Sunday, November 22, 2009

Printkey 2000 user guide




Print Key 2000 is a free screen capture utility. You can use it to capture and save images on your screen.
Click here to download Printkey 2000

From the main screen you can capture an entire screen or just part of a screen. Once an image is captured you can save it, print it, edit it or paste the image into another program.



File Menu
Refresh-Refreshes the current PrintKey window.


Minimize-Closes PrintKey 2000 main screen.


Suspend-Disables PrintKey 2000. I am not clear on exactly what this option does. I don’t believe it disables the program but it may disable the shortcut keys.


Copy picture to clipboard-This option will copy the current image to the Windows clipboard. You can then paste the image into another program.


Paste picture from clipboard-Will paste the image currently on the Windows clipboard to the PrintKey 2000 screen.


Save the picture-Opens the save picture as window and allows you to select a location to save the current image.


Load picture-Opens the load a picture window and allows you to browse for an image to open.


Edit the picture-Opens the image in the default image editor and allows you to edit the picture.


Get rectangular area-Opens the rectangle tool, which allows you to draw a line around the image you want to capture.


Get object-Opens the object tool, which allows you to capture a window or toolbar.


Print the picture-Opens the printer window and allows you to select a printer to send the image to.


Get picture from PrintKey-Captures the main screen of the PrintKey window.


Exit-Closes the PrintKey program.



Options
Define hotkeys-Opens the hotkey setup window. You can define shortcut keys to perform certain actions in the PrintKey program. There are some issues with the hotkey setup so I prefer not to use them.


Footer Text-Lets you specify footer text for printing. You must select that option in the printer options window before printing. You can create your own footer text in the options menu.


Define delay for rectangle-Lets you specify a time between the time you click the rectangle tool until your cursor becomes active to capture an image. This is useful when you want to capture a menu. You can navigate to and open the menu option you want to capture before your cursor is ready to capture the image.


Auto capture delay (count down timer)-Lets you specify a time between activating the timer until the image is captured.


Define the bmp editor-Lets you choose the program to be used when editing images from PrintKey.


Define defaults-Lets you choose the default location and file name of images you save in the program. Also lets you specify the type of file you want to create when saving the image.


Sound-Plays sound when PrintKey is activated.


Include cursor-Includes the cursor when capturing an image.


Client area only-Will capture only active window without border and caption bar.


Auto copy to clipboard-Automatically copies each image to the Windows clipboard. This would allow you to paste the image in another location without clicking the copy button on the toolbar.


Close after printing-Closes the PrintKey program after printing an image.


Direct print (no dialog)-When you click print the image will be automatically sent to the default printer without opening the printer window. If you want to choose which printer to send the image to do not enable this option.


Hide icon from the system tray-Removes the PrintKey icon from the system tray. I prefer to leave the icon in the system tray for easy access.






PrintKey toolbar
The PrintKey toolbar gives you quick access to some of the most commonly used features in the program.


Load-Does the same thing as the load picture option under the file menu. Opens the load a picture window and allows you to browse for an image to open.


Save-Opens the save as window where you can choose a location, file name and file type to save the current image.


Paste-Pastes the last image you copies in PrintKey to the PrintKey window.


Copy-Copies the current image. You can then paste the image into another program such as Word, Paint or another image editor.


Edit-Opens the image in the default picture editor.


Rectangle-Allows you to draw a rectangle around all or part of a window.


Object-Allows you to capture an entire object, screen or window.


On/Off clock-Starts or stops the auto desktop capture function. This is set up in the options menu and captures shots of the screen at pre determined intervals.


Printer-Opens the printer setup window. You can choose which printer to send the image to and set the print options.


Print-Sends the image to the selected printer.


Picture options
Picture options allows you to edit the image from within the PrintKey program.


Grayed colors-Changes the colors to a shade of gray.


Vertical mirror-Mirrors the picture vertically. This will turn the image upside down.


Horizontal mirror-Mirrors the picture horizontally.


Swap colors-Swaps the pictures colors. When you select this option you can click the colored boxes to the right and open the color palette, which will give you a list of available colors to choose from.


Inversed colors-Reverses the colors in the picture.


Emboss-Gives the picture an embossed effect.


Sharpen-Sharpens the look of the picture. Click the more button to further sharpen the picture.


Brightness, contrast, saturation-Lets you adjust those features of the picture.


Red, green, blue-Lets you adjust the amount of each of the colors used in the picture.


Frame-Places a frame around the picture. Use the slider to set the thickness of the frame. Click the color box to open the color palette where you can choose from a list of colors to apply to the frame.


Rotate-Use the slider to rotate the image.


Resize-Use the slider to make the image larger or smaller.


Change size-Allows you to specify exactly the size of the picture. Enter the size in the boxes and click the change size button.


Color depth-Allows you to change the color settings of the image or make the image black and white.


Printer options
Portrait/landscape mode-Choose how you want the image to print.


Picture alignment-Choose how you want your picture to be aligned when printed.


Keep Proportions-Keeps the picture proportioned even when resized.


Picture size in %-Keeps picture sized at the percentage you choose. Use the arrows to change the size.


Size in % of page-Keeps picture sized at the percentage of the page. Use the arrows to change the size.


Date & time-Prints the date & time in the footer area of the page.


User & system info-Prints the user and system information in the footer area of the page.


Footer text-Prints the text you specify in the options menu in the footer area of the page.


Number of copies to print-Specify the number of copies you want to print.


Selected printer-Choose the printer you want to send the picture to.

Capture a rectangular image
1. Open the window that contains the area you want to capture.
2. On the PrintKey toolbar click the rectangle tool.
3. Your cursor will change to a cross.
4. Hold your mouse button down and drag to select the image you want to capture.
5. You will be returned to the PrintKey window. Your image will be displayed in the window. You can copy it to another program, save or print it.


Capture an open menu
Sometimes you need to capture an open menu. In the PrintKey program click the options menu > define delay for rectangle. Choose 10 seconds. This will give you time to open the menu before the cursor becomes active to capture the image.


1. Open the window that contains the area you want to capture.
2. On the PrintKey toolbar click the rectangle tool.
3. Open the menu you want to capture.
4. Wait for the cursor to change to a cross.
5. Hold your mouse button down and drag to select the menu you want to capture.
6. You will be returned to the PrintKey window. Your image will be displayed in the window. You can copy, print or save the image.


Capture an object
1. Open the window that contains the object you want to capture. (You can capture the entire window by clicking the title bar).
2. On the PrintKey toolbar click the object button.
3. Your cursor will change to a hand.
4. Click the object you want to capture.
5. You will be returned to the PrintKey window. Your image will be displayed in the window. You can copy, print or save the image.

Save a picture
After you have captured an image you can save the picture.

1. With the image open in PrintKey click the file menu > save the picture.
2. In the save picture as window use the save in drop down to choose a location to save the file.
3. In the file name field type a name to identify the file.
4. In the save as type choose a file type for the picture. If you do not choose a file type, the picture will be saved using the default file type specified in the options menu > define defaults.


Copy picture to another program
1. With the image open in PrintKey click the copy button on the toolbar.
2. Open the program you want to paste the image into.
3. Right click in the open window and choose paste.