How to capture iPad’s screen

TRANSLATION NOTES: Please read some comments at the end of this post.

We live in times of fast-foods, everything is on the way, modular, scalable and with relative relevance. So much, that we learn things at flight. After nearly six months of using the Ipad, it occurred to me how I could make what on the desktop is called “print screen” or translated into our language “catch a screenshot.”(*)

How this is done in the PC

clip_image001To do this with the PC, keyboard comes from DOS versions with a button placed on the far right that makes the catch and also applies Copy command. Then, for becoming real this task, we go to the program of our interest (Paint, Word, Excel, etc.) and do Edit / Paste or alternatively Ctrl + V.

It is so basic – too much – but with the sorrow which warrants this afternoon coffee and doughnuts, I didn’t know it for a long time; although I used 5-1/4 Floppy disks on an IBM 286 with an orange tone in my monitor that struck right at the retina… another story.

How it is done with the IPad.

I assure you that I was about to buy an application for 99 cents because I didn’t not find a way. But it is not possible that such elementary things have not been implemented in a tool born of Steve Jobs genius, so after a few minutes of searching finally I found the way.



There are pressed at the same time the buttons marked in the image. That makes a kind of fade in flickering, and then is heard a sound like a camera shot and that’s all. The image is stored in pictures application with 1024 x 768 pixels resolution.

Pass the images to the computer does not work with a few days ago explained procedure, which applies to move other files to the PC. In this case the Ipad is connected with the computer and images are obtained as if they were downloaded photos from a camera. If automatic wizard is not activated, use the right mouse button and choose the Get pictures option.



I take this issue to promote a couple of pictures from my daughter, done with AutoDesk Sketchbook- I just hope not to crash the bandwidth-. While this Ipad version does not have all the desktop functionality; I must admit that it has great potential. My daughter has been almost explaining me its evolution step by step. I used it a few times at the beginning but then she took the habit after the attempt of teaching her to paint with oils, she almost died because of her turpentine allergy.


This was her first attempt.


This is a classic, now I want to see her doing this with acrylic.


In this she requested my help to touch up the fish… then I knew that it is saved as a layered file because I was suffering a while for the bubble that it should touch.


With this she showed me that in new version brushes are loaded as plugins.




The last one was done together at Christmas, when I taught her the basics. Although because of my ignorance, we did everything in a single layer as if we were using MS Paint, she found and showed me that it could be done on separate layers.


(*) capturar un pantallazo: This jargon is translated quite similar as: ‘catch a screenshot’

geograficas a utm 2

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