Capturing a Screen Shot
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There are multiple ways to take good screenshots in SolidWorks that work well for showing to others.
Method Using Microsoft Office Picture Manager
Microsoft Office Picture Manager is included with many bundles of Microsoft Office 2003 and newer products. Because so many SolidWorks users also have this software already loaded, the below method is a good way for users to capture and compress screenshots of solidworks.
The first step is to perform a screen capture. This can be done by:
- View>Screen Capture>Image Capture. This method will copy the current viewing window to the clipboard.
- ALT+Print Screen. Pressing alt with the print screen button will capture the entire SolidWorks window, including your toolbars and Feature Manager Tree.
Then open up Microsoft Picture Manager. Use the tree on the left to navagate where you want the .bmp file to be located, and paste it there (CTRL-V). Now select the picture (named New Picture) by double clicking on it. You will then see "Edit Pictures..." button on the toolbar, click that. This will bring up the options you can use to edit your picture.
Make sure to use the crop tool to crop down to just the portion that you want to keep. I suggest using an even number for the final image size, as .png compression requires even numbered image dimensions. Once you are satisfied with the crop, you can also resize the picture to be the correct size for sharing, just click the back arrow from crop, and then select "Resize".
After you are satisfied with the size of your image, you can use File>Export... to export your image. For sharing on the web, I strongly suggest .png compression. You will not lose any of the detail of your work, and it will do a great job of compressing large areas of the same color. Select your output options, and click OK, you now have a new .png file to share with the world.
Jing http://www.jingproject.com/ <---free and really easy to use
Camtasia and Snagit http://www.techsmith.com <--- expensive but have some great editing capabilities.
Open Source solution http://tinyurl.com/bh9y5
**Probably the easiest and quickest method is View->Screen Capture in SolidWorks 2008. Then paste (ctrl+v) into a word doc.**
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