I forgot to mention, that I am using FrameMaker 7.0, Adobe Distiller 5.0,
and SnagIt 9 on Vista Enterprise.
I also use the distiller to create the PDF, not Save As a PDF.
Remember, even if your Frame image looks a little 'out of focus' they are
always better in PDF. You might want to run a quick PDF just so you can see
they will be okay, if you are having problems with a few 'difficult' images.
From: Susan Curtzwiler
Sent: Mon 5/18/2009 9:45 AM
To: Spectrum Writing ; Framers List
Cc: Susan Curtzwiler
Subject: RE: Screen captures and sizing
I just completed a large project - about 240 screen captures - that were
captured in SnagIt and imported by reference into the FrameMaker files.
I agree with the last comment, to import at a setting that best accepts the
size of your image, and as stated, do not use the corner handles to manually
adjust your images.
I used SnagIt with two options: the region (static images) and the time delayed
We decided to run test samples, since our screens varied in size.
The decision was to use a range of DPI settings depending on the size of the
Basically, I used a DPI range of 72 to 144 from the small (like the error
message box size) to the very large, (like the capture of a database screen).
From that point, once I got a good DPI size, if further adjustments were
needed, I used the FMKR scale tool and adjusted by percentage to maintain the
smoothing and aspect ratio.
Results: The training staff liked the improved images.
This process was adapted from info I gathered from this users group, so I hope
sharing the results helps.
From: framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com on behalf of Spectrum Writing
Sent: Mon 5/18/2009 9:16 AM
To: Framers List
Subject: Screen captures and sizing
I know that there are many graphics gurus on this list and I will be the
first to admit - I am NOT a graphics guru and it is my weakest point. That
said, I have never had any comments from clients until now about what I do
for screen captures, and I wanted either confirmation or some additional
insight on improvements for taking screen captures.
Here is the current comment from a client: Generally, I would like to keep
high quality of screen captures.
Would like to suggest using a tool that can downscale the images with a
smoothing function to keep high quality appearance. (as appear here, this is
just sub-sampling with no smoothing.)
I use SnagIt as my capture tool. I use the region option and capture either
the relevant portion that I need or if required, I take a capture of the
whole screen. I then save the capture as a .png, and use the import file
function to bring the capture into my Framemaker file. Obviously, the
default dpi is set to the fictitious Windows 96 dpi. I change the capture to
150 dpi and import. If this works for size and clarity, then I am done; if
not, I right-click on the picture and adjust the dpi until I get the size
that works for the page layout and what I am trying to show. (After much
reading on this list, and advice from another colleague, I have learned that
what I was initially taught at a long ago gig - to set the dpi to 300 and
then use the manual sizing handles - is NOT the way to go).
Can any of you graphics gurus give me some insight as to what else I should
be doing/changing or if I am doing it the right way - and if you want to
lecture me off list about dpis and stuff, that is fine with me too. I will
gladly take whatever information I can glean so that I can reply
professionally and non-emotionally to this client about why the pictures
are just fine for PDFs.
Thanks so much,
Tammy Van Boening
Spectrum Writing, LLC
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