Win32 and 64, English

Autodesk Inc.
The Screenshot plug-in can be used with Autodesk AutoCAD® to simplify the process of capturing images of parts of drawings, or the entire drawing or application windows.

General Usage Instructions

This plug-in provides a simple, command-line interface for capturing images of AutoCAD drawings and the main application window. It optionally allows you to remap the background to white and the foreground to black, and convert the entire image to grayscale, as well as sending the capture image directly to a printer.

Once loaded, the SCREENSHOT command will display the current settings along with the command's various options:

Current settings: Output=Clipboard, Print=No, Background=Normal, Foreground=Normal, Grayscale=Off

Select first point of capture window or [Document/Application/Objects/Settings]: Picking a point on the screen will start the process to capture a specific window in the active drawing, applying the current application settings.

1.       Selecting the "Document" or "Application" options will cause the active document or overall application windows to be captured, respectively.

2.       Selecting the "Objects" option will allow selection of objects whose extents will be used to choose the section of the screen to capture. See "Known Issues" below for an explanation of the approach used and the issues related to it.

3.       Selecting the "Settings" option provides access to the application settings: Setting to change [Output/Print/Background/Foreground/Grayscale/Exit]:

·         Selecting "Output" allows choice between placing the results of the capture on the clipboard or saved to a file: Save to file or place on the clipboard [File/Clipboard]:

·         Selecting "Print" allows the captured image to be sent automatically to a printer: Send image to printer once captured [Yes/No]:

·         Selecting "Background" allows the drawing background to be re-mapped to white: Force background color to white [Yes/No]:

·         Selecting "Foreground" allows anything other than the drawing background to be converted to black: Force foreground color to black [Yes/No]:

·         Selecting "Grayscale" will replace every pixel in the output image with its respective grayscale equivalent: Convert image to grayscale [Yes/No]: 

·         Selecting "Exit" returns to the main command menu.




The installer that ran when you downloaded this plug-in from Autodesk Exchange has already installed the plug-in. You may need to restart Autodesk Product to activate the plug-in. To uninstall this plug-in, click Control Panel &; Programs &; Programs and Features (Windows 7/8/8.1) or Control Panel & Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP), and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.

Additional Information

ADN Plugins of the Month are provided with full source code that has been installed with this plug-in. While the code is not needed to make use of the plug-in, it will be useful should you want to understand how the plug-in works or to extend its functionality to meet your specific needs.Many thanks to Fred Dickinson, Mark Johnston, Mark Dubelaar, Bill Woodhams, Chris Bray, Nikolay Poleschuk, James Meading and Harry Kortekaas for their input during the design and testing of this plug-in.More information regarding this plug-in can also be found on Kean Walmsley's blog about AutoCAD programming, Through the Interface: us at with feedback or requests for enhancements.


Known Issues

The tool simply captures the graphics via the screen's display buffer: if unwanted application windows are obscuring the image, in some way, then this may need additional handling. The tool will also capture AutoCAD's navigation aids, such as the UCS icon and the ViewCube. These can be turned off manually using the UCSICON and NAVVCUBE commands, if needed, but are not currently hidden automatically by the plug-in. If the "Objects" option is used, the tool will calculate the approximate screen extents of the objects selected by the user, capturing that area in the output image. For the sake of efficiency this is an approximate calculation: if more precision is needed it is recommended to select specific window points for the capture. If the "Document" option is used and the active document is in an overlapping window, undesired behavior may be experienced. Maximising the document window or using window selection should help.


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Version History

Version Number Version Description


Updated to support  AutoCAD® 2018 (No change in version number)


Updated to support AutoCAD® 2012 Exchange Store autoloader bundle format

Updated help to HTML file and to reflect new load mechanism

Removed automatic registration/de-registration code (handled by new load mechanism)


Changed demand-loading to be on command invocation

Added message to the REMOVESS command

Added Dispose() call for temporary bitmap


Changed demand-loading to be on command invocation

Added CONFIGSS command and additional application settings

Added configurable delays when capturing images

Fixed logic for creating pure black on white images


Removed redundant assembly dependency (WindowsBase)

Fixed settings display issue


Original release

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