WWWeasel uses the xwpick application
which allows users to identify and snapshot a window on the screen, then
makes the image of that window the current GIF media selection. This
command is initiated via the ``Media Snapshot from Screen''
menu entry. The user is then prompted to click on any window of the
current screen, or to sweep out a region using the mouse - a flashing
border is presented to indicate the window or region selected. The
<space> key'' must be hit to actually snapshot the window/region
- this is needed because the user may want to perform additional mouse
operations to activate the application being snapshott'd, for example,
popping up an application menu.
We believe that engineers will find this feature very useful in creating their engineering notebook entries, as they will easily be able to document the graphics rendered by their own job-specific tools and directly enter these snapshots into their notebooks along side textual commentary explaining the conditions behind the snapshot. Links to the application data associated with the screen snap (e.g. a CAD file) may be placed within the explanations. This provides a very effective hypertextual means of documenting the status of design tools, computer protoypes, experiments and simulations that are ever present in engineering design work.