Daily Archives: October 1, 2007

Words and Pictures

Here is a typical in-game mistake for me.  Way back whenever, I picked up a quest in Theramore to kill murlocs.  I needed forked murloc tongues for a quest called “Murloc Soup and Bugs.”

I did not really look at the quest, as will become obvious below.  I just ran off to the murlocs I saw near town (you pass over them on the griffon flight from Ratchet) and started hacking away.

I slew murlocs for quite some time.  I even got some nice loot, as I recall.  But I did not get a single forked murloc tongue.

I decided that I must have the wrong murlocs and that I should pick this up another time.

Months pass.  The quest sat in my log, untouched.

Finally, Thursday night I get out my hunter again and decide to clear out some old quests sitting around in his log.  With only 25 quests allowed in your book, you cannot keep a lot of dormant quests sitting around.  So I actually took a look at the quest:

mudrockmurloc.jpg

Oh, yeah.  M-u-d-r-o-c-k. Not M-u-r-l-o-c.

So I wasted some time.  I took the above screen shot to add to the pile of evidence that I am still a noob.

And then I noticed something.

I noticed what crappy quality the screen shot was.

At some point, while we were off in Middle-earth, Blizzard changed the format for screen shots.

They used to be in Truevision format.  I have a lot of screen shots in my WoW directory with the .tga extension.

But now the screen shots are in JPEG format, and the compression is turned up, so the quality is now crap.

Sure, the screen shots are smaller.  All of my recent screen shots, the ones in JPEG format, are between 300 and 600 KB, which is tiny compared to the 7501 KB that each .tga screen shot takes up on my drive.

But the quality is really bad.  I like to crop, edit, and play with screen shots, so I want a full uncompressed bit map if I can get it. (EVE Online and EverQuest at least give me that option.  Vanguard too!)  Truevision isn’t a bit map, but it is close.  In fact, since the sizes are the same for .bmp and .tga screen shots I have, I would have to guess there is no compression at all.  The quality is good.

And, worse still, there is now a huge lag while you take a screen shot, no doubt caused by the software compressing down the screen shot on the fly.  I do not remember there being such lag before this change over.

So I went digging through the settings to find out how to set screen shots back to Truevision format.  I mean, there has to be a setting, right?  They wouldn’t just screw the quality of screen shots without giving you the option to go back the way it worked for two and a half years, right?

I can’t find the setting. 

I could find that setting in EverQuest II, where it is buried deep.  I could find the same setting in EVE Online where it is called something innocuous.  But I cannot find it in World of Warcraft.

Somebody find this setting for me please.

Or am I going to have to load up FRAPS just to take screen shots now?