Capture tab

Use this tab to control basic capture functions. The parameters in this tab are changed more than any of the others.


Important! When used in dialog boxes, “tabs” refer to the tabs at the top of the box that allow multiple “pages” in the box to open. Do not confuse these tabs with the Ribbon Tabs.


Delay time before the capture

Set this time in milliseconds (1000 milliseconds = one second) that the program will wait before executing the desired capture.

Example: If you set this time long enough, you can open a menu or pop-up screen to capture.

This function enables you to change the delay time if the automatic 4-second delay provided by the Extra delay check box is too long or too short.

 Auto-scroll refresh time

Set this time in milliseconds (1000 milliseconds = one second) between window refresh operations to be used during auto-scroll. HyperSnap will refresh the window it auto-scrolls at the rate specified here.

Example: Use this to control to determine the speed of the capture. This allows you to watch the capture and stop it when you’ve captured what is needed.

Default background color for captures

Sets the default background color for new captures. This color appears if your capture is non-rectangular (had rounded corners), or is circular, free-hand, etc. With rectangular captures, this selection provides a defined background color if you need to edit the image later with a background.

To change this color use the drawing tools in the Edit tab or the Drawing toolbar.

Opacity setting determines the transparency of the background color, which determines how much color shows through the image. (Opacity information is only saved to PNG and GIF files; it is discarded in other file formats.)

Include cursor image

Check this on to have HyperSnap include the mouse cursor in the capture.

Turn off font smoothing for capture

Check this if you want to turn off font smoothing (anti-aliasing, ClearType) before making the capture. After the capture, font smoothing is restored to the original setting.

Example: This is often required for publishing images in print (books, articles).

Play sound when making the snapshot

Check this option to cause HyperSnap to play its trademark camera shutter sound when executing a capture.

If you want silent captures, UNcheck this box.

Hide HyperSnap window before capturing screen

Check this to have the program’s window automatically hide before capturing the image you want.

Turn this option off (UNcheck it) only if you want to capture the HyperSnap window itself. This is usually needed only if HyperSnap is the reason you’re creating the capture.

Example: A capture may help in sending a bug report to HyperSnap showing a problem with the program.

Restore HyperSnap window to front after a capture

Check this to have the program’s window automatically come back to the front of the screen after a capture to let you examine results.

Enter full screen presentation mode after a capture

When checked, enters a full screen presentation mode immediately after each screen capture.

In this mode the captured image is displayed in full screen mode (without the HyperSnap window frame, menus, toolbars, etc.). Only the drawing toolbar is visible, “floating” in the corner of the screen to let you select drawing tools to draw on the full screen.

Example:  If you want to use this during a live presentation or demonstration:

§  Use Full Screen Capture (Ctrl+Shift+F) to “freeze” the screen temporarily and start drawing on it while commenting and explaining.

§  When finished, click either the “Presentation Mode on/off” button on the Drawing Toolbar, or press the Escape key on the keyboard.

The screen “unfreezes” and becomes interactive again with the HyperSnap window returned to its normal size and appearance. The contents of the screen and what you have drawn on it is preserved inside HyperSnap so that you can save or print, if needed.

Do automatic paste, print or save ONLY if a new capture is different…

Turn this option on if you’ve also enabled any of the following options, and if you want to paste, print, or save new captures that are different from the previous capture.

§  Automatic paste or print on the Copy & Print tab.

§  Automatic save on the Quick Save tab.

Even a slight difference (as small as one pixel) in the new image will trigger the paste, print, or save action.

Clear transparency for Window Captures under Vista

In Windows Vista composing mode, with Enable transparency checked, translucent parts of windows show a fuzzy image of what lies beneath. Many publishers require “clean” shots, without this transparency.

Enable this option to have the background of the window cleared, when you use Capture/Window or Capture/Active Window functions in HyperSnap.

Mark new captures as “modified” (to prompt for saving)

Check this option on to mark all new captures as “modified documents”. When you try to close this type of captured window or the entire HyperSnap window, the program will ask you if you want to save them.

Capture tab