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Looking for Guidance to write an application:  PrintScreen Email Automation

Posted on 2011-03-17
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Let me start off by saying that I am NOT looking for code or for someone to write an application for me.  This is what I am thinking....

I work for a hospital with a very large medical application that gets glitches from time to time.  The service desk gets tickets about these glitches but almost never gets a screen shot.  I would like to write an app that would take over the PrntScrn button on the keyboard, take a screen shot of the ENTIRE window, then email that screen shot as an attachment to a specific email address.  

I am thinking that the app would have to be something running in the system tray or the background as a process.

I am strong in VB and know some Java, but I have never worked with C or C#.  I don't even know where to start.  Is VB sufficient for this?  HELP!
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Yes.  There are even examples that do almost exactly what you want:

http://www.geekpedia.com/tutorial181_Capturing-screenshots-using-Csharp.html

You can easily do the same in VB, or no doubt google would lead to a vb example.
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http://www.rgagnon.com/javadetails/java-0489.html

here is an example with java.  I can speak from experience that the Java mail api is pretty easy to use and with java you are relatively platform independent .  I also have used the java robot function to handle copy paste functions from system clipboard to java clipboard.   hope that helps.
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