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These are step-by-step guides to walk you through different scenarios for ScreenHunter 6 Pro.  For other Q&A, please check out the links on the right.
 

  Features
Flash video guides
ScreenHunter FAQ
All FAQ  
 
The first time user step-by-step guide

Scrolling window / Long Web page auto-scroll guide

Multi-object,  submenu capture guide

'Specific window' capture guide
 
Game / DirectX / Screen saver capture guide

Video / Movie capture guide

Shape & non-rectangular area capture guide

'Auto-capture' guide

Scheduled and recurring capture guide

Profile guide

 

'Capture Editing' guide

Color Picker guide

'Cropping, Cropping to shape and Resizing' guide

'Auto-email' guide

'Automatic file naming' guide

'Wysiwyg Printing' guide

'ScreenZoom & ScreenDraw' guide

Making PDF from a Word Document (DOC) guide

'Web capture' guide

How to make a transparent round image


 

The first time user step-by-step guide

ScreenHunter is designed so that it's always in the standby mode, ready for you to take a screenshot. The ScreenHunter main window only has four tabs. The first two, From and To are used to set the screen capture settings.

The From tab is for assigning how and what you want to capture, and the To tab is for what to add how you want to do it with the capture. The other two tabs, the Options tab provides customize choices and the Tasks tab lists other useful tools for your capture.

The following example is to capture a part of screen with the mouse pointer, save it to a JPEG file and copy to the Clipboard.

Step #1: Download & Install

  • Download the setup package, save to your hard drive and run to install.
    To run, you can press Windows + E to open Windows Explorer, then locate the downloaded file and double click on it.
  • After the install, run ScreenHunter 6 Pro from the Windows Start menu, or the icon on your desktop.



    When you run it, you will notice the ScreenHunter icon (hand) in your Windows system tray.
Step #2: What and How to Capture: "From"

Pick a Hotkey to start if you want

A hotkey is the key you press on your keyboard to actually capture. You can choose any key combination or single key, say F6 only, as your hotkey. You can always click the Capture Now button to capture.




Choose What to Capture & What to Include

  • In this example, in the Capture What group, select Rectangular area and change the settings by clicking the button on the right.
  • In the Include group box, check Mouse pointer.
 

 
Step #3: Choose Where to Save Capture: "To"
  • In this example, on the To tab, check Clipboard to copy the capture to the Windows Clipboard, and check Editor if you want to edit right after.
  • In the Save to File group box, check JPG to save to a JPEG file.
  • Select Automatic for the filename and click the filename button beside if you want to change the filenaming format.
  • Click the folder button at the bottom, and select Desktop as the location for your captures.

 

Step #4: Capture
  • Click Capture Now to capture.
    - or -
    Press your hotkey on your keyboard, F6 in this case, to capture a rectangular area on the screen. You can set to show a crosshair, and a Zoombox magnifies the area. They can be customized on the Options tab. It uses the Highlight color to highlight the area.
  • Press the left mouse button down and drag it to anywhere on the screen until the area is what you like, then release the mouse button.


If Adjustable Rectangle is checked on the Rectangular Capture Settings dialog, after you release your mouse, the selected area is shown highlighted. You can use your mouse or arrow keys to fine tune the selection and press the Enter or Space bar on your keyboard to finish.

 
Step #5: Done - Get Your Screenshot
  • Pick up your capture on your Desktop.
  • If you use another location to save your captures, open Windows Explore (press Windows + E). Go to your file folder assigned in Step #3 to pick up your JPEG file.
  • The capture is also copied to the Clipboard, that you can paste to another program, such as MS Word.


To Cancel

Right-click the mouse button to cancel.

When you have started capturing and Zoombox is shown or auto-scrolling, press the Esc key to cancel.

To cancel auto-capturing:

  • Press the hotkey again
  • Open the main ScreenHunter screen and press the Stop button
  • Press the Stop button on the toolbar in Image Editor.
Note
This is a very basic way to use ScreenHunter. Explore more features for details on how to get the most out of ScreenHunter.


A video guide


Scrolling window / Long Web page auto-scroll guide

This feature is used for capturing a scrollable area that is currently outside of the viewing area of the window. You can set to auto-scroll vertically or horizontally.

Auto-scroll will start from the current window scrolling position.

Because scrolling is application-dependent, auto-scroll may not work with all applications, such as windows that contain constantly changing elements. The scrolling speed also depends on the machine and content of the window. You may need to adjust the scroll delay on the Scrolling Window / Web capture Settings dialog.

Note
For long web pages, please,

  • Use Internet Explore (IE) to view and capture.
  • Pause any moving objects, videos, flash movies, or wait until they are still to start scrolling.

A video guide



Step-by-step Example

I want to auto-scroll and capture a long web page, say IE showing "Google News".

  1. On the From tab, choose F6 only as my hotkey and select Scrolling window / Web in the Capture What group.  On the Scrolling Window / Web capture Settings dialog, pick Vertical to scroll a web page. And start with a default Scroll Delay, which is the time to allow the scrolled part to appear properly after each scroll. It can be short for fast machines.


  2. On the To tab, check Editor. (It's not necessary to have any files checked at the same time.)
  3. Make sure Google News is showing in IE and pause any moving objects like videos etc. and wait for any animation to finish.
    Now, press my hotkey F6 and move the mouse to find a scrollable object. A scrollable object is a child window, which is the smallest window containing the scrollable content. In this case, is the IE showing "Google News".
  4. Press the left-mouse button to start auto-scrolling. If the window is not scrollable, a warning message is displayed. If the window contains large complex content, or the machine is slow, changing Scroll Delay to a longer one could help scrolling.

    [Controlled Scroll/Cancellation]
    Press the ESC key on my keyboard or right-click the mouse button to stop auto-scrolling and capture the scrolled part so far. I can use this to control where to start and finish in order to capture a specific part of a large scrollable window.

Note
For a Microsoft Office file, such as Word or Excel file, you can save the file in the HTML format (choose Save as Web Page... in the File menu). And then use IE to load the HTML file to be auto-scrolled. HTML files showing in IE work better on auto-scroll.


Multi-object, submenu capture guide

  1. Select Window / Object / Menu in the Capture What group and check Multiple objects to capture more than one object, such as menu blocks, buttons and windows.



    Note
    Multiple objects
    and Text are mutually exclusive, that only one of these can be checked at a time.

  2. Press your hotkey on your keyboard or click Capture Now to capture. When capturing multiple objects, click the left mouse button to add an object, and press Enter or Space bar on your keyboard to finish. 

    E.g. to capture three objects on the Windows Explorer as below:



  3. Because menu is application dependent, if the above doesn't work, you can choose Full screen (and even check Advanced capture) to capture the full screen with your menu and crop it in the Image Editor.

    Click here for Advanced capture.

How to video guide:


'Specific Window' capture guide

You can use ScreenHunter to lock-in a specific window and capture even it's minimized. This is useful when you need to capture a specific window periodically, and it's sometime minimized that you may work on other things. Click here for scheduled capture.

  1. Choose Specific window in the Capture What group.



    More settings are available by clicking the settings button beside the radio button.




     
  2. You can use the Window Picker tool to pick up your window to capture.
    To pick a window, press your mouse button down on the Window Picker icon and drag your mouse to find your target window and release the mouse button.
    Or, you can enter the exact window title of the window you want to capture.

    Choose the Refresh time before capturing. This is needed when the window is minimized. It is also application dependent that it takes time to open the window before capturing.

Once you're done with the options, you can use the same way as in regular window to capture.


Game / DirectX / Screen saver capture guide

Using ScreenHunter to capture game, screen saver and special menu screens is just a 3-step process. Here is an example to capture a game screen with no delay.

[Step-by-step Example]

  1. On the From tab, choose F6 only as my hotkey. It's recommended to use a simple function key to capture games and screen saver screens (why?).

    Select Full screen in Capture What and check Advanced.



    On the To tab, check Editor to get the capture in the Image Editor. No need to check any file at the same time (only if you want to save to a file right away).
  2. Now, run your game program.
  3. Press F6 on your keyboard.

    If it's a game screen, you may need to press several times to capture more than once (why?). If it's a screen saver, it may terminate the screen saver because a key has been pressed.
  4. Go to the Image Editor to find your capture.

    If the Viewer is not showing in the Windows taskbar, right-click the ScreenHunter icon in the system tray, choose 'Open Editor' from the menu. Or, click the Image Editor link at the bottom of the Main Window or on the Tasks tab. 


Video / Movie capture guide

Some systems have graphics hardware which can do a hardware overlay of video on the screen that can bypasses the normal Windows display. As a result, screenshots may be all black. In order to capture movie and video screens, here is a step-by-step guide,

  1. Select 'Video screen' in the 'Capture What' group on the From tab and only check 'Editor' on the To tab. (Check any image file in the 'Save to File' group only if you need to save right away.)
  2. Press the hotkey to capture while the movie is playing. You may see the movie screen disappearing when dragging the mouse. That's alright. Keep dragging and selecting the area. 
  3. If nothing (only black screen) has been captured in Editor, pause the movie, set the focus to the movie screen (click the movie window once), and try again.

  4. If you still cannot see the capture after Step 3, uncheck "Overlays" in your player.
     

    [Media Player]

    Uncheck 'Use overlays'

      
     


    Media Player 11

      

     

      [WinAmp]

    Disallow overlay.



     

    [RealPlayer]

    Disable optimized video and overlay.

      

     

  5. If you still cannot see the capture after Step 4, disable "Hardware Acceleration" in your player and pause to capture again.

    [Media Player] Change the "Hardware Acceleration" slider to None on the following dialog box. 

    [Media Player 6.4 and earlier] View>Options>Playback
    [Media Player 7 to 10] Tools>Options>Performance
    [Media Player 11] Now Playing>More Options>Performance

    [RealPlayer] Open View>Preferences. On the "Performance" tab, uncheck "Use optimized video display".

    [QuickTime5] Edit>Preferences>QuickTime Preferences... Select "Video Settings" from the drop down list and uncheck "Enable DirectDraw Acceleration".

  6. If you still cannot see the capture after Step 5, disable your machine hardware acceleration and pause to capture again.

    [Windows 2000/XP] Open "Display" on the Control Panel. Click the "Advanced..." button on the "Settings" tab. Find the "Troubleshooting" tab and change the "Hardware acceleration" slider to None and click OK. 


    ScreenHunter 6 can change the "Hardware acceleration" when run in XP.

Some machines can capture movie / video screens by using step 4 or 5 only. Since disabling hardware acceleration will slow down many applications, you may want to put the settings back after taking screenshots.

[Vista & Windows 7]
To disable, you need to change the ScreenHunter 6 program settings.
Locate the ScreenHunter 6 icon on your desktop or in Windows Explorer and follow the instructions below. 

Note
i
f it's played from a DVD player, it is possible that it is protected as per DVD copyright protection format.

 
 
 

 

 

 


Shape / Non-Rectangular area capture guide

Non-rectangular capture options include Freehand, Ellipse, Round Rectangle and Polygon.

  1. Choose Shape in Capture What. And click the settings button on the right to choose settings.





  2. Select a shape form Freehand, Ellipse, Round Rectangle and Polygon. Background color is used to mask a shape and multi-object capture.

    E.g. select 'Polygon' with 4 sides.

Once you're done with the options, you can use the same way as rectangular area to capture.


'Auto-capture' guide

Use the Auto-capture feature to capture automatically at any given interval. The timer is also flexible to set up duration, so you can monitor and record your PC activities in a sure way. 

[Step-by-step Example]

  1. On the From tab, choose F6 only as the hotkey, and select Fixed area to capture. The auto-capture option will be available when Fixed area, Active window, Specific window or Full screen is selected in Capture What.  
    Check Auto-capture every .... Choose to capture every 10 seconds and select the 'for' radio button to set duration for 10 minutes. Auto-capture will stop when the duration is reached. (Or, choose the 'forever' radio button to stop manually.)


     
  2. On the To tab, check one ore more files to save. Select Automatic for filename.

    Note
    The 'Ask me' radio is disabled when using auto-capture.
  3. Now, press your hotkey F6 on your keyboard to capture.
    You will notice the system tray icon is changed to show that it has started auto-capturing.
     


To stop auto-capturing when it has started
Press the
hotkey again.
-Or-
Open the main screen and press the Stop button. The button will only be enabled when auto-capturing.
-Or-
Press the Stop button on the toolbar in Image Editor.

Note
If the interval is set to less than 10 seconds, no messages are displayed after each capture. 




Scheduled / recurring capture guide

You can use ScreenHunter scheduled capture feature to set up any date and time to capture your screen in the future.  It is available when Fixed area, Active window, Specific window or Full screen is selected in Capture What. It can combine with the auto-capture to start auto-capturing at any given date and time, or taking screenshots periodically -- recurring.

[Step-by-step example, a fixed area of screen]

  1. On the From tab, choose F6 only as the hotkey, and select Fixed area to capture. 


    Check Start at to set date and time. Click the drop-down to select the date. Type or press up and down arrows to set the hour, minute and second.



    If you want to take screenshots periodically, check Recurring.

    Recurring capture can be set at any starting time, and you can choose timing options on the Recurring Capture Settings dialog,



  2. On the To tab, check files to save
  3. The ScreenHunter icon in the system tray will change to hand with a clock. This indicates the scheduled capture feature is turned on.


Profile guide

A profile is a collection of settings you have picked on the From and To tab, such as what to capture and where to save your captures. You can name a profile and define a new hotkey and use it anytime by point and click.

The top-right button will show
the current status that either a profile is used or no profile is used. Click the button to show the Profile Manager dialog.

Profile Manager

Use this hotkey with current settings
Choose to use no profile and set a hotkey for all captures. It will use the currently selected settings on the From and To tab to capture.

Use profile
Choose to use a profile. Some profile details are listed on the right as the From and To settings.
All profiles are listed and currently selected profile is highlighted.

Sync with current settings
It will use the currently selected settings on the From and To tab to update the selected profile (Profile name and hotkey will not change).

Add New Profile
It will use the currently selected settings on the From and To tab to save to a profile with your name and hotkey choices.

Change
You can select a profile and change the Profile Name and Hotkey.

Export
A profile can be exported to an external file that you can use it later or somewhere else. The Profile file is in the XML format.

Import
You can import and use any profile file exported previously.


You may click the Up and Down buttons to change the order.


You can Delete a profile by highlighting the profile and clicking this button.


'Capture Editing' guide

Part 1: Bitmap Editing    Part 2: Object Editing 

ScreenHunter Image Editor is a unique multiple image editor that combines bitmap and vector object editing into one.

As long as Editor is checked on the To tab, your capture will be loaded into Image Editor.

Your captured image will be loaded as bitmap first. On top of it, you can add drawing objects such as arrows and bubbles and adding text. It comes with an array of bitmap editing features, such as cropping to shape and advanced image processing. As well, you will find object features like adding boxes, highlighting cycles, symbols and speech bubbles.

As long as you save to the ScreenHunter file format (.SHF), it will keep objects editable. And
can always export to JPG, .PNG, etc. files as you go.



The image editor works in a 'pick-a-tool-and-apply-an-action' fashion.

Part 1: Bitmap Editing


A bitmap (or raster) image is one of the two major graphic types (the other being vector objects).
A bitmap is composed of small colored dots called pixels in a grid. A photo or your screenshot is a bitmap.

ScreenHunter Image Editor combines the functionality of photo-editing, painting and vector-drawing in one easy-to-use user interface. You can take your screenshot and edit it by drawing and painting with bitmap tools, by converting vector objects to bitmap images, or by opening or importing images.

It has a powerful set of features for tone and color adjustment, as well as a number of ways to retouch your bitmap screenshots, including cropping, resizing, border adding and rotation. In addition, Image Editor has a set of artistic effect tools -- Dilate, Edge, Erode and Jitter.


Bitmap Tools Panel
(more bitmap features)

Pixel Selection Tools
The pixel selection tools draw selection marquees that define the area of selected pixels. After you draw the selection marquee, you can manipulate it by moving it, cut, copy, or apply other adjustments to the area selected, or delete pixels without affecting the pixels beyond the selection.

The Marquee tool selects a rectangular area of pixels in an image.
The Lasso tool selects a freehand area of pixels in an image.

Note
Copy
- If no area is selected,
clicking the Copy button or right-click or choosing Copy from the menu will copy the entire image to the Clipboard.
If an area is selected, then the area will be copied, not the entire image.
If objects are selected, only objects are copied, ready to be pasted to an image in Image Editor.



Cropping and Resizing Tools
The crop tools enables us to remove unwanted areas of an image.

After an area is selected by one of the selection tools above, you can click this cropping tool to crop right away.

Crop to shape or resize image...
Click this button to crop the entire image or a selected area to a shape or, resize the whole image.
Select the options on the following dialog and click OK to finish.

Crop to shape
You can crop to a shape from the list as "cookie cutters". You can use the selection tools to select an area first.

Note
If no area is selected, it will apply to the whole image.

Eg.

Resize the whole image
Resize the entire image with your choice.

  • Keep aspect ratio
    Choose to resize the image while keeping the aspect ratio.
    • To this width
      Resize to match this width in pixels.
    • To this height
      Resize to match this height in pixels.
    • Percentage
      Resize to this percentage.
  • Zoomed to this fixed size
    Choose to zoom to this size regardless of the aspect ratio.

Add space to sides, not zoomed
Enter the number of pixels to the sizes you want to add space.


Paint Tools

The Flood Fill tool fills the pixels that you click, and neighboring pixels of similar color, with the Flood color and opacity set below.

Flood Fill Tolerance
Neighboring pixels are only filled if their values fall within this range. So it can be used as a magic wand.

Eg. Click on the snowboard (both with 100% opacity)

With 10% tolerance

With 50% tolerance.

The Brush tool is for painting brush strokes on the image. It uses the width, color and opacity set below.
Brush Width
Flood Fill Color
You can click and pick any color on your screen using the color picker.
Brush Color
You can click and pick any color on your screen using the color picker.

The Flood Fill and Brush Opacity (2%: Mostly transparent - 100%: Complete opaque)

Bitmap Menu









Artistic Effects Sub Menu

Menu Item Function
Crop Selected Area
Crop to Shape & Resize...
Click here to see the details.


Add Border...


Similar to adding a border to your capture right away on the To tab, you can add a border to your capture later or to any image.



You can set width and choose a style and colors.
Shadow
Glow
Fade
3D


Rotate Left

Rotate Right

Mirror

Flip

Rotate...

On the Rotate dialog, you can choose a degree to rotate and a background color.

Note
Rotation will always apply to the whole image, not a selection.



Brightness & Contrast...
You can make a selection and apply the brightness & contrast changes through the dialog.

Note
If no selection is made, it will apply to the whole image.



RGB & Hue...
You can make a selection and apply the color changes through the dialog.



Smoothness...
You can make a selection and apply the smoothness changes through the dialog.



Gamma Correction...
You can make a selection and apply the Gamma Correction through the dialog.



Threshold...
You can make a selection and apply the Threshold changes through the dialog.

 

Auto Levels
You can use Auto Levels to make tonal range adjustments for a selection or the whole image. It will adjust highlights, midtones, and shadows automatically.

Gray Scale
You can make it gray for a selection or the whole image.


Negative
You can make it negative for a selection or the whole image.


Artistic Effects Sub Menu


Add Noise
You can add noise for a selection or the whole image.

Note
Each time you choose the menu, it will add noise on top of the current image.



Patterned Glass
You can add a patterned glass effect for a selection or the whole image.



Dilate
You can add a dilate effect for a selection or the whole image.



Edge
You can add an edge effect for a selection or the whole image.



Emboss
You can add an emboss effect for a selection or the whole image.



Erode
You can add an erode effect for a selection or the whole image.



Jitter
You can add a jitter effect for a selection or the whole image.



Median
You can add a median effect for a selection or the whole image.

 


Change Bit Depth (Bpp)...
You can change the color depth of an image through the dialog.



Count Colors
You can count the number of colors used in an image.



Mix Two Images...
You can mix two images together to be one new image. You can choose a mix type from the drop-down box.

Note
This menu item will be available only when there are two or more images open in the image editor.


Part 2: Object Editing

Rather than painting directly on an image, you can draw a vector object on a layer that is composited over the image. Object drawing is a shape-based process where every line, brush stroke, and shape is editable.


Object Tools and Properties Panel

ScreenHunter has many tools for drawing vector objects. You can draw basic shapes, arrows, freehand paths, and load symbols and pictures. Once an object is created or selected, the Properties panel displays the properties of the currently selected object.


The Object Selection tool selects one or more objects.

Note
Before you can do anything with any object, you must use this tool to select it.

Once an object is selected, the properties panel displays the properties of the object and you can make changes on the panel.

[To select an object]

Make sure to click this Object Selection tool, then

  • Click the object

  • Drag an selection area around the objects

  • To add an object to the selection, hold down the Shift key and click the object

  • To toggle an object in the selection, hold down the Ctrl key and click the object

Note
All objects can be converted to the bitmap. Once they are converted, painted, they become part of the bitmap and not editable anymore.


Objects



The Arrow and Line tool

[To draw a vector object]
  1. Click the object tool, e.g. arrow and line tool. It will appear as pressed down.
  2. Point your mouse to the starting point on the image and press down the left mouse button.
  3. Keep pressing down the mouse button and drag cross to the end point and release the left button.
  4. Don't worry about the color, size or position of the object, you can change that on the properties panel.

Note
The last changed property values will be used as the default values when you create a new object, such as Line Width, Color, etc.

 

The Rectangle tool

Note
You can add text to any rectangles, round rectangles, ellipses, bubbles and shapes.

[To add & edit text on an object]

  1. Select the object, e.g. rectangle.
  2. Do any of the following,
    • Double-click the object
    • Press the Enter key or
    • Press the Space key or
    • Press Ctrl + Alt + T or
    • Select Add & Edit Text from the Objects menu

 

The Round Rectangle tool

To adjust the roundness, drag the yellow handle and move.

Note
You can add a drop shadow to any rectangles, round rectangles, ellipses and pictures.

The Ellipse tool

Please see the Rectangle and Round Rectangle tool for details.
 

The Bubble tool



Note
It uses the same way to add text as for rectangles above.
 

The Shape tool

You can change angle, sides color, and etc, on the Properties Panel.



Note
To adjust the side angle, drag the yellow handle and move.
 

The Freehand Line tool


Note
To adjust the curves, drag a blue handle and move.
 

The Symbol tool

Symbols are like icons that you can place anywhere as an object. When the Symbol tool is clicked, you can choose a symbol from the Symbol Picker dialog. The Symbol group dropdown lists the available symbol groups.



Note
To change a symbol that has been created, you can double-click on the symbol or click the Change Symbol button on the Properties Panel to change.
 

The Picture tool

A picture can be loaded using the Picture tool. As a picture object, you can resize and place anywhere on the image and keep floating.



On the Properties Panel,
  • When Lock size is checked, the picture will be kept in the original size and not resizable.
  • When Lock aspect radio is checked, the picture can be resized but the width and height aspect ratio will be kept as in the original picture.
  • Check Drop shadow to add a drop shadow.

Note
You can add a drop shadow to any rectangles, round rectangles, ellipses and pictures.

More object editing features are available from the Object menu.

Object Menu










Menu Item Function
Add & Edit Text Click here to see the details.

Convert Objects to Bitmap

Select All Objects
When one or more objects are selected, you can convert them to bitmap.

Note
Once they are converted, painted, they become part of the bitmap and they are not editable anymore.

Bring to Front

Bring Forward

Send Backward

Send Back
If there is more than one object and when they overlap, ScreenHunter stacks objects based on the order in which they were created, placing the most recently created object on the top of the stack.

You can change the order by selecting the object and choosing the menu items.

Eg. for the blue star object:

Bring to Front

Send Backward


Send Back


Bring Forward

 


Align Left
You can select more than one object and apply the alignment functions.

Note
  • Alignment menu items are only available when there is more than one object selected.
  • The red color handles indicate the first selected object and it is also the anchor object.



Align Center Vertically
You can select more than one object and apply the alignment functions.



Align Right
You can select more than one object and apply the alignment functions.



Align Top
You can select more than one object and apply the alignment functions.



Align Center Horizontally
You can select more than one object and apply the alignment functions.



Align Bottom
You can select more than one object and apply the alignment functions.

 

Make Same Width

Make Same Height

Make Same Size
You can select more than one object and apply the sizing functions.

Note
  • These items are only available when there is more than one object selected.
  • The red color handles indicate the first selected and also anchor object.

Note
In the Image Editor, the bitmap image will remain in its original quality and all objects will remain in the SHF format that objects are editable even you export (save as) to other format, such as a JPG file. If you want to load the saved JPG file, you need to load the JPG file from your hard drive.
You can always convert drawing objects to bitmap if you need to.

 
 
 

'Cropping, Cropping to shape and Resizing' guide

First, please take a look a the "Cropping and Resizing Tools" above.

Here is a scenario,
"When an image is captured it always appears in the upper left corner of the work area. Can I move that captured image to the middle of the work area? This would enable me to put call outs, etc on either side of the captured image which would make to competed image more attractive. How do I do it?"

Here are 4 steps:

Step #1:

Step #2:

Step #3:

Step #4:



Color Picker guide

Wisdom-soft Color Picker provides a convenient way to pick a color anywhere on your screen. It shows both the RGB and hexadecimal color code.

To pick a color anywhere on screen

Press down Press, Move-n-Pick and holding down your left mouse button. Then, move your mouse to anywhere on the screen where you want to pick a color from, and release the mouse button.

Hide this when picking
Check to hide the dialog when picking up a color on the screen.

 

'Auto-email' guide

ScreenHunter can send your capture directly to the default email outbox without human intervention. 

If you want to monitor your PC activities every minute, you can use auto-capture to capture a screen every minute and send email using the auto-emailing feature. So you can monitor your PC activities anywhere in the world.

Check Settings

From your IE, you can check to make sure which email program is set up, e.g. Outlook email program is used.

Step-by-step Example

You have Outlook on your machine as you regular email. You want to send captures automatically.

  1. When ScreenHunter is started, it checks to see if an email manager is installed on your machine. If it is, when Email is selected on the To tab, email settings on the Email tab will be enabled. If the PC is not set up to use email, all email related controls will be disabled. 
    In Outlook, set to Send/Receive messages every minute.
  2. In order to use email, check File and Email on the To tab to send a capture as an email attachment. On the Email Options dialog, choose 'Send automatically' to tell ScreenHunter to send email right away. Click the 'To...' button to pick email recipients from the address book or type email addresses in the To and CC field. Enter a subject and message.
    You can send a test email to see if it works with your settings. Clicking 'Check and Send a test email' will check and send an email with a sample attachment to your email outbox.
  3. If the above works, press your hotkey to capture a screen.
  4. After capturing, the capture should be sent to the Outlook outbox. Since you have set Outlook to send email every minute, the email will be sent automatically.


 

'Automatic file naming' guide

The automatic file naming feature is to save captures with automatically generated file names, so you don't have to stop each time you capture and you can capture as many as you like.

Step-by-step Example

Scenario: "I would like to press a hotkey and have ScreenHunter automatically capture what is in the active window, build it to a file and automatically create the file name without me being interrupted by having to select the window or select a portion of the window. This way, I can walk through an entire application process in order and later go back and gather the screens into a document adding notes."

  1. Click the Hotkey & Profile button on the top-right, choose your hotkey, say F6.
    On the From tab, choose Active Window in the Capture What group.
    On the To tab, check the files to save. (It's not required to check Editor or Clipboard at the same time.) Select to save file JPEG and select Automatic for Filename. This is to tell ScreenHunter to save your captures automatically with a generated filename.



  2. Click the button to show the Automatic File Naming Settings dialog.



    Check Number of digits and choose 2 that if you want to have a fixed number of digits, 01, 02, etc.
    Highlight an item in the Order list box and click the up and down buttons on the right to change the text sequence.

    Note
    The Prefix or suffix can be set in any sequence. E.g. the prefix can be in the middle and suffix can be in the front.

    Select Never overwrite (generate a new filename) that when a newly generated filename already exists in the current folder, it always generates a new filename automatically.

  3. We need to tell where the files will be saved. In the Folder area on the To tab, click the folder button and pick, such as the Desktop as your capture location.
     
  4. On the Options tab, in the After Capture group, uncheck the messages that will show after each capture.

  5. It's now ready, that you can minimize ScreenHunter if you like.
     
  6. Make sure your target window is active and has the focus. Then press your hotkey F6 on your keyboard to capture.
    Go to your Desktop to find your capture.


 

'Wysiwyg Printing' guide

ScreenHunter provides a 'Wysiwyg -- What you see is what you get' printing feature that shows the actual image that will be printed on paper.

You can also send the capture directly to the printer.
 There're 2 ways to set print options and print.

  1. Print button in Image Editor to show the print dialog.
  2. For automatic printing, check the button beside the Printer checkbox on the To tab.

 

Note
This screenshot shows the Print dialog originated from the Editor with an actual image. If it is originated from the To tab, it will show a sample image which will be replaced by your capture in the future.

Print in original image size

Select to print the image in the original image size, pixel by pixel on the page. Since the normal image captured on the screen has a resolution of the screen, usually 96 dpi (dot per inch) or 120 dpi, and a modern printer can have 600 dpi or more, the image may look small in the original size.

Fit to page
Select to zoom the image to the page size, keeping the aspect ratio.

Zoom to

Select to print the image zoomed to your choice. The maximum will be the size that fits to the page size.

Smooth zooming
Check to use high quality zooming when zoomed.

Printer Settings....
Click to set up and change the printer.

Print Now
Click to print directly to the printer using the current settings.
TThis button is only available when loaded from Image Editor.

How to setup the default Printer settings

The printer default settings are not set in any application. It's set by Windows Printers. Here are the steps,

1. Click the Windows Start button and then, Printers and Faxes.

2. On the Printers and Faxes window, highlight the default printer (with a check mark on the icon), and right click. Select "Printing Preferences...". The settings you pick on the "Printing Preferences" dialog will be used as the default values.

 

'ScreenZoom & ScreenDraw' guide

ScreenHunter ScreenZoom provides a convenient way to enlarge your screen anytime to see what's going on on the screen and draw lines and notes on the screen. This can be integrated into your demo, discussion and training sessions, etc. You also can "freeze" the screen and directly draw on it by using ScreenDraw.



To enlarge the screen, run ScreenZoom
Press your ScreenZoom hotkey to enlarge, and you can then draw or highlight it on screen.

To draw on the screen without ScreenZoom
Press your ScreenDraw hotkey to enter the mode, and you can draw on screen.

To cancel the ScreenZoom or ScreenDraw mode
Press one of the following to cancel,

  • The hotkey again
  • Right-click the mouse
  • The Esc key
  • The Space key


ScreenZoom Settings
Click the settings button beside the ScreenZoom link in the Tasks group on the Tasks tab to set up.

Use these hotkeys to start/stop
This group is for setting up the hotkeys you press on your keyboard to start or stop zooming the screen, or just ScreenDraw.
Click the buttons to change the hotkeys.

Change the pen color or clear
You can press these keys on your keyboard
to change the pen color when it's in the ScreenZoom or ScreenDraw mode.

Change the pen width (2-14)
You can press these arrow keys on your keyboard to change the pen width when it's in the ScreenZoom or ScreenDraw mode.
The width can be 2 to 14 pixels.


Making PDF from Word Document (DOC) guide

You can use the saving to PDF feature to create a PDF file from a Word file.

Here is an example of how to make a PDF from a Word 2003 document.


Step 1
Make your document in Word 2003.



Step 2
Click Print Preview.


Step 3
In Print Preview, enlarge it to 100% to 200% for better viewing in the PDF file later.


Step 4
Use your ScreenHunter Pro and choose Scrolling Window to capture and copy to the ScreenHunter Image Editor.


Step 5
In Image Editor, Zoom out (press Ctrl+-) and crop the word part only.


Step 6
Save and get your PDF file.






Note
You may also save your Word document as an HTML file or web page (choose Save As... or Web page preview from the File menu), and using auto-scroll to capture it in IE.


'Web capture' guide

ScreenHunter Web capture provides a convenient way to search and download images related to a website on the Internet. It downloads and saves images locally on your hard drive.

Note
Web capture, downloading is site dependent, which means not all images on a web page can be downloaded. You can try to use auto-scroll to capture a long web page.

Before Web capture
Make sure your PC is connected directly to the Internet. There should have no proxy server in between.

To run Web capture

  1. Click Web Capture... on the Tasks tab to show the 'Web Capture' dialog.

  1. Enter the website URL, such as 'www.wisdom-soft.com/sample' in the URL edit box and the folder location where all downloaded files are stored.
  2. Press Start to start Web capturing. The current status is displayed in the status box at left.
  3. You can press 'Stop' to stop at any time.


How to make a transparent round image?

Scenario: "What I want is to take a snippet of an image, e.g. taking a cloud out of a sky image, and have only the cloud as a final image, masking everything out. So I use the "non-rectangular" capture options, but the result is always rectangular. I want the result to be round. I don't want the rectangular background. How do I do that?"

In ScreenHunter 6 Pro, you can save your screenshot as a GIF file and set the transparent color to be the same as the square box (background) color. Then, when you use this GIF file, say on your web page, the square box will not show, hence you'll see the round part only. JPEGs and BMPs do not support transparency.

Step-by-step example,

  1. Choose Shape in the Capture What group. And click the settings button beside.
    Choose your 'Background color' on the "Non-rectangular Area Capture Options" dialog. E.g. a dark gray.






  2. On the To tab, choose GIF File (*.gif) and, check Transparent color to choose the one exact the same as in Step 1. Please make sure to pick the exact same color (same code) as the Background color above.


  3. Capture your screenshot. The saved GIF file will have the outside square box transparent when viewed in a web browser, or Word. In some viewers, such as ScreenHunter Viewer, you'll still see the gray background color. This is for your editing purposes.

     

     
  4. You can add this transparent GIF image to your web page, say using Microsoft FrontPage, that it will have its background transparent.


  5. Alternatively, if you have an image with a different background, you can use Image Editor to save it in a transparent GIF file.



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