Image File Format Types and Options

SnagIt provides 28 different file formats to use for Image and Printer captures

Select the Show advanced types checkbox to view all 28 file or uncheck to view an abbreviated list of the most common types.

Select the file format for image captures.

      Select Remember last used format to use the same type of file format as the previous capture.

      Select Always use this file format to select a file type for every capture.

What File Format Should I Choose?

  Click the option in the Available Options column to see the description.

File Types

Available Options

BMP - OS/2 Bitmap

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BMP - Windows Bitmap

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CAL - CALS

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CMP - LEAD

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CUR - Windows cursor

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Append if file exists

Transparency On

EMF - Windows Enhanced Metafile Format

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EPS - Encapsulated
Postscript

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GIF - CompuServe GIF

  GIF format is limited to 256 colors and is a lossless compression file format, a common choice for use on the Web. GIF is a good choice for storing line drawings, text, and iconic graphics at a small file size.

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Transparency On

ICA - IBM IOCA [Wrapped]

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ICO - Windows Icon

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Append if file exists

Transparency On

IMG - GEM Image

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JPG - JPEG image

  JPG format is a lossy compressed file format. This makes it useful for storing photographs at a smaller size than a BMP. JPG is a common choice for use on the Web because it is compressed.  For storing line drawings, text, and iconic graphics at a smaller file size, GIF or PNG are better choices because they are lossless.

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MHT - Web Page with Image

  MHTML is similar to an HTML Web page, except that the HTML and images are combined into a single file. MHT is useful for quickly sharing an image along with simple links/hotspots with just one file and is most useful in e-mail, where the Web page, complete with images, is inserted directly into the body of the e-mail in Outlook and Outlook Express.

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MSP - Microsoft Paint

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PCT - Macintosh Picture

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PCX - PC Paintbrush

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PDF - Adobe PDF

PDF Page Setup

PNG- Portable Network Graphics

  PNG format is a lossless compression file format, which makes it a common choice for use on the Web. PNG is a good choice for storing line drawings, text, and iconic graphics at a small file size.

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PSD - Adobe PhotoShop 3.0

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RAS - SUN Raster

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RAW - IBM IOCA[Raw]

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SNAG - SnagIt Capture File

  SNAG file format is an Editor-only format that retains vector-based objects. If captures or image files containing vector objects are saved as a format other than a .SNAG file, the vector objects will be flattened and made a permanent part of the image. Once flattened, the vector objects cannot be separated from the image.

No options available.

SWF - Macromedia Flash

To use the hotspots with Flash Popup properties, you must use the E-mail Output or save as a Macromedia Flash file (SWF). Flash is used for interactive images intended for Web sites or for viewing within a browser.

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TGA - Truevision Targa

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TIF - Tagged Image File

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WFX - WinFax

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WMF - Windows Metafile Format

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WPG - WordPerfect

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