Wednesday, August 23, 2006

PC vs. Mac: The Battle Over WoW Screenshots

There's a big dumb debate running rampant thru my inbox ever since Greg hit Reply All instead of just Reply over PC vs. Mac. It all started when I found a Web page for the 1998 Mac Gaming Championship and made a joke about how there really ARE no games on the Mac. Needless to say, all hell broke loose (seems to be a trend around here lately) and people are fighting tooth and nail about it.

Then I found this, which reiterated what I already thought. The short version is that in Windows (on a PC), to take an in-game screenshot, you hit the universally known Print Screen key, then either open the default saved image or paste the saved visual data into ANY common graphic editing program.

On the Mac, your machine may or may not have the required key, and if not, you have to fiddle with a bunch of settings, and even THEN you might have to download and install Adobe Acrobat just to do anything with the image.

Read the full details below....

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How To Take WoW Screenshots!

For Windows Users:

While in the game, press the Print Screen key on your keyboard. You should see a Screen Captured message. The screenshot will appear as a targa (TGA) file in the Screenshots folder, in your main World of Warcraft directory. You may need to get a special image viewing utility to open up or modify the TGA file such as IrfanView if you cannot do so normally. (NOT NECESSARY. JUST PASTE IT INTO MS PAINT, INCLUDED WITH EVERY COPY OF WINDOWS)

For Mac Users:

There are two methods for taking screenshots on the Mac:

Players can take a screenshot in-game using the keyboard key bound to the Print Screen functionality.

If you have a keyboard with an F13 key, press the key to take an in-game screenshot. Players without an F13 key on the keyboard can change the default Screen Shot key in the Key Bindings menu.
You should see a Screen Captured message. The screenshot will appear as a JPEG file in the Screenshots folder, in your main World of Warcraft folder. Additionally, Mac OS X includes functionality to take a desktop screenshot that will save onto the desktop. This built-in functionality can be used to take an in-game screenshot.

While in the game, press Command-Shift-3 on your keyboard. The screenshot will appear as an Acrobat Reader (PDF) file on the desktop. You may need to obtain Adobe Acrobat Reader to open up or modify the PDF file if you cannot do so normally.

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