MicroStation PowerDraft CONNECT Edition Help

Capturing Screen Images

The Screen Capture utility ( Drawing > Utilities > Image > Capture ) makes a "screen shot" of all or part of a screen and saves it in a specified file format. Using Screen Capture, you can take snapshots of items that are in the graphical user interface of the application or an MDL application, such as toolboxes, dialogs, and pull-down menus, and then use them in documentation or training manuals.

Screen Capture saves an image as it appears on screen, at the resolution of your monitor, and without the screen pointer.

Keep these considerations in mind:

  • Using certain word processing or page layout software with certain printers may not produce a high quality printed image of grayscale information in a screen shot.
  • In many screen shots, elements lose detail. To reproduce detailed linework, you should plot the view as either an Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) or a HPGL plotfile, depending on the format that works best with your software and hardware.
  • Using the Screen Capture utility, the quality of rendered images depends on the resolution of your monitor and the number of colors it supports. Regardless of your display hardware, you can create 24-bit files at a specified resolution by choosing Drawing > Utilities > Image > Save Image . If you use a high resolution output device, a higher quality printed image is possible.