How to Grab

I often need to take some portions of the screen both on Tiger and Snow.

I can do the standard command - Shift -4 but this only saves to the desktop and it requires living the app finding the image, renaming it and putting wherever it needs to go.

On tiger GRAB is not scriptable. There is no way to set the pref to open directly with "Grab selection"Option.

Actually I like grab as it returns the result and allows to repeat the operation is something went wrong and allows saving to the folder of choice.

Is there a Gui Scripting system to do so?

Such use using comand ctrl 4 which sends to clipboard
automaqtically open preview after the selection
the use preview normally (to name and save the image or repeat the whome thing)

AppleScript: 2.3
Browser: Safari 533.17.8
Operating System: Mac OS X (10.6)

Thanks as always


Do some searches for “screencapture”. It’s the command line equivalent of getting screenshots. And yes it can send the result to the clipboard. You can look at the man page for info too.