Ever had this problem? You have a DOS-based utility or program that runs at full screen. You can’t have it windowed. It just minimizes itself. Pressing the “F12” button or PrintScreen button doesn’t work. Pressed almost everything, (yeah, Ctrl +, Alt +, Shift +, even Ctrl + Shift + right?) and still nothing!
You try another bunch of screen capture apps like SnagIt, Print Screen Deluxe, etc. NOTHING…
And since I was needing an immediate solution to getting this ‘image’ from the screen, I was almost about to grab a digital camera and take a picture of my monitor!!! Imagine how that would look like in a presentation.
Don’t despair! Looks like you just haven’t Googled enough yet. 😀 heehee… Good thing I found this DOS-based program. Yeah, yeah… I didn’t check if it’s spyware or virus. Just like most of the things I mention here (like that AquaDock which is supposed to be malware thing), I don’t really mind because as long as it serves its purpose, in this case printing the full screen of a DOS program, I’m fine with it. Besides, my PC isn’t slowing down because of anything, by my last SpybotS&D scan. It’s because I’m filling up my HDD with stuff! hahaha…
My advice right now, before we go any further, download at your own risk.
Back to that program… VTHIEF. it’s actually a memory-resident command line program (actually, set of programs) that grab whichever DOS screen you want in that you couldn’t get in XP. I think lower versions of Windows are still able to get a full screen cap in DOS since the OS is still based on DOS. (or am I wrong again? my apologies, i’m no software guru) Procedures:
1. Find vthief first. 😀 heehee… I can’t seem to find that web link where I got the ZIP file. At least it’s a bit easier, you know what to Google for.
2. I’m not sure about this next procedure actually. I think you have to put the programs in the same directory as the EXE of the program you wanna capture the screen of. I think this is usually for graphical DOS programs. ‘Load’ the VTHIEF program in memory by typing ‘vthief’ at the command prompt.
3. Run your program and do what you have to do.
4. Press the HotKey (usually F12). Check the README file inside the <ENG> folder with the VTHIEF ZIP files.
5. You will now get a new file named something like ‘0000.vtf’ this is the image grabbed by VTHIEF already.
6. To view the screen cap, type VIEW386 <filename.ext>. You should see the full screen cap.
7. Press “b” on your keyboard to convert it to a bitmap. Haven’t checked how to save the vtf to jpg yet. Maybe you have more time on your own… I was in a rush when I did this.
8. Exit the program and view your new bitmap screen cap!
The program is simple but involves a lot of typing if you need numerous screen caps of DOS screens. Here are some of my screen caps: