11/13/11
2:07 pm

Forum Question: Can I Change the Extension Png Of iPad Screenshots?

I know how to make a screenhot on my iPad 2, but I would prefer the extension jpg instead of png. Can it be changed in some setting or..?
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Hans Doeleman

Comments: 4 Responses to “Can I Change the Extension Png Of iPad Screenshots?”

    11/13/11 @ 2:20 pm

    So there are two different things: the extension and the file type. But usually you want them to match. If a file is a PNG file, you want it to have a .png extension. If it is a JPEG file, you want to have a .jpg extension. Not having them match could spell trouble. So you don’t want to change the extension. You want to convert the file from one type to the other.
    PNG is a lossless graphics format (every pixel is there 100%). JPEG is a compressed file format. So to convert them you need to use a graphics program and basically compress the PNG image into a JPEG one.
    You could use something as sophisticated as Photoshop for this. But the Preview program that comes with your Mac works too.
    So open the PNG file in Preview. Then choose File, Export. At the bottom of this Export As dialog you can change the format to JPEG, and then pick a compression amount. Something about 3/4 of the way toward “best” is usually good. Then save the new version of the file.

    Andy Suhaka
    11/13/11 @ 8:03 pm

    It’s just as easy to do a Save As… in Preview & choose JPEG from the drop down menu. I’ve never “Export”ed.

    Hans Doeleman
    11/14/11 @ 12:43 am

    Thank you both for your reply. But..! On my MacBook Pro I can make a screenshot (apple-shift-4) which will be saved to my desktop as Picture 1.jpg .
    I must have changed a setting somewhere along the line, because the screenshot USED to be saved as Picture 1.png . Any modifications I do in GraphicConverter 7.x.x.
    I want the same effect on my iPad 2: screenshot.jpg instead of screenshot.png – without any extra work.
    I hope I made myself clear (English is not my first language).

      11/14/11 @ 7:49 am

      You won’t be able to force your iPad to save screen shots in another format. But consider this: why not use the PNG files? PNG is a great format and works pretty much everywhere that jpg does. And the screens will be higher quality than jpg images. So why convert them at all?

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