OSTU - EasyCapture for Windows (by Tony Fortunato & Peter Ciuffreda)


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Tony Fortunato is a Senior Network Specialist with experience in design, implementation, and troubleshooting of LAN/WAN/Wireless networks, desktops and servers since 1989. His background in financial networks includes design and implementation of trading floor networks. Tony has taught at local high schools, Colleges/Universities, Networld/Interop and many onsite private classroom settings to thousands of analysts.

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  • Hello, It’s Tony Fortunato And Peter Ciuffreda from the Technology Firm In this Quickstart, we will be showing you how to use the screen capturing program EasyCapture Enjoy
  • so what is EasyCapture? EasyCapture is a screen capture program that allows you to take a number of different types of screenshots. Does EasyCapture require an installation? Yes. You must install EasyCapture like any regular program. It would be found in the Start menu under All Programs then right? Yup, that’s right.
  • Why would we use EasyCapture instead of using the print screen keyboard key? Not only does EasyCapture have a number of different capture options, but each option also has its own defined hot key. So EasyCapture can take various captures, and we can use a hot key for each one. What else can it do? EasyCapture also has some image editing. You can crop, rotate and resize you captured image, add boxes or lines, add text and text boxes, and even edit or adjust the image colour and levels. Being able to do that all with the same program will save time compared to the keyboard print screen and paint method.
  • When easycapture starts, you start off with a blank viewing window. To the right of the save button you will notice four buttons that look like windows, these are the four main types of captures you can do with easycapture. If you take a look at the side tool bar you will notice a number of editing tools including the cropping tool, shape tools, and text tools. There are more image editing tools under the Image pull down menu.
  • One of the great features of EasyCapture are the hot keys. The hot keys allow you to create captures while working on any program. You simply hold down the keys required for whichever type of capture you wish, then wait for the capture to either take place, or give you the option of what to select. The hot keys are customizable. Once you are in the “Define Hot keys” window you can click on any of the buttons and change the hot key. This is really important to know if you have other programs running that use the same hot keys.
  • With EasyCapture you have the choice of what to do with a captured image. If you go into your capture settings you can either send a captured image to the clipboard, to the editor, or to a file. You can even do all three. If you are taking multiple screenshots and don’t need to edit them, saving them to a file can save you a bit of time and hassle. On the “Other” tab of the capture settings you have to option to set a delay time before the capture occurs. If you need to open a menu or highlight any options before the capture happens, adding a delay is extremely helpful.
  • We will now take a look at the four most used capture options. The first one is the full screen capture. This capture simply takes a screen shot of your entire screen as it appears. This acts much like the function of the print screen button on your keyboard. However, it saves you the hassle of opening it with an editing program since EasyCapture can automatically open the capture into its editor.
  • The next option is the region capture. This allows you to select the rectangular area you would like to capture. The selection tool also comes with a zoom window on the side to help you find the exact start and stop pixel. This is a great help when you are trying to be precise with your capture.
  • The third type is the window capture. This allows you to either select a rectangular area of a program or window, or even the entire window if needed. A rectangular area of the window might be an image pane, toolbar, text box, or any bordered off rectangular area. This type of capture is great when you need to display only a specific part of a window
  • The last option is the active window capture. This captures the entire window of a program or folder you were last working in.
  • Thanks for watching our presentation on EasyCapture. I hope you enjoyed it. Have a good day folks, bye for now.
  • OSTU - EasyCapture for Windows (by Tony Fortunato & Peter Ciuffreda)

    1. 1. EasyCapture Training with Windows QuickStart Tony Fortunato, Sr Network Specialist Peter Ciuffreda, Network Technician The Technology Firm
    2. 2. What is EasyCapture? <ul><li>EasyCapture is; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Go get it at http://www.xydownload.com/easycapture/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires basic installation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program which allows you to take screen captures of varying sizes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fullscreen, Window, Region </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes simple tools: Crop, draw tools, text, text bubbles, and zoom. </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Why use EasyCapture? <ul><li>EasyCapture can be used for the following tasks; </li></ul><ul><li>To take screen captures of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Full Screen - Region </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Window - Active Window </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Includes set of keyboard hotkeys for easier and faster captures </li></ul><ul><li>The different capturing option allow you to capture only what you need, although you can still crop in case you captured too much. </li></ul><ul><li>Can save as one of six image formats: BMP, JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, and PXC. </li></ul><ul><li>Rotate, resize, and adjust image levels. </li></ul><ul><li>Add text, text bubbles, draw boxes around sections, and draw arrows to draw attention to certain areas. </li></ul>
    4. 4. EasyCapture Utility <ul><li>Since EasyCapture was installed like most programs, you can find it in your Start Menu under All Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Once you open EasyCapture the screen will appear as below </li></ul><ul><li>When EasyCapture is running, there will be a little icon in the tray near your computer’s time. </li></ul><ul><li>The options labeled are the types of captures you can take. </li></ul>
    5. 5. EasyCapture Hotkeys <ul><li>A great thing about EasyCapture is the ability to use hotkeys to create a capture. </li></ul><ul><li>As long as EasyCapture is running, (even in the background) you can use the hotkeys to create a capture of the window or screen you are currently viewing. </li></ul><ul><li>If you find the hotkeys of EasyCapture are conflicting with another program, or if you want to change a hotkey, you can define different hotkeys </li></ul><ul><li>The image to the side shows the “Define hot key” window, with the default settings. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on a hotkey setting to edit it. </li></ul>
    6. 6. EasyCapture Capture Settings <ul><li>To access the capture settings, click on the Capture tab the select Capture Settings. </li></ul><ul><li>In the Capture Settings you can select what to do with the captured image, including an option to save it automatically to a file. </li></ul><ul><li>In the Other tab of the Capture Settings you can set the delay time that EasyCapture will give you before it takes an image. This delay is very useful when you need to open a menu and highlight an option before the capture occurs (such as in the small image on this page). </li></ul>
    7. 7. Creating Captures: Full Screen (ctrl+shift+F) <ul><li>This type of capture acts like the print screen button on your keyboard. It takes a capture of exactly what your full screen looks like. </li></ul><ul><li>This is useful for capturing what you were working on and the time of day you were working on it since the time on the tray is captured. </li></ul><ul><li>Also is useful for taking screen captures when watching movies or playing games in full screen mode. NOTE: Found that it didn’t work with Windows Media Player. </li></ul><ul><li>The following captures were taken from Wireshark for easier comparison. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Creating Captures: Region (ctrl+shift+R) <ul><li>A region capture lets you manually select what you need to capture. </li></ul><ul><li>If you need to capture a menu or part of a window this option allows you to do that. This saves you time cropping a full screen capture. </li></ul><ul><li>This is also handy if you want to capture things on separate open windows, or if you want to highlight where to access options in a pull down menu. </li></ul><ul><li>Great for capturing regions in Wireshark. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Creating Captures: Window (ctrl+shift+W) <ul><li>The window capture option has the ability to either capture the entire window of a program or folder, or capture a window pane that is part of the program window. </li></ul><ul><li>In the example the red bordered areas are all windows that can be captured from the Wireshark main screen. </li></ul><ul><li>Although it isn’t shown in the example (due to crowdedness), even the scroll bars and rulers count as windows that you can capture. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Creating Captures: Active Window (ctrl+shift+A) <ul><li>The Active window capture option simply captures the entire window of the program, program options window, or folder you are currently using. </li></ul><ul><li>This is similar to the capture window option, but instead of having to select the entire window box this option automatically does. </li></ul><ul><li>This is handy when you have multiple webpage windows open side by side for comparison, and want to capture only the one you last selected </li></ul><ul><li>NOTE: you must have recently done something in that window for it to count as an active window. If you just maximize it, the active window capture will capture the last window that you were actually working in. </li></ul><ul><li>In this example, the Wireshark preferences window was actually minimized, but because it was the top-most window, it was captured with the active window capture. </li></ul>
    11. 11. EasyCapture Training with Windows QuickStart Tony Fortunato, Sr Network Specialist Peter Ciuffreda, Network Technician The Technology Firm Thank you
    12. 12. <ul><li>For additional educational videos on Open Source Network Tools, please click on the following … </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.lovemytool.com/blog/ostu.html </li></ul>LoveMyTool.com – Community for Network Tools