Tip: Work Item Screen Capture (Web UI)


Beginning with RTC version 3.0, the Work Item Web UI provides the ability to take screen shots directly from the browser and attach them to a Work Item. The screen capture tool is a separate Java application that requires Java Web Start to run.

Setting up the Screen Capture Tool


The following is a list of requirements that your computer should meet in order to run the work item screen capture tool:

  • Latest Java installed (at least version 1.5 while version 1.6 is preferred for best Java Web Start experience)
  • a modern web browser like IE 8 or Firefox 3.6 and later
  • at least IE 7 to use the work item pickers and creation dialog on Windows


The screen capture tool does not yet work with a 64-bit Java Runtime Environment (JRE). Mac and Windows typically have a 32-bit JRE available even when the installed operating system is 64-bit (and the tool works fine when run in these environments). On Windows 7, the 64-bit version of Internet Explorer cannot use the screen capture tool.


1. Open the screen capture tool from any work item

2. Select to open the rtc_screencapture.jnlp with Java Web Start (this step and the next may differ slightly based on your browser and browser settings)

3. Accept the signature of the application to start it

4. Use the tool to capture your screen shot and make annotations

In the image below, the capture frame on the left can be resized and moved around the screen to border the area to be captured. Use the Camera button to make the capture. Optionally, use can set a value for the timer in case you need to open pull-down menus or setup the image to be captured in some way. Several controls are available for annotating the captured image. Using the format drop down, you can create PNG, BMP or JPG formatted images. Use the Attach to: actions to attach to the current work item (its ID is shown) or to create a new item or choose a different work item from the repository.

When attached to a work item, the captured file will appear in the Links tab of that work item.


If you are behind a proxy

Make sure that you have configured Java Web Start to use your proxy. For that:

  • open a command prompt from the start menu
  • execute javaws -viewer
  • find the Network Settings button and click on it
  • configure proxy connection as necessary

Tip: Attaching to a new, unsaved work item: It is currently not possible to attach a screen shot to a new, unsaved work item. First save the work item and then open the screen shot tool from it to attach.

Tip: If you are seeing problems with the work item picker or creation dialog, make sure to have a recent version of Internet Explorer installed. Even if you start the screen capture tool with Firefox or any other browser, the embedded work item picker or creation dialog will attempt to use Internet Explorer.

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