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Screen Capture Format is a utility designed to get round one particular problem facing many Mac users: the default file format for a Screen Capture [Screen shot] on Mac OS X Snow Leopard is .png and the default location to save it, is on your desktop. But what if you want another format or you want to save the files somewhere else by default? Do you have to open an image editor to change the format then manually drag the files to another location? Do you have to edit system files using the Terminal?

Well - no more, because this is where our new Screen Capture Format utility comes in!

Once you install this little more...

What's New

Version 1.0.2:
  • Added the path to the save location.


Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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truthhurts Member IconComment+415

For such a simple program, the interface is a mess as well. That many options should be implemented with a popup menu per human interface guidelines, and the current screenshot location should be shown in the window. Otherwise - especially if I've used this to change it - how do I know where they're being saved?

For being a wrapper of two terminal commands, it still manages to have issues. Might as well just use the terminal commands for free (and they're one-line and simple).

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Version 1.0.1
Space (Developer)

Thanks for your comments. We've added the path to the current screenshot location into the window. While the interface may go against HIG, we based it on real user feedback [we started with a popup menu], everyone said the radio buttons were faster and you can't argue with that. One click instead of two!

Dangeruss Member IconReview+1

I know that this app is only $1.60, but any Mac user can do this for free by typing the following into Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type image_format

Where "image-format" can be all of the formats supported in this app PLUS PICT and SGI.

So if I wanted to save my screen captures as PDFs, I would type the following:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type pdf

You will need to restart your Mac for the change to take effect.

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Version 1.0.1
Space (Developer)

Thanks for your comments. You're right about the terminal, but there are a lot of users who don't want to mess about with it and who don't want to have to remember the commands to make these changes in the future. With this app the changes happen straight away as soon as you click the buttons - no restart required!

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Downloads 256
Version Downloads 237
License Commercial
Date 12 Jul 2011
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $1.60