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import − saves any visible window on an X server and outputs it as an image file. You can capture a single window, the entire screen, or any rectangular portion of the screen.


import [options] output-file


The import program is a member of the ImageMagick(1) suite of tools. Use it to capture some or all of an X server screen and save the image to a file.

For more information about the import command, point your browser to file:///usr/share/doc/ImageMagick-6/www/import.html or


Image Settings:
−adjoin join images into a single multi-image file
−border include window border in the output image
−channel type apply option to select image channels
−colorspace type alternate image colorspace
−comment string annotate image with comment
−compress type type of pixel compression when writing the image
−define format:option
define one or more image format options
−density geometry horizontal and vertical density of the image
−depth value image depth
−descend obtain image by descending window hierarchy
−display server X server to contact
−dispose method layer disposal method
−dither method apply error diffusion to image
−delay value display the next image after pausing
−encipher filename convert plain pixels to cipher pixels
−endian type endianness (MSB or LSB) of the image
−encoding type text encoding type
−filter type use this filter when resizing an image
−format "string" output formatted image characteristics
−frame include window manager frame
−gravity direction which direction to gravitate towards
−identify identify the format and characteristics of the image
−interlace type None, Line, Plane, or Partition
−interpolate method pixel color interpolation method
−label string assign a label to an image
−limit type value Area, Disk, Map, or Memory resource limit
−monitor monitor progress
−page geometry size and location of an image canvas
−pause seconds seconds delay between snapshots
−pointsize value font point size
−quality value JPEG/MIFF/PNG compression level
−quiet suppress all warning messages
−regard-warnings pay attention to warning messages
−respect-parentheses settings remain in effect until parenthesis boundary
−sampling-factor geometry
horizontal and vertical sampling factor
−scene value image scene number
−screen select image from root window
−seed value seed a new sequence of pseudo-random numbers
−set property value set an image property
−silent operate silently, i.e. don’t ring any bells
−snaps value number of screen snapshots
−support factor resize support: > 1.0 is blurry, < 1.0 is sharp
−synchronize synchronize image to storage device
−taint declare the image as modified
−transparent-color color
transparent color
−treedepth value color tree depth
−verbose print detailed information about the image
−virtual-pixel method
Constant, Edge, Mirror, or Tile
−window id select window with this id or name

Image Operators:
−annotate geometry text
annotate the image with text
−colors value preferred number of colors in the image
−crop geometry preferred size and location of the cropped image
−geometry geometry preferred size or location of the image
−help print program options
−monochrome transform image to black and white
−negate replace each pixel with its complementary color
−repage geometry size and location of an image canvas
−quantize colorspace reduce colors in this colorspace
−resize geometry resize the image
−rotate degrees apply Paeth rotation to the image
−strip strip image of all profiles and comments
−thumbnail geometry create a thumbnail of the image
−transparent color make this color transparent within the image
−trim trim image edges
−type type image type

Miscellaneous Options:
−debug events display copious debugging information
−help print program options
−log format format of debugging information
−list type print a list of supported option arguments
−version print version information

By default, ’file’ is written in the MIFF image format. To specify a particular image format, precede the filename with an image format name and a colon (i.e. ps:image) or specify the image type as the filename suffix (i.e. Specify ’file’ as ’-’ for standard input or output.




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