OS X Finder Service to convert Grab.app TIFF files to JPG

It drives me nuts that Grab.app defaults to .tif as the file type. And no matter how many times I try the recommended :

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type jpg

I can not get it to default to save as a jpg (and I tried jpeg). All I can guess is that this command does not work in 10.6. I don’t know. It drives me nuts.

So I sat down and created a quick OS X Service in Automator that takes files as an input and changes them to jpg. First in automator I selected “Service” as my workflow type

Next, I set the Service receives selected “files or folders” in “any application” values.┬áThen I added the “Change Type of Images” action and set “To Type” to JPEG.

Hit save as “ChangeToJPEG” and now when I right click an annoying .tif, I have an option under Services to ChageToJPG

Grab.app is still annoying, but this makes it more tolerable.

2 Responses to OS X Finder Service to convert Grab.app TIFF files to JPG

  1. gurpal August 14, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    good converter

  2. Janeo September 13, 2011 at 5:03 am #

    Thanks – this makes it much easier