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Screen shots used as images in RoboHelp 2019

Community Beginner ,
Jul 01, 2022 Jul 01, 2022

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Any suggestions as to methods to make screen shots used as images in Robo Help 2019 appear more professional and consistent?  I only have access to basic graphic tools (Paint and other defaults supplied by Microsoft). I have been capturing the screen shots then importing them into Paint.  Any pointers would be appreciated.

 

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Jul 01, 2022 Jul 01, 2022

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See the screenshots in the RoboHelp Tour on my site. All done with Snagit from Techsmith. 

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Jul 03, 2022 Jul 03, 2022

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Snagit is also very affordable, which I know is often a consideration. Also, it makes it much easier to get screenshots of dialog boxes, windows and menus, and lets you easily add markup, borders, etc to your images when necessary.

 

I would also personally recommend not to take screenshots with the application maximised - the more you have to resize the image the worse the quality will be. I resize the main window to as close to the size of the final help image as I can get without cutting off information in the application, or causing unfortunate wrapping, if the application content wraps. Then I take all my screenshots with that window size (or close to) for consistency.

 

The other reason I don't take the screenshot maximised is the window edges usually give nice definition to my screenshot - I don't feel I need to add a border or anything to define the edge of my screenshot. This isn't always possible of cource, especially for web (browser) applications.

 

Alt+Print Screen will take a screenshot of the active application window, if you aren't aware of that keyboard shortcut, whereas Print Screen alone grabs the entire monitor. Less cropping is good, imo. 🙂

 

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Jul 03, 2022 Jul 03, 2022

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@Amebr Agreed but if you do have to resize, Snagit is the best tool.

 

One trick that I have found is not too well known is when you start the screenshot and the lines appear, use the up/down/left/right keys to get the shot pixel perfect.

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