extension to ".jpg".
4. Once you wrote or pasted that line, press Enter. It will then let you select what you want to take a screenshot of.
5. That's it, the screenshot will be saved on the desktop.

Clipboard:

Instead of entering the path where the file will be saved, you can simply enter "-c" and it will copy it to the clipboard.

screencapture -i -c

Full screen:

You can also omit the "-i". This will capture the whole screen instead of just a selection. What is unfortunate about this option is that your Terminal window will appear on the screenshot.

7 Comments:

Blogger Andrew said...

The Capture widget will do it as well
http://www.dashboardwidgets.com/showcase/details.php?wid=113

June 28, 2007 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger trailguy said...

There's shareware called SnapNDrag that will let you do this even without buying the pro version. www.yellowmug.com/snapndrag/

June 28, 2007 at 11:47 PM  
Blogger Vitaliy said...

It works! : ) but I usually use Screen Shot Plus widget. It takes a picture of anything you want even when DVD player is running. I got it here http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/business/screenshotplus.html

June 29, 2007 at 1:15 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

I think it can be done with SnapzProX, at least this one lets me get screenshots of most everything.
Except one, and thats the iTunes Visuals, it wont work with that, and Ive never figured out why.
Jane

June 29, 2007 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger MacTipper said...

I wrote an applescript app to do this for me. You can download it here.

Features:

Three different file formats: JPG, PNG, TIFF
Three different save locations: Clipboard, Pictures folder and Desktop
Plus it takes every form of screenshot. (Full-Screen, Window, Selection)
Easy to use. Basic Design.
Simple for beginners, flexibale for pros!

Download it here.

MacTipper
My Mac-Tipping Blog

June 29, 2007 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

What about taking a screen shot of your log-in window?

June 29, 2007 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger isunshinei said...

Hey, found an even better way of taking a screenshot

Switch to the screen that you wan to to do screen capture
Hold down Apple key ⌘ + Shift + 3 and release all
then use your mouse to click on the screen
Done. You will see a picture file in at your desktop. That’s the screen capture picture.



You can also do a screen capture for a portion of your screen.

Switch to the screen that you wan to to do screen capture
Hold down Apple key ⌘ + Shift + 4 and release all key
Now, You will see the mouse cursor will change to +
You can start to drag your mouse to select the portion you wish to capture.
Once finish, you will see a picture file in at your desktop. That’s the screen capture picture!



If you want to do a screen capture for a particular application window, you can follow this:-

Switch to the screen that you wan to to do screen capture
Hold down Apple key ⌘ + Shift + 4 and release all key
Now, You will see the mouse cursor will change to +
Press the space bar once
You will see the mouse cursor change to a camera
Now you can use the camera to select which application window to screen capture
Once finish, you will see a picture file in at your desktop. That’s the screen capture picture!

August 23, 2008 at 5:27 PM  

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