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trebber Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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Oct 7, 2010 4:39 PM
I like to use Command-Shift-4 to take a screenshot of a selection on my screen, and it saves a .png to my desktop. Is there a way to specify another place to save them, like a specific FOLDER on my desktop?
MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    Oct 7, 2010 5:02 PM (in response to trebber)
    Another method for capturing screen shots in Mac OS X is by using the bundled Apple utility, Grab, located in the Applications > Utilities folder, that allows you to save it wherever you want.

    Then there's...

    http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/business/screenshotplus.html
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    Oct 7, 2010 10:52 PM (in response to trebber)
    Sorry, I haven't found a way to do that, but I suspect that AppleScript could be invoked in some way to do it, or maybe just watch folders and move any .png on the Desktop to where ever you wish.

    Seems the further we go with OSX, the fewer options in our control.
  • Bruce Bathurst Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)
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    Oct 8, 2010 12:18 AM (in response to trebber)
    Your keystrokes execute 'screencapture ~/Desktop. You can replace ~/Desktop with any file. I keep the Terminal in my dock; but if you program in any Unix script, plenty of opportunities abound.
    3B1 SysV, T1100 Minix 1.0, Other OS, 10 MHz w/512KB, 20MB HD
  • Bruce Bathurst Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)
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    Oct 8, 2010 10:23 AM (in response to trebber)
    Screencapture captures the Terminal as well, so it needs to be executed by some keystrokes. That's an Apple 'thing' that will take some research. Until then, this may help. It's fine to make one copy with software downloaded from outside the U.S.

    http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/574771#3721509
    3B1 SysV, T1100 Minix 1.0, Other OS, 10 MHz w/512KB, 20MB HD
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    Oct 8, 2010 11:10 AM (in response to trebber)
    Open Terminal and past this in & hit ENTER..

    man screencapture
  • Bruce Bathurst Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)
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    Oct 8, 2010 12:10 PM (in response to BDAqua)
    BD,

    The trouble with this is that the Terminal window is captured with the whole screen. I see there's supposed to be an easy way, using two Darwin commands; and I'm not an Apple specialist.

    The Darwin command 'screencapture' can be combined with the new 'tcsh' shell script command 'bindkey' to create a short, one-line command that can be inserted once, into the initialization file .tcshrc.

    Thereafter, one assigns that key combination to overwrite Picture.png in any Folder. An experienced programmer can assign numbers to the pictures with global variables. Because I don't know the consequence of switching scripts from bash to tcsh, and my health is bad, I think I'll have to leave this question to a helpful Apple programmer.

    My apology.
    3B1 SysV, T1100 Minix 1.0, Other OS, 10 MHz w/512KB, 20MB HD
  • jsd2 Level 5 Level 5 (6,200 points)
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    Oct 8, 2010 12:48 PM (in response to trebber)
    Hi,

    Download the current version of the excellent freeware utility [TinkerTool|http://www.bresink.com/osx/TinkerTool.html].

    It's General tab allows you to easily change both the target folder and the graphics format for your screenshots. You need to log out/in or restart afterward for the changes to take effect.
    Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • jsd2 Level 5 Level 5 (6,200 points)
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    Oct 8, 2010 6:17 PM (in response to trebber)
    Glad it worked!
    Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.6.4)

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