Take a look at SNAG-IT (www.snagit.com), best tool I've seen for putting
AS/400 screens into Documenation, you can capture an entire Windows
Desktop, just the emulation session, or just a portion of the screen.
Output can be to printer or various file formats (you can also do scrolling
captures).

Jim Anderson







mcalabro@commsoft.net on 01/15/99 01:43:37 PM

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David Gibbs wrote:
>What tools/product/technology are used
>for capturing screens on the AS/400 and
>importing into their documentation (User
>Guides, etc.)?

Here's a response from our chief technical writer:

We use FrameMaker (by Adobe) to produce our manuals.

For capturing screens, we access the 400 using Client Access.
And we use a product called PaintShop Pro, by JASC, Inc. (www.jasc.com). We

then run it through a (scripted) series of alterations to get it to be
black text on white background. The scripting tool we use is called Image
Robot (also by JASC). Image Robot is actually like a PSP add-on product.

We save all graphics as .gif images and import them by reference into our
FrameMaker documents.

PSP is a reasonably robust graphics tool that is great for capturing
screens. It costs about $100, which is well worth it.

There are other strictly screen capture programs out there that are
cheaper. I prefer PSP because it has additional graphics capability.

We burn the documentation onto a CD-ROM for distribution.

Hope this helps!

Buck Calabro
CommSoft, Albany, NY
mailto:mcalabro@commsoft.net
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