Windows Vista changed the way that windows are rendered in large scale or custom DPI configurations. Since this is an opt-in change, applications need to specifically request the new behavior akin to the way applications need to explicitly request themed common controls. Those applications that are not DPI aware will effectively be stretched by the desktop window manager.
Anyway, Window Clippings is now DPI aware on Windows Vista. This means that it will correctly capture images of windows that are also DPI aware. It’s not quite perfect in that some apps that aren’t DPI aware aren’t yet captured correctly and I’m hoping to fix this in future but at least for those apps that have paid their software taxes so to speak Window Clippings will work just fine. Window Clippings continues to support custom DPI configurations on Windows XP as well as on Windows Vista when using the XP-style DPI scaling.
To get the latest build simply select “Check for Updates” from the Window Clippings context menu. If you are a new user simply download the latest version of Window Clippings 1.5.
If you happen to be using one of these applications that are not DPI aware and the application is being noticeably stretched, you can tell Windows to disable display scaling for the application. Here’s how: Find the application executable and open its property pages. Open the Compatibility tab and check the “Disable display scaling…” option. A good example of an app that is *not* DPI aware is Windows Live Messenger.
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