snapshot and animation capture

Matt Maier blueback09 at
Thu Jan 28 15:21:13 EST 2016

Mark, oops, didn't scroll far enough. I found the link to Snapper, thanks.

Scott, that's great, and thanks for putting that post and stack up so fast.
It's a little laggy on my system when it resizes quickly or gets to around
750 pixels. Is it the same on yours?

Is there a way to control other applications from within Livecode? Like, if
the user has their browser running, could I bring it to the front, take a
screenshot, then send it back behind the stand-alone again? Or is there a
parameter in Livecode's screenshot function to only include another
application in the screenshot?
On Jan 27, 2016 14:28, "Scott Rossi" <scott at> wrote:

> I thought this might make an interesting read, so the demo stack is
> included in an article:
> <
> ndowshape-in-livecode/>
> Hope this works for you.
> Regards,
> Scott Rossi
> Creative Director
> Tactile Media, UX/UI Design
> On 1/27/16, 11:55 AM, "use-livecode on behalf of Scott Rossi"
> <use-livecode-bounces at on behalf of
> scott at> wrote:
> >Hi Matt:
> >
> >I have a method for a resizable masked window that requires LC7 -- I'll
> >try to post something later today or tomorrow.  As far as image animation
> >goes, I have a very vague memory that LC used to be able to export
> >animated GIF images, but that may have been static images only.  You may
> >indeed need to go with a 3rd party option -- hopefully somebody else has a
> >suggestion for this.
> >
> >Regards,
> >
> >Scott Rossi
> >Creative Director
> >Tactile Media, UX/UI Design
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >On 1/27/16, 11:38 AM, "use-livecode on behalf of Matt Maier"
> ><use-livecode-bounces at on behalf of blueback09 at>
> >wrote:
> >
> >>I need to be able to easily capture stuff the user is seeing on their
> >>screen so that they can import it into my application without having to
> >>navigate the file manager multiple times. There's some good screen
> >>capture
> >>stuff already in Livecode, but what I'm picturing is an actual window
> >>with
> >>a hole in it the user can position and leave there so they know what's
> >>going to be captured multiple times. Like gifcam
> >>
> >>
> >>There doesn't seem to be a way to set the background of a window to
> >>transparent. There is a way to mask the window using a transparent .png,
> >>but that won't allow the user to resize the window. At the moment the
> >>only
> >>mechanism I can come up with is to screencap what's behind the window
> >>every
> >>time the user moves or resizes it and display that in the window so that
> >>it
> >>looks like it's transparent. Is there a better way?
> >>
> >>Also, in addition to capturing still images, I'd like the user to be able
> >>to capture animated images (as an alternative to video). So, that part
> >>would be exactly like gifcam. The only mechanism I've found for that is
> >>to
> >>export each frame and then use something external like imagemagik to
> >>stitch
> >>them together into an animation.
> >>
> >>- Matt
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