I’ve written before about getting screen shots in Linux, but recently I’ve been doing some screen grabs from Windows. I started using GIMP, which does a reasonable job of capturing and scaling them, then I remembered I used a tool called SnagIt when I was writing my first book. I’ve got a license for version 7, but I didn’t have it with me, so I downloaded the free trial of version 8 and within a couple of minutes I was grabbing like crazy. It allows you to select active frames and automatically scale them to size, so it’s just “grab and save”.

I used SnagIt to get the screen grabs for a RHEL5 installation when I was running a VMware client on Windows. It must have been the quickest set of screen grabs I’ve ever done.

I’ll have to dig out my version 7 license and upgrade it to 8. 🙂



Author: Tim...

DBA, Developer, Author, Trainer.

6 thoughts on “SnagIt…”

  1. Hi Tim! Thanks for trying out SnagIt 8.0! I appreciate it!

    And, we’re always looking for feedback. Feel free to pass that along as well. We’re always looking to improve SnagIt!

    Betsy Weber, Chief Evangelist

  2. Wow! (nothing to do with Vista…)

    Were you checking recent links to your website or something. That is a seriously quick response. I’m glad I didn’t say anything nasty. 🙂



  3. Hi Tim,
    I agree. SnagIT is great. So … try this. Setup snagIT to grab screenshots every 2 seconds and to automatically name (with a pattern and sequence) the files and to *automatically ignore duplicate snaps*, then you can do an extended screen-snap operation and not have to babysit the snaps capture. Minimise the SnagIT program window so it will not repaint. I use this for Install/DBCA tutorials and for scraping/catching slides in a remote meeting (like webex or whatever). That way when I am at a clients web conference, I get a complete and accurate, sequential record of all the slides in the presentation. (Since the promise of “We will distribute the powerpoint slides at the end of the conference” dosen’t always happen.

    Rick (from OracleOpenWorld 2006)

  4. Another thing for linux/remote snaps… I use VNC on my local linux box to connect to a VNC shared server. Then from my windows box connect to the same shared VNC session and use SnagIt on autosnap (with the monitor turned off so i don’t have to think about it) and do an entire days worth of VNC work (cluster, LUN, SAN, tomcat, apache, WebLogic, Database, etc) for a “specific” project and capture a “How to install project X” slides. At the end of the day, trash the ones you don’t care about and keep the rest (with the nicely sequential names).


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