screencapture

Over here I wrote about how to change the path where screenshots are stored. Another potentially handy option is to specify what file format you prefer for your screenshots. There is a surprisingly large number of choices: png, pdf, tiff, pict, jpg, bmp, gif, psd (PhotoShop), sgi (Silicon Graphics) and tga (Truevision targa).

You can change the file type by running the following defaults command from a terminal, where ‘format’ is one of the options above:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type format

Logout/login for the new file type to take effect. As an alternative, you can run the following command from a terminal, however, I had problems getting this to work on a consistent basis:

killall SystemUIServer

You can also use the Property List Editor to set the your screencapture preferences. The file you need to open is located here: ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.screencapture.plist (use Finder to locate the file and double click to open).

No question, screenshots are your friend. There is a wealth of options for capturing screenshots on a Mac, with the two most common being Shift-Command-3 (entire screen) and Shift-Command-4 (area you specify with mouse). I like to have all images I capture/edit in a specific directory, the same directory that my ftp client points to upon startup.

Here is a defaults command (run from a terminal) that you can use to specify the location where to store screenshots:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture location path

The path setting must truly be the full path, that is, you cannot reference ~ for your home directory. If you would like to place screenshots in reference to your home directory, simply use the full path, such as /Users/John/Desktop/screenshots.

For the new path to take effect your best bet is to logout/login. I’ve seen references to the following command as an alternative, however, this didn’t work consistently for me:

killall SystemUIServer

You can also use the Property List Editor to set the your screencapture preferences. The file you need to edit is located here: ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.screencapture.plist (use Finder to locate the file and double click to open).