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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Tue Dec 22, 1998  1:38 am
Subject:  Creating .GIF Files on the Mac

December 21, 1998

Hi Guys!
What a pile of great messages :-)

The internet was congested this weekend...perhaps some of you noticed?
Messages posted on Friday, didn't arrive to the List until mid-Monday! This
was true for the five other Lists which I keep tabs there must have
been an internet traffic jam.

Thanks Caroline for your excellent description of making .GIFs on an IBM
compatible. I will save that for future reference, since I am a Mac person,
and Windows can be quite different at times.

However, when it comes to creating .GIF files, it sounds like the two
computers are similar. In regards to creating .GIFs on a
Macintosh...SignWriter 4.3 can be used on a Macintosh, if you use SoftPC or
VirtualPC, or if you have an IBM card inside your Macintosh. One of my
Macintoshes has the IBM card, and the other one uses SoftPC and both work
equally as well for me.

To create a .GIF on the Mac, I also do a "screen capture". On the
Macintosh, there are different keystrokes to get a "screen capture". There
are several key-combinations available. I personally use this one:

"Shift-Command-4".....places a picture of the screen into a little graphics
file that you can later open in any graphics program.

I like that because I have a file to refer to later, if I can't remember
something. It is also very useful for another reason... I can continue to
create a whole bunch of screen captures at once, while I am still in
SignWriter. When I close SignWriter, I will find the graphics files
numbered in a row, waiting for me, on the Macintosh desktop.

I than open the files in Photoshop, one by one, clean the SignWriting up a
little and I then export to .GIF files from Photoshop. Of course you need
to know Photoshop to know how to do this, but Photoshop has excellent

Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW


Center For Sutton Movement Writing
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Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA

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