Using the Windows Snipping Tool with Adobe Captivate [SIMULATION]

There’s a lively discussion happening now internally by members of the Adobe Captivate 5 prerelease program on the topic of whether Adobe Captivate should include a¬†screen capturing tool.

The idea is that often times you need to supplement your Adobe Captivate projects with a simple screen shot of a dialog box, or a rectangular snapshot of an area of the screen, so I’m somewhat in agreement with this argument, especially if you don’t already have a dedicated screen capturing tool.

Having said that, there’s a little known utility included with Windows 7 called the Snipping Tool and after I tweeted about it some time ago, one of my followers pointed out that it was also included with Windows Vista, so my take is why not use it.

If you haven’t discovered this utility, you are not alone, most people haven’t either. Here’s a simple Adobe Captivate simulation, which show where to find this utility and how to use it with Adobe Captivate. The simulation shows Windows 7 and Adobe Captivate 5 but the overall steps also apply to Windows Vista and Adobe Captivate 4.

Click the play button to begin the simulation:

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7 Responses to Using the Windows Snipping Tool with Adobe Captivate [SIMULATION]

  1. Allen Cobb says:

    If you happen to have Microsoft OneNote installed on a Win machine (including Win7) there is a nice multi-display-aware screen region capture built in. You activate it by holding the “Windows” key (the window logo that looks like a flag) and pressing “S”. Then just drag a region, or click without dragging (or press Escape) to cancel. The capture shows up in OneNote’s “unfiled” notebook, and from there you can save (or use the copy that’s also on the clipboard). You can also set an option to copy to clipboard only.In Win7, the Snipping Tool works in a similar way, but provides the mini popup with annotation features. To annotate with the OnNote version, one would use the features in OnNote, which are of course more elaborate than Snipping Tool. Both approaches have their advantages, and seem to work quite well.I like the fact that the OneNote snipper is always there (because I allow OneNote to remain resident). But I also like using the Snipping Tool for quickly capturing & roughly annotating in one operation.

  2. Snipping tool is very useful, for simple captures: also in Win 7 of course (you did not mention the last version of Win, RJ). Pinned it right away to the Taskbar and do use it more and more when answering questions and not having the time to create a CP-movie.

  3. RJ Jacquez says:

    Hi Allen, thank you for the comment. I have used MS OneNote in the past and also like the way in which it enables screen capturing.Just like you, I like the Snipping Tool for quickly capturing something on my screen and either emailing it or incorporating it into a Captivate project.Thanks again for taking the time to post a comment.RJ

  4. Joe Ganci says:

    As Captivate 5 now is a Mac product as well, note the snipping tools available on Macs. There are a lot of options. The one I use the most is Command-Shift-4 (see below). I copied this from another website a long time ago but I don’t remember where.# To capture the entire desktop, press Command-Shift-3. The screen shot will be automatically saved as a file on your desktop.# To copy the entire desktop, press Command-Control-Shift-3. The screen shot will be placed on your clipboard for you to paste into another program.# To capture a portion of the desktop, press Command-Shift-4. A cross-hair cursor will appear and you can click and drag to select the area you wish to capture. When you release the mouse button, the screen shot will be automatically saved as a PNG file on your desktop. (The file is saved as PDF in Mac OS 10.3 and earlier.)# To capture a specific application window, press Command-Shift-4, then press the Spacebar. The cursor will change to a camera, and you can move it around the screen. As you move the cursor over an application window, the window will be highlighted. The entire window does not need to be visible for you to capture it. When you have the cursor over a window you want to capture, just click the mouse button and the screen shot will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop. (The file is saved as PDF in Mac OS 10.3 and earlier.)# Add Control to the two shortcuts above to place the screen shot on the clipboard instead of saving it to the desktop.# Another method for capturing screen shots in Mac OS X is by using the bundled Apple utility, Grab, located in the Applications > Utilities folder. Grab is useful if you need to include a cursor or a menu in your screen shot, or if you want to save your screen shot to TIFF format. To include a cursor, first go to Grab Preferences and select the cursor icon you wish to have in your screen shot. To capture the screen with Grab, run Grab, then choose of the capture modes from the “Capture” menu: Selection, Window, Screen, Timed Screen.# When you choose the Selection mode in Grab, you can capture a specific region of the screen by dragging around it. Grab will display a tooltip showing the size of the region you have selected and the screen shot will open in a window when you release the mouse button. The cursor will not be included.# When you choose the Window mode in Grab, an instruction window will appear asking you to select the window you wish to capture, then click the “Choose Window” button. When you click the button, the instructions will disappear and the window you click ill be captured, including the mouse cursor at the position where you click (if a cursor was selected in Preferences).# When you choose the Screen mode in Grab, an instruction window will appear asking you to click the screen when you are ready to capture. The mouse cursor will be included in your screen shot at the position where you click (if a cursor was selected in Preferences).# When you choose the Timed Screen mode in Grab, an instruction window will appear, allowing you to prepare your screen for capture. When you are ready, press the “Start Timer” button and you will have ten seconds before the screen is captured. This allows you to open menus and sub-menus, if necessary. After ten seconds the entire screen will be captured. The mouse cursor will be included in your screen shot if a cursor was selected in Preferences.

  5. Ananth says:

    What a remarkable tool and so simple to use!!.Wonder how we lived with out this so long.Thanks

  6. Mike Younker says:

    Thanks for posting the Mac shortcuts Joe. A huge time saver!