snapshot and animation capture

Richmond richmondmathewson at
Fri Jan 29 13:20:17 EST 2016

On 28/01/16 13:22, Richmond wrote:
> On 28/01/16 00:27, Scott Rossi 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.
> Well, I'll certainly see: I'll see if it can grab a few images from my 
> USB microscope connected
> to a computer running Xubuntu - at least it will be a happy 
> alternative from endless Grammar
> exercises for the kids I'm teaching this afternoon!
> Expect a report later today.
> Richmond.

I must be slightly stupid because, although I could see a resizable 
rectangle I could not
for the life of me work out how to trigger the actual snapshot.

>> 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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