Mar 272013
 

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Snapper is a screen-capture program, originally written by David Pilling and supplied with his scanning and image processing software, and now maintained and further developed by Chris Johnson.The software provides an easy way to save areas of the screen as sprites, something that can also be done with Paint, supplied as standard with RISC OS, but with additional options that make Snapper much more versatile.

Snapper's main window, showing the full range of options

Snapper’s main window, showing the full range of options

The screen-grab can be taken immediately, or in response to the user pressing combination of keys (which are themselves configurable), and there are options to capture the whole screen, a user-selectable area (the size of which is shown in another window along with, optionally, the co-ordinates), a specific window (including the window furniture) or a specific window’s contents (without the window furniture).

Options are also provided to remove the pointer and the menu highlight if appropriate, set a default save location, and the software can automatically bring the target window to the front of the stack, and restore its original position after the snapshot has been taken.

Just a couple of days before Christmas, Chris released version 1.20 – the first public release since version 1.17. This version now provides an option to use the desktop font to label the top bar of the snap area, and the key-combo options have been expanded to include the left and right “logo” keys (for example, on many PCs, they keys emblazoned with the Windows logo) as well as the left and right Shift, Ctrl and Alt keys. The software can also now save the resulting screen-grabs as:

  • Sprites in a drawfile wrapper.
  • PNG files.
  • JPEG files.

The latest version can be downloadedfrom two separate locations, here and here.

 

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