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EarthWeb: Creating Screenshots with SVGAlib

Dec 23, 2000, 16:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Link)

"SVGAlib (the Linux Super VGA Graphics Library) is a powerful, console-based library used to display graphics under Linux. It's entirely separate from the X-Windowing System, and won't work across a network. However, it compensates for these shortcomings by being extremely fast and easy to use, and it allows full-screen displays. Therefore, it is often employed by gamers, programmers, and gurus alike."

"One consistently popular request is to develop a method by which programmers and end-users can create screenshots using SVGAlib. Screen captures can be used to immortalize the highlights of a favorite game, or to share the end results of many other graphical endeavors. As some users are quick point out, screenshots are easy enough to accomplish in X-Windows (and various other operating systems), so surely there's an easy and equivalent function to be found in SVGAlib?"

"Unfortunately, the answer is a discouraging "no," but we'll solve that problem shortly. First, let's take a moment to analyze the situation, and what makes SVGAlib unique in today's milieu."

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