What is the easiest way to capture the printout of a document in a picture (i.e. GIF, BMP etc.)? Making a screenshot does not help, since the printout is different and larger than the screen. Is there a special printer driver for windows that captures the printout into pictures?
You can use PDFCreator. It's free and open source. Here's a bit more info on it:
- Create PDFs from any program that is able to print Security: Encrypt PDFs and protect them from being opened, printed etc
- New: Digitally sign your PDFs to ensure that you are the author and the file has not been modified
- New: Create PDF/A files for long term archives
- Send generated files via eMail
- Create more than just PDFs: PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP, PCX, PS, EPS
- AutoSave files to folders and filenames based on Tags like Username, Computername, Date, Time etc.
- Merge multiple files into one PDF Easy Install: Just say what you want and everything is installed
- Terminal Server: PDFCreator also runs on Terminal Servers without problems
- And the best: PDFCreator is free, even for commercial use! It is Open Source and released under the Terms of the GNU General Public License.
What is the easiest way to capture the printout of a document in a picture (i.e. GIF, BMP etc.)? Making a screenshot does not help
oh yes, it does .... if you have the right software :)
Faststone Capture does exactly what you want:
Capture windows, objects, menus, full screen, rectangular/freehand regions and scrolling windows/web pages
Would printing to .pdf help?
I use cute pdf, and I think Open Office does this.
I have had good luck with Foxit Reader.
It does not provide direct print to image, but instead provides a print-to-pdf print driver. It then also provides a way to copy a selected area as an image on the clipboard using the SnapShot tool (where you can then paste into mspaint or some other software). The resulting resolution depends on how scrolled in you are.
Compared to the other answers, this is a better solution in that:
- The installer does not come with any malware or ads (cutepdf and PDFCreator are both blocked at my work for this reason).
- The area allowed to convert is not limited by what can fit on your screen (Faststone can scroll down only, not left and right). When selecting text, Foxit Reader will scroll the window as you approach the edge, allowing you to scroll to the appropriate location in the document.
- Snappy PDF reader with native-looking UI (more intuitive UI if you're a regular MS Office user, but without the bloat -- Foxit Reader is also very fast compared to Adobe Reader and MS Office programs).
Use Print to TIFF (author is Pascal Damman).
- Add a local printer
- Use an existing port: FILE: (Print to File)
- Have Disk...
- Browse to \Bitmap_Driver\Pack, and pick bitmap.inf
- If this isn't the first time: Replace the current driver
- Next, Next, Finish
- Set b&w color
- After print rename file extension to tiff