Whenever I needed a screenshot of some application for this website, I used
an image editor to cut out the window’s drop shadow, generated an alpha channel
from its luminance, added that as a layer behind the actual application window
and saved the entire thing again.
Today I wrote a small utility to automate this process for me: AeroCapture.
Pressing the “Print Screen” key will take a screenshot of the active window,
and save it as a .png in the My Pictures directory, retaining
the window’s drop shadow in the image’s alpha channel.
You can download it here:
[rokdownload menuitem=”17″ downloaditem=”42″ direct_download=”true”]AeroCapture.7z[/rokdownload]
(C# source code included)
This got me thinking. Somehow, whenever I have the choice between…
spending 2 minutes doing a repetitive task that I’ve done a few dozen times
before already (like fixing up the screenshot for my website)
or spending 4 hours to automate the task
…I always choose the 2 minutes approach. I can continue working on what I was
planning to do and I don’t have as many utilities to maintain.
What do you do in this situation?