Thursday, October 21, 2010

iPad Pro Tip:
How to take screen captures of your iPad apps, then move them onto your computer

I'm an image hacker, have been for years. I know just enough about SnagIt (screen capture software for Mac/PC) and Photoshop to make some pretty OK websites, email newsletters, etc. So having an iPad and trying to take screen captures has, until today, been a mystery.

Here's how to take a screen capture of anything on your iPad:

Simultaneously click the small Sleep/Wake and large round Home buttons at the same time. Your iPad screen will flash white, and you'll find the image waiting for you inside the stock Photos app.

To move the image to your Mac:

1. Connect your iPad and launch Applications > Image Capture. (I saw my iPad right in the tool and could move the images right to my desktop with a click. Your iPod/etc. should also work this way.)
2. Go to Preferences > General.
3. Under Camera, select Image Capture in the “When a camera is connected, open:” option, and then click OK. Now when you connect your 
iPhone/iPod touch, Image Capture will be launched and you can choose where you want to download your images.

If you're a Windows user:

1. Connect your iPad via the USB cable, open Control Panel, and go to Scanners and Camera > Apple iPhone (or iPod).
2. Right-click on it and choose Properties from the menu.
3. Go to the Events tab and choose “Camera connected” from the “Select an event” drop-down menu.

Pick one of three actions:

* Start this program – The default program is Microsoft Scanner and Camera Wizard, which will take you through the process of downloading your pictures. You can also choose a different program from the drop-down menu.

* Take no action – Choose this option if you want to manage your photos with iTunes. Windows won’t do anything automatically when you connect your device.

* Save all pictures to this folder – Choosing this option will automatically download your photos to a folder that you choose whenever your device is connected.


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