NewDeal Hot Tip 1510
Screen Dumper Instructions
Screen Dumper is included in the Extras folder within the World
folder of NewDeal software. If you are using an older version
of NewDeal software that did not include Screen Dumper, you can
download it from the NewDeal web site.
Screen Dumper defaults to placing the screen dump on the
clipboard. Subsequent screen dumps will replace the item on the
clipboard, so remember to Paste the clipboard into an application
(NewDraw, Scrapbook, etc.) before making your next screen dump
when using the clipboard format.
The information below is also available by clicking the Help
item in the Screen Dumper.
The following keystrokes are recognized by Screen Dumper when the system is
- Freezes the screen and causes Screen Dumper to pay attention
to the function keys as commands. No further input is passed to any
application or the UI. The pointer may be freely moved around the screen
(but not onto another screen) and will be brought back to its starting
point when the screen is thawed.
- Creates a dump of the entire screen on which the pointer is
currently located. Does not remove the pointer image first.
The following keystrokes are recognized only after the screen has
been frozen with CTRL+SHIFT+TAB:
- Thaws the screen without dumping any piece of it.
- Bring up the main parameters box again after it's been banished,
in case you need to change any of the dumping parameters.
- This is currently inactive.
- Dumps the window under the pointer after removing the pointer
from the screen.
- Dumps the window under the pointer, leaving the pointer image
on the screen.
- Shows the current dump rectangle. The rectangle remains on
screen, where it can be moved or resized by means of the numeric
keypad, until a dump is made or the screen is thawed.
- Dump the current rectangle. If the rectangle is currently
showing, it is removed first. Note, however, that the rectangle
need not have been on screen for this command to work. If the
rectangle is not showing, the rectangle as it was last displayed
will be dumped, allowing you to create a succession of screen
dumps of the same area of the screen.
- This is currently inactive.
- Dumps the entire screen in the same manner as SHIFT+PRTSCR.
It's easiest to use the mouse to define the dumping rectangle.
After freezing the screen with CTRL+SHIFT+TAB, simply drag a rectangle
with the left mouse button. If you don't like the result, drag
a different rectangle.
When the dumping rectangle is displayed on the screen, the
numeric keypad is also activated to move and resize it. The rectangle
is moved by typing one of the numbers on the eight compass points
(for example, typing 9 on the keypad will cause the rectangle to
move up and to the right one pixel). The motion can be magnified
by modifying the keypad key with the ALT key: for example, ALT+9
will move the rectangle up and to the right 8 pixels.
If SHIFT is typed with one of the keypad keys, the rectangle
is enlarged in that direction, rather than moved: Shift+6 will
enlarge the rectangle to the right one pixel. Again, ALT can
be used to enlarge the rectangle by 8 pixels.
If CTRL+SHIFT is typed with one of the keypad keys, the rectangle
is shrunk from that direction: CTRL+SHIFT+4 will reduce the
rectangle by one pixel on its left side. Adding the ALT modifier
will shrink the rectangle by 8 pixels instead of 1.
The dumping rectangle can also be brought up/resized using the
mouse. Clicking and dragging with the left mouse button will
place one corner of the rectangle where you clicked and allow
you to resize the rectangle in any direction. When you release
the button, the rectangle will remain on-screen for you to fine
tune with the keypad, as necessary. Clicking and dragging with
the right mouse button uses the previous anchor point but allows
you to resize the rectangle as you wish.
Video Modes and Screen Dumper
Screen Dumper will only create PostScript, EPS, PCX, or TIFF
files if you are using a 16-color video driver. Change your
video driver in Preferences, Video. If you use a video driver
with higher color resolution, you can capture the screen to
the clipboard, then paste into NewDraw and export to any of the
image formats supported by NewDraw.
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Last Modified 2 Mar 1999