Talk:Taking Screenshots in Mac OS X

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Possible Image Formats

I think the you can set the image format to a lot more than just "jpg, tiff, pdf or png". Here are the formats I have been able to use as my default screenshot image format:

  • png (Portable Network Graphics)
  • pdf (Portable Document Format)
  • pct, pict (Apples Image format)
  • tif, tiff (Tagged Image File Format)
  • jpg, jpeg (image format of the Joint Photographic Experts Group)
  • jp2 (JPEG 2000)
  • gif (Graphics Interchange Format)
  • bmp (Bitmap)
  • psd (Photoshop)
  • sgi (Silicon Graphics)
  • tga (Truevision TGA, Targa)

Can anyone confirm or deny this?
--Milan 13:27, 4 September 2006 (EDT)

All the above except psd worked for me on 10.4.7. If I used psd screencapture would crash. --HexMonkey 16:39, 4 September 2006 (EDT)
I made this list a while ago. I think psd worked for me at that time. However, I checked that again and it didn't work. (I'm on 10.4.7 as well). The others seem to work. Should we provide a full list of possible formats? --Milan 05:14, 5 September 2006 (EDT)
We probably don't need to mention some of the more obscure ones. I added a couple to the list in the article and mentioned that there are more. --HexMonkey 05:33, 5 September 2006 (EDT)
Here is another fact I don't know whether we should put in this article or not. Killing the SystemUIServer process is only necessary if you make screenshots via keyboard shortcuts. The 'screencapture' utility immediately recognizes the change. About the psd file format: When I just submit some random characters as the file format and try to make a screenshot nothing happens. When I submit 'psd' I can hear the 'click' sound and I find an invisible, empty file on my desktop called ".Picture 1.psd-kQdX" or something similar. It should work but it doesn't. Apparently this is a bug. --Milan 05:16, 11 September 2006 (EDT)