Monday, August 11, 2008

Catch a Glimpse of Learning: Screenhunter

Words are great tools for learning so much so that there's no denying that students should acquire knowledge and mastery of spelling and reading. However, images are just as valuable when it comes to conveying ideas. That's why educators and pupils should get acquainted with an image capturing resource called Screenhunter. This nifty application does a bang-up job of capturing anything that appears on a computer screen. The old way of taking a screen shot on a PC called for users to press the "Print Screen" key on the keyboard. Next, users would stop and paste the screenshot into an image editing program where it would also have to cropped, resized, and saved.

This process was very time consuming. The use of Screenhunter streamlines the capturing and use of images. For teachers and students who need to use computer images in a slideshow and other documents, Screenhunter is veritably indispensable. It's not hard to find and install the application. The steps for doing so are listed below.

First, visit the following link:
This box will appear.
Click on the SAVE FILE button.
An icon like this will appear on the desktop.
Double-click the icon and install the program. It's mainly a matter of clicking a series of NEXT buttons.
When the following screen appears, stop and take a look.
Unless the Wisdom-soft toolbar is desired, UNCHECK the checked box.
If properly installed, the following screen should appear.
At this point, it's possible to start using the program without doing much of anything else. Simply click the STAND BY button.
Note, sending the program into stand by mode keeps it running until needed. That's important to remember as Screenhunter must be running if it's to be used. New users often install the program, turn their PCs off, and later, when they restart their PCs, complain that it's not working when they've neglected to crank it up. To locate the program, simply look under the START menu.
If the program is running, it can be activated at any time by pressing the F6 key on the keyboard. When activated, users have the ability to use a crosshairs symbol (it looks like + sign) to select the portion of the computer screen to be captured. Unless the user specifies where captured images will be stored, they'll be saved to the desktop.
To save screenshots in another location, users can click on the Screenhunter shortcut at the bottom right-hand portion of the screen to access the control panel (it looks like a little hand).
After the control panel appears, users can click on the TO button.
Next the user can click on the folder icon to browse to a suitable folder where screenshots can be saved.

By the way, all of the images used in this tutorial were created using Screenhunter.

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