Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Screenography for Macintosh

What is a SWF file?

What is a FLV file?

Can Screenography record audio?

Screenography won't start when I hit the hot key combination. What should I do?

How do I keep Screenography from quitting each time after I capture the screen?

How do I reset the hot key combination to start Screenography?

What is Quartz Extreme?

When I launch Screenography I get a warning that I do not have Quartz Extreme. What does this mean?

 

 

What is a SWF file?

The Macromedia Flash file format (SWF) (pronounced "swiff") delivers vector graphics and animation over the Internet to the Macromedia Flash Player. For more information regarding Flash, please see our General FAQ.

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What is a FLV file?

The Macromedia FLV file format lets you import a static video stream with encoded audio. Screenography can export video only FLV streams that can be imported into Flash MX2004 or higher.

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Can Screenography record audio?

Screenography can record audio from a microhpone. Screenography does not record internal audio from the computer, but is a feature we hope to add to the program.

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Screenography won't start when I hit the hot key combination. What should I do?

First make sure you launch Screenography from the Finder which will start the program running in the background. Now when you hit the hot key combination (by default set to Command + Shift + 5) the screen should dim and you should now see the main dialog window where you can choose to capture the Screen, and Object or a Movie.

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How do I keep Screenography from quitting each time after I capture the screen?

From the main Screenography window when you hit the hot key combination, there is an option to "Quit After Saving". Uncheck this option and the program will continue to run in the background after you capture the screen. To quit the program, you will need to hit the hot key combination to get back to the main window and click the "Quit" button to stop Screenography from running in the background.

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How do I reset the hot key combination to start Screenography?

To reset the hot key combination back to the default (Command + Shift + 5) you can throw away the current preference file. The Screenography preference file can be found at /Users/YOUR ACCOUNT/Library/Preferences/com.verticalmoon.screenography.plist. The next time you start Screenography, a new preference file will be automatically created with the default settings again.

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What is Quartz Extreme?

Starting with Mac OSX 10.2, the Quartz Compositor was extended by Quartz Extreme, which uses OpenGL to render screen displays faster by presenting them as textures within a 3D OpenGL context. This permits faster compositing of scree images using 3D hardware acceleration. To use Quartz Extreme, the Macintosh must have a AGP graphics card with support for arbitrary texture dimensions and a minimum of 16MB of VRAM. In practice, this means either any nVidia, an ATI Radeon, or better.

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When I launch Screenography I get a warning that I do not have Quartz Extreme. What does this mean?

If you are getting this warning, your video card does not support Quartz Extreme. You should be able to take static screen captures ok, but you may experience problems recording the screen to movie files. You should generally get better performance if your video card supports Quartz Extreme.

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