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A toolkit for image capture and benchmarking for diagnostic purposes.
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Screenshot Tools...  

Displays the "Screen Capture Frame" dialog. This tool lets you capture all or part of your project window to an image file in PNG format. Click the Choose... button to pick the location where you want to save the screenshot. Then click the button corresponding to the part of the project window you want to capture. Most of these buttons are self-explanatory.

Screenshot Tools can be handy for capturing:
  • Tracks with their waveform or spectrogram (use any of the three ... Tracks buttons)
  • Plots of amplitude against frequency for a selected region (use any of the Capture Window buttons to capture the Frequency Analysis window on its own).

Capture entire window or screen

The buttons in this section enable you to take screenshots of particular parts of the screen.

Pressing any of these buttons will take the screenshot of that entity and place it in the location specified in Save images to.

  • Capture Window Only captures the window without its title bar.
  • Capture Full Window captures the window including its title bar.
  • Capture Window Plus captures the window including its title bar, plus a small border region outside the window for context.
  • Capture Full Screen captures the entire computer screen as you see it.

Capture part of a project window

The buttons in this section enable you to take screenshots of particular parts of the Audacity window such as toolbars and selected tracks.

Pressing any of these buttons will take the screenshot of that entity and place it in the location specified in Save images to.

Scale

The buttons in this section can be used to change the scale of the image prior to using one of the screenshot capture buttons above:

  • The Sec, Min and One Hour buttons zoom the project window horizontally so that a little more than the length indicated on the button is shown on the Timeline.
  • The three ... Tracks buttons zoom all the tracks in the project to a preset height. For example, Short Tracks displays the tracks at minimal height so they only show the Audio Track Dropdown Menu and Collapse/Expand button TrackCollapse.png.
Warning icon Limitations:
  • Screenshot Tools resets all the Toolbars to default positions and settings.
  • Some individual parts of the interface cannot be captured, such as menus, and dialogs that do not allow you to click anywhere else while the dialog is open.
    As alternatives, you can use File > Print...  to print an image of the current tracks with the Timeline above, excluding the Track Control Panel and vertical scale. Or you can use the operating system commands to capture the entire screen or the active window, then open your favorite image editor and paste then save the image.

Run Benchmark...  

Performs a mock editing routine to test how fast Audacity runs on your machine, expressed in terms of the estimated number of simultaneous tracks that could be played at once in a 44100 Hz, 16 bits per sample project.

If the sample rate of the tracks differs from the Project Rate, causing real-time sample rate conversion, the number of tracks you can play may be lower than the Benchmark result. Using stereo or mono tracks, or using the default 32-bit sample format instead of 16-bit should not significantly change the number of tracks you can play.


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