#\:D/ : Screenshooting, cursor too

…with IrfanView

While Snipping Tool still delights me, today I learned to Capture a screenshot with IrfanView that shows the mouse cursor! … \:D/

In brief:

Open Irfan View -> Options -> Capture/Screenshot (check/modify settings) -> Start -> Ctrl-F11

To clarify: the settings to manage screen capture in IrfanView are accessed through the Options menu, being sixth available option if canvas is blank.


Capture Setup has many controls. I set the capture area to Foreground window. I left capture method at default Hot Key CTRL+F11. I left default at including mouse cursor. And after the capture show in main window of IrfanView.

IrfanView Capture Setup has four bundles of options. Capture Area has seven types from full desktop area to a fixed screen rectangle. Capture method can be by hotkey or automatic on timer. After the capture offers four options, to show, copy to clipboard, send to printer or save. Finally in addition to default mouse cursor, two other options area to scroll window and set when to stop, if filming.

Yes will need to crop

But cropping–once I realised* how (when there is an image on the canvas and no paint tools selected, just left click drag, let-go, Ctrl+Y)–is also rather nifty in IrfanView, offering (via Edit -> Show selection grid) a golden ratio grid.

*(thanks to Lord Spam Magnet & Grinler at BleepingComputers)

PS – if you were wondering

  • \:D/ in title is a Happy Dance
  • the screenshot for which I wanted a cursor…
    Pasting values only (or paste as plain text) in Google Sheets…relates to a possible future post about importing+keeping Google Search results for a google portion of a literature review.

Sons are useful for… making icons

Calendar in Chrome icon

Or: Mothers and sons learn together

Can I?…

My calendar is in Google calendar. A shortcut on my desktop lets me open it in Chrome with one click.  Of course, then I decided I wanted a special calendar icon for it.  I wanted a calendar in the middle of a chrome icon. Yes a calendar icon would have been simpler but I had a notion of it needing to look similar to the shortcut I have at work.

Would you?

This is where my digital-media-trained and his Photoshop skillz comes in.

That’s great but …

Unfortunately his beautiful combinations looked fine in photoshop, but the first opened at my end with a black background, another had a white background, and when we tried to save as .ico in bmp or png formats (because Photoshop CC did not seem to be able to save to .ico) some showed no image at all.

Trial and error

Some of the clues we tried:

  • Ryan at StackExchange suggested that we must first save the .png files to the computer, and then open them with Photoshop (during copy paste techniques Photoshop converts the transparency to black).
  • Although my issue does not involve WordPress as did Mike Lee’s 2012 issue with the black turning up when he resized images, I wondered from his problem statement whether I might eliminate resizing as a possible cause by using images that were already the desired size. That appeared to help, but we were working through ideas so quickly I am not sure if it was required, because for the one below Mr 17 did resize one of the source images.  I’d have preferred a blue calendar, but could not find one the right size licenced for reuse.
Calendar in Chrome icon
Image (pre-iconised) I use for shortcut to Calendar in Chrome

Source images are from Wikipedia: (Calendar) and (Chrome).

Webcomics I read

… when I am not too busy on the learning spiral


  • I have been reflecting on my past use of delicious (by searching my other blog)
  • In one post I mentioned experimenting with delicious as a startpage (apparently not a great idea, and despite my “mmf” I am now using igoogle);
  • At the bottom of that post, one of the three pretty “You might also like” sourced by the lovely widget LinkWithin mentioned a post I’d written about one of the webcomics I read;
  • Prompting me to remember that on my Xoom I have a direct (bookmark) icon to my webcomic tag on delicious – to access all the ones I am reading;
  • Giving me a lovely topic upon which to test whether I can still get a linkroll to work:

Webcomics I read (via Delicious Curator):

This took a little effort to learn. On first test, it created a nice little post for me–BUT–I had failed to ensure that the tag it drew in was unique to only those bookmarks I wanted to include. Then, after I had tidied them all up with better notes and titles and gave them an additional tag, Delicious Curator would not take them again under the same tag (even with a second tag).  I finally told it to use just the new tag and this time it worked, even if it is not pretty.

Detours (to a linkroll widget)

My oh my oh my, what a drama. In between giving up and finally succeeding with the above I dithered around trying alternatives. One idea was to create a blogroll widget.  I didn’t find a way to do that directly from Delicious, but somewhere I picked up the idea of using Google Reader.

Bundle Clips

No simple way to transfer bookmark links to Reader subscriptions I transferred them by hand.  Eventually I worked out that Google Reader calls blogrolls “Bundle Clip”s

See “Create a bundle clip for your website” – second option for each bundle?

— Unfortunately, it uses javascript, and WordPress apparently doesn’t like javascript–

Silver lining

It has been a bit of a pain to use Delicious to check in to each webcomic for its latest, so now Google Reader can tell me whether there is an update.  I do not mind that some do not let their images through — as I understand their need for ad support.

How did they get there?

Import OPML – hiccup, hiccup

FIRST (in retrospect): Create a new link category.

So, with the OPML Importer plugin, WordPress will import OPML files to a blogroll. BUT: did you know that there are already some links in the “Blogroll” category of links?  I did not.

Unfortunately there is no bulk edit option to recategorise my newly imported links to distinguish them from those I had not even known existed.  For what does WordPress use these links anyway? — However (really getting into silver linings today) considering I was already editing each one-by-one, I figured I might as copy across my notes on each for its description because I do like on-hover explanations before I follow a link.

Link Widget

Finally I was ready to create a link widget (sidebar blogroll). This is (as long as I am not on my Xoom) as easy as drag, drop and refine. ie: select the special category, decide whether to show descriptions and ratings.  Oh yes, I could rate them!

I wonder if and how groups that use WordPress as a content management system use this Links management capacity.

I must also learn more about this XFN thing – what do people do with that?

Something to learn about – if not for this subject

I wonder if I can manage to publish before I go looking for images to make that blogroll or this post prettier?