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Save Screen Captures
Tip# 3743 By Hayden Clarke On 09-Oct-2011
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Categories : Saving Files
Software type : AutoCAD 2012
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Take screen shots of your AutoCAD display.

Engineering technician Hayden Clarke shares a tip about an AutoCAD command that will save your current view as an image file.

"The SaveImg command saves a quick screen capture of your current AutoCAD display, and prompts you for a file type, file name, and the quality you desire. It's a flexible tool that's useful for sending around screen shots. The only downside is that you cannot select the capture window. The way around that limitation is to view what you wish to convert to an image through a viewport, and the viewport will act as the capture window. I find this command has slightly more flexibility than some third-party products."

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol:
SaveImg is fast and easy to use. It can save images as any of the following file types: BMP, PCX, TGA, TIF, JPG, or PNG. The boundaries of the image are what you see displayed in your screen view when you start the command. Zoom in to what you need and start the command. When testing the command, I found something quirky: When I was in paper space, it wouldn't capture what was in my viewport. If I activated the viewport and went to floating model space it wouldn't capture what was in paper space. I don't know why the command operates this way, but keep that behavior in mind when using SaveImg.


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Comment by Bachman,Lisa
Posted on 2011-10-11 13:40:51
It works well in model space but in paper space it didn't capture the xref without the viewport active so I couldn't get the whole sheet as it looks on the screen.