AlphaCapture
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Professional screen capture utility.   Demo ($24.99)
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AlphaCapture is a professional screen capture utility. Its name is derived from its unique ability to save an image of the screen that preserves the transparency of on-screen windows (shadows, translucent areas, etc.). This information is stored (in image formats that support transparency) as an "alpha-channel".

A Web designer, technical writer, or any person who needs to take screenshots can now superimpose captured images on a background of their choosing and transparent or translucent areas will allow the background to show through in an expected and visually pleasing
What's New
Version 1.1:
  • Tiger (Mac OS X 10.4) compatible
  • Single-pass transparency on 10.4 and above
  • Several minor bug fixes
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.3 or later






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Guntis commented on 12 Mar 2007
Ideas from COMPUTERWORLD magazine, by Scot Finnie:

Image conversion among all major image formats and the capability to select a new default file format from among those image types.

A facility that lets you control default options for some file formats, like number of colors and quality/compression levels (as with JPEGs, for example).

Automatic, sequentially numbered file naming with user-specifiable root names (such as "OSXLeop_###") and folder-save-to locations. It should also let the user specify the starting number of the file-naming sequence.

A capability that lets you optionally hide all but the Apple default desktop icons and other user customizations.

User-configurable screen-capture delay with audible and/or visible countdown. This feature is sometimes required to set up and capture open menus, drop-downs, and so on. There should also be an option to include or not include the mouse pointer.

Automatic selection of common object elements, such as program window, menu bar, toolbar, icons, the Dock, etc. (Apple's built-in Command-Shift-4-Spacebar key combination does this, but the facility is otherwise very limited). Snap-to selection for parts of objects is also very desirable. Any product that offers only a manual drag-selection tool for parts of the screen doesn't make the cut.

Important functionality: A capture-preview window that appears before you save the file, so you can review it and make appropriate alterations.

The capability to add basic (and preferably subtle) edge effects, such as rules, blurring, ripples, tear-aways, white borders and so on.

The capability to make assisted selections within the preview to save as separate shots.

The ability to save named sets of settings (such as file format, image quality, file name and file-save location, and object selection type) that can later be called by the user to suit specific capture needs.
[Version 1.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 10 Sep 2005
Wow, from the first time I tried this capture utility i was pleased with the results. The definable hot key and marquee (masking) features make captures ready for direct importing into my documentation..No need for additional touch-up in a paint program. This is a wonderful application and it runs great on Tiger!

Way to go, Balance Software!
[Version 1.1]


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Downloads:5,836
Version Downloads:3,517
Type:Utilities : System
License:Demo
Date:25 Jul 2005
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
Price: $24.99
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AlphaCapture is a professional screen capture utility. Its name is derived from its unique ability to save an image of the screen that preserves the transparency of on-screen windows (shadows, translucent areas, etc.). This information is stored (in image formats that support transparency) as an "alpha-channel".

A Web designer, technical writer, or any person who needs to take screenshots can now superimpose captured images on a background of their choosing and transparent or translucent areas will allow the background to show through in an expected and visually pleasing manner.

AlphaCapture supports numerous features that are essential to a professional screen capture tool; examples include:

  • Hiding of Desktop icons during capture.
  • Transparent Desktop capture.
  • Photoshop-like "Trim" function to remove transparent edges.
  • Optional "checkered-background" during transparent marquee capture.
  • Hiding of mouse cursor during capture.
  • Rectangular (marquee) or full-screen capture modes.
  • User-assignable hot keys for invoking screen capture.
  • User-assignable pause before capture.
  • Output to multiple image formats (or to the clipboard).
  • User-specifiable destination folder for captures.
  • On-the-fly changing of options during marquee capture.
  • User may abort a marquee capture.
  • Plus many more features!


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