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[aprssig] APRSdos using MAPquest maps?

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Wed Jun 28 19:08:24 UTC 2006

kd4moj at kd4moj.org wrote:
> On Tue, 27 Jun 2006, Anders Green wrote:
>> At 06:47 PM 6/27/2006, Robert Bruninga wrote:
>   capture.exe (screen capture v 1.4.7) is a nice little prgm. Can capture
> the dialog box that is in "front", the entie desktop or you can select an
> area of the screen to capture (like the map). Does .BMP by default. Was/Is
> a freebie from nestegg software but the website just comes up generic
> now...
>   I can post it if someone wants it.
>  -- 
> ...DOUG

The Windows-based freebie utility "PrintScreen" from Gadwin software at:

can also do this.  It's a very flexible utility that can capture to 
file, capture to clipboard or print (any or all of these) either the 
entire desktop, or the currently-focused window.   It can save into BMP, 
GIF, JPG, PNG and several others.  You can set it to automatically 
resize the image to a specified size in pixels (or percent) as part of 
the capture if desired.  

Finally, it can be triggered either from the classic "PrntSc" key, or 
from a command line, with arguments, which makes it callable from other 


Another utility that can do this is the indispensible "Swiss Army Knife" 
of freebie graphics utiltities, IrfanView available at:


This single-exe Windows program (that is less than 1MB) can read 
virtually any graphics file image known to man, and then save it into 
any of the common (and many lesser) formats.   In addition to the usual 
resizing, file format conversions, cropping, color-depth reductions,  
automatic slide shows, etc,  IrfanView can be set to AUTOMATICALLY 
capture a screen every so many seconds and write it to a sequentially 
named file.  

This is really neat for APRS demo purposes.  You can capture the map 
display of an APRS program every 30 secs or a minute or so, and then 
later play the files back in sequence as a slide show (or assemble them 
into a single animated GIF image file).

IrfanView can even assemble a sequence of image files (and sound 
recordings if desired) into a single stand-alone self-running .EXE file 
that contains a tiny version of it's player embedded internally.  Really 
nice for distributing demos to people without worrying about what 
graphics or presentation software they may have on their systems.   

Assemble  50-100 MB of images into an IrfanShow  .EXE  file, put it on a 
CD-ROM along with a autorun file and you have a totally automatic 
self-running slide show - just stick in a Windows CD-ROM or DVD drive.


Stephen H. Smith    wa8lmf (at) aol.com
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