Since EU3 doesn't have a built-in screenshot key, you have to use Prnt-Scrn to create a screenshot. Problem is: this screenshot is placed on the clipboard and isn't saved to a file. So you need to go to MS Paint (or whatever) to actually save the shot.
That's rather unhandy.
Here comes Materialiser into play. It's a simple utility that places itself into the tray. All it does is monitor the clipboard, and saves any passing image to a a (specified) location on disk. You can choose what format to use to save the image (PNG, BMP, JPG, TIFF and GIF).
Download it here.
It needs the .Net Framework 2.0 to run; this is installed with EU3 normally.
Running the exe places an icon into your tray:
You can double-click the icon to disable the tool (or to re-enable it). When it's disabled, it shows greyed out in the tray.
When an image is saved, a small popup balloon is shown:
Clicking the balloon opens the default windows image viewer to display the image just captured. You can dismiss the balloon with the little close button.
To access the settings dialog, right click the icon to display the menu, then select "settings...". You'll get this screen:
You can modify:
- If the tool is enabled or not
- The type of file to save
- The format of the saved file name. It always includes a time and datestamp, but you can specify a prefix and suffix (you can, of course, leave these empty too).
- The location to save the files to. Enter a (valid) path or use the browse button to locate one with a folder chooser.
(screenshots made with Materialiser) (no animals were harmed during this process)