The SAVEIMG Command

William Forty
William Forty

Taking a screenshot of your work is sometimes required, and while it's not particularly difficult to just press the PrntScr (print screen) key and save it using whatever picture editor you use, there is another way. The SAVEIMG command essentially does a screenshot of the document area of the AutoCAD® window. It gives the following dialogue box, which allows you to save the image in a few varieties of bitmap:


Naturally, this is particularly useful when you're doing more than one save. If for example you had to save 20 screenshots of various parts of your work, this will most certainly save you time.

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2013-01-31 01:17:07

I noticed that when I used the saveimg command of a drawing in paper space, it only captured the objects drawn in paper space. It left behind all the model space objects. Did I do something wrong?

2013-02-03 11:24:26

No, I guess that's just the way it works in paperspace. There might be a system variable which controls the behaviour, but I don't know what it is!

frank de brouwer
2013-02-13 10:53:28

a bit late perhaps but: i use gadwin printscreen, a free little program, that allows for printing the entire screen or a part of it (via rectangular selection). works with just a hit on the prt scr button. Most important: it can save as a jpeg. The display quality of bmp is horrible.

2013-02-17 19:13:43

Thanks for that little tip - I think it depends on the type of bmp you're saving as in theory bmp's should be perfect quality due to no compression, unless of course you're using a limited colour palette.