By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014
OS X, Apple’s operating system powering Mac desktops and notebooks, sports a surprisingly robust set of screenshot-grabbing features.
Better yet, you can save both time and money capturing images of the operating system itself, third-party applications or whatever is on the screen at any given moment using these built-in capabilities.
Yes, a plethora of third-party apps go beyond the Mac’s screenshot-taking features with advanced image management and annotation capabilities.
Still, most normals soon realize that OS X’s built-in features mostly get the job done for common use cases like how-tos, tutorials and other types of blog posts.
By default, OS X saves you screenshots on the desktop, as PNG files. PNG is great if you care about image quality: the format uses lossless compression techniques that won’t degrade image quality. On the downside, PNG screenshots tend to be fairly large in size.
Although you can tap Apple’s stock Preview app, or any third-party image editor, to convert PNGs into JPEGs and other image formats, why take extra steps if OS X can do all the heavy lifting for you?
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to change the image format for screenshots taken on your Mac… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2014
Ever since the dawn of the Computer Age, screenshots have been essential. Images showing software in action are used all over the web, on social media and in specialized magazines.
Blog about software, you’ll need screenshots. Putting together a useful how-to like this one, are we? Good, you’ll need even more screenshots.
Want to get your point across in an unambiguous manner? You’re definitely going to need memorable screenshots to illustrate your point effectively.
There are plenty applications, both paid and free, which allow you to grab screenshots, such as Skitch from Evernote, for example. But allow me to let you in on a dirty little secret: you don’t need any of them.
Assuming you’re in the vast majority of the population whose needs don’t go beyond grabbing screens, or are among the group that has no use for advanced annotation and image management capabilities, Apple has you covered.
I myself have never used a third-party app to grab screenshots. How’s so? Because OS X sports a compelling set of built-in shortcuts for taking different types of screen images in an instant, without having to even launch any kind of app.
Still, it’s surprising just how many folks are totally oblivious to the fact they can capture Mac screenshots. That being said, we’ve reckoned to do something about it.
This comprehensive tutorial will teach you how to take screenshots on your Mac like a pro and have fun in the process. Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jun 15, 2014
Taking a screenshot on a Mac is effortless. Simply hold down Command-Shift-3 to capture the entire screen, or Command-Shift-4 to capture a highlighted area. You can even hold down Command-Shift-4 and then hit the space bar to screenshot a specific window or menu.
The only annoying part is that screenshots are saved to the desktop by default, which creates a cluttered mess if you take a lot of screenshots. The good news is that there is an easy solution for changing the location where screenshots are saved.
Read ahead for step-by-step instructions on how to change the default screenshot location on OS X… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 21, 2014
It’s been nearly a year since we first saw a preview of Gameloft’s Modern Combat 5, and the game has yet to see a release date. In fact, we’ve heard almost nothing about the title in the past 11 months, leading some folks to believe that the project had either been shelved or canceled.
But that has certainly changed in the last few weeks. In late April, Gameloft offered up new details about the game, and a week later it broke down its new unified progression system. And today, it posted a pair of beautiful new screenshots showing Modern Combat 5 in action… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on May 11, 2014
Almpoum is a jailbreak tweak for frequent screenshot takers. As you might have guessed, this is the type of tweak that bloggers, or anyone else that documents aspects of iOS, may find handy.
With Almpoum enabled, users can be prompted whenever a screenshot is attempted. The prompt contains several options—save the shot to the Photo Library, copy it to the clipboard, do both, or outright cancel the screenshot.
We’ve recorded a video walkthrough to showcase the different facets of Almpoum inside. Take a look after the break for all of the details. Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Feb 27, 2014
Whether you are an App Store developer, graphic designer or otherwise, adding an iPhone bezel to your screenshots is a simple task that can make the images look much more professional. There are a variety of ways to go about doing this, one being to search for an iPhone template on Google and overlay your screenshot onto it using Photoshop or a similar program. That process can be cumbersome and time consuming, however, so read ahead for an alternative method that requires no expensive software and minimal effort on your part… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 18, 2014
Snapper is a recently released tweak that allows you to manually draw screenshots using your finger. It’s a bit difficult to explain without actually seeing it in action, but it allows you to “cut out” screenshots and pin them on the screen as you go about your business on your iPhone.
An Activator gesture needs to be assigned to Snapper in order to invoke the tweak. Once you cut out the screenshot, you can then tap and hold on it to bring up a screenshot management sheet. This sheet allows you to save the screenshot, close the screenshot, copy it, or use a combination of those commands.
To help better explain how Snapper works, we’ve created a video walkthrough. Have a look inside to learn more. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 26, 2014
ScreenshotShareSheet is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to share screenshots using iOS’ standard sharing sheet. The tweak also features “Open in” support for opening screenshots within 3rd party applications.
If you’re someone like me who takes tons of screenshots on a daily basis, then ScreenshotShareSheet might be a good tweak for you. Have a look at our full video walkthrough inside for all of the details. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 21, 2014
ClipShot is a jailbreak tweak that was just released today. It allows you to save screenshots to your iPhone’s camera roll, clipboard, or both.
If you’re anything like me, and you take tons of screenshots every single day, then ClipShot may be worth investigating. It’s not perfect at this point, as it does have some bugs, but it also shows loads of promise. Take a look at our video walkthrough inside for more information. Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 13, 2013
Good news today for all of you Dropbox users. The long-awaited iOS 7 redesign for the storage service’s iPhone and iPad client appears to be nearing completion. The company snuck the above screenshots into a new blog post today.
Apparently, there are some big things brewing at Dropbox, including some big upcoming changes for its ‘Dropbox for Business’ enterprise offering. The service has been completely rebuilt for business. But anyway, about this redesign… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2013
iOS 7 Beta 2 brought with it an unintended consequence of messing up apps like Snapchat.
Specifically, as Snapchat requires a finger on the screen to hold the photo open while viewing it, the program would no longer close the photo viewing screen upon taking a screenshot.
Even worse, Snapchat couldn’t actually detect that the user took a screenshot of a sent photo, possibly creating a huge privacy concern.
With today’s release of iOS 7 Beta 4, Apple has introduced a brand new API to let third-party apps be notified when the user takes a screenshot, in order to respond accordingly… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 25, 2013
There’s been a lot of talk over the past 24 hours about the many changes in beta 2 of iOS 7. Apple seeded the update to developers yesterday morning, and there’s already been a number of new features and enhancements discovered.
But tonight an alteration was uncovered in the firmware that’s been around since the first release. It’s not clear yet whether it’s by accident or design, but something in iOS 7 has broken the screenshot detection in apps like Snapchat… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 13, 2013
If you’re someone who’s often taking screenshots on your iOS device, then boy, do I have a new jailbreak tweak for you. ScreenshotPlus is an extremely handy jailbreak tweak that allows end users to pre-crop screenshots prior to taking them.
The tweak is enabled using a standard Activator gesture, which brings up an overlay on the screen. The overlay features drag handles that can be used to adjust the dimensions of the screenshot in question. For those of you who want to get exact dimensions, there’s a dimensions readout right below the screenshot area, and next to the button used for taking the screenshot.
Needless to say, this is a tool that can be very time saving if you take a lot of screenshots on your iOS device. Take a look at our video walkthrough inside for more information. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2013
I’ve always loved the simplified iOS approach to screenshot taking just by pressing the power and home button simultaneously. This oft-used feature works in absolutely any app and, as an added bonus, iOS stores my screenies in the Camera Roll as crisp, lossless PNG files.
An indispensable part of my daily blogging workflow, I grab app graphics on a daily basis for use in reviews, news articles and guides such as this one. The old-school approach to syncing iOS screenshots (along with your photos) entails connecting your device to a Mac or PC via USB. But if you’re anything like me, you’ve long cut the cord to enjoy the benefits of wireless sync.
Now, iCloud makes photo sync a no-brainer: that is, unless the very thought of firing up iPhoto or Aperture on your Mac just to access your Photo Stream drives you nuts.
There must be a better way to bypass these resource-intensive apps and have the screenshots taken on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch automagically appear just a mouse click away in your Mac’s Finder. Read on for the full breakdown… Read More
By Jim Gresham on Nov 22, 2012
As a blogger, I often use screenshots to show my readers what I am reviewing, seeing, or experiencing. When words cannot accurately portray a picture, or when I don’t want to write 1,000 words to describe something, the image is the best way. Taking a screen grab and tossing it into an article is all well and good, but adding the hardware frame around the image adds a nice touch, even a little flare, to the otherwise simple image.
Neoos specializes in mobile information technology with the goal to create simple applications to simplify complex tasks. As a caveat, Neoos is the company behind Doodle.com, a 10 million user per month service to simplify meeting schedules. Their new offering, Screenshot – Frame Maker, is a universal iOS app that simplifies the process implanting a grab into an iDevice hardware frame… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 4, 2012
A while back we brought you a look at Preview Maker — a jailbreak app that allows you to doctor up your screenshots with the body of the iPhone.
That app continues to work well, but what if your device isn’t jailbroken? Of course, you can always fire up Photoshop, but there is a much faster alternative, and it’s dedicated to making your iOS screenshots look better.
Screentaker is the solution to that problem. It’s a Mac app that has been available for some time now; perhaps you already use it? At any rate, it continues to be one of the simplest methods for dressing up iOS screenshots, making them look more professional. Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 9, 2012
For months, rumors have been bouncing around that Apple was finally going to give its iPhone a larger display this fall. And these rumors have been all-but-confirmed by industry insiders and claimed leaked components.
Then earlier this week, it was reaffirmed when it was discovered that iOS 6 is capable of running on such a display, at a resolution of 640 x 1136. And we’ve got some images of what apps will look like if the speculation holds true… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 23, 2012
If you’re looking to create awesome screenshots of your iPhone, you have a few options. You can either fire up something like Photoshop, or you can use a tool like Screentaker, which allows you to encapsulate your screenshots in an iPhone, or iPad frame.
Screenshots mated with the device from which they were taken, portrays a much more professional look in my opinion, and you’d be hard pressed to find an easier way to do this, than with PreviewMaker… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 20, 2012
The stock Home screen in iOS looks pretty boring. Luckily, jailbreaking can change that. It opens the door to a whole world of customization, including tweaks, icon packages and tons of other theming possibilities.
And if you like customizing your device, and want to share your iPad or iPhone setup with the world, there’s a new service that lets you do that. Homescreen.me finally came out of private beta this week… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 11, 2012
Since Apple introduced Siri last fall, folks have been going through great lengths to install it on other devices. But Apple has continued to keep the feature exclusive to the iPhone 4S. Until now, that is.
Along with a number of other Siri-related announcements this morning, Apple announced that iOS 6 would be bringing the digital assistant to the latest iPad. So you know iDB had to go hands-on… Read More