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I have similar tools that add functionality to the right-click context menu in Windows Explorer. Does somethig like what I described exist?
This one may not be exactly what you're looking for, but it was an MS solution: How to save a graphic from the Clipboard to a file by using Visual Basic .NET or Visual Basic 2005 [support.microsoft.com]
I'm not sure how many graphics programs do this, but PhotoShop and PhotoShop Elements both let me create a new image from the clipboard.
Like you, I've had to keep a gfx program open (usually, Photoshop) to paste images onto a new canvas, then save... what a timewaster when you have to do a few dozen screen shots in a hurry.
It seems like such a no-brainer to drop an image as a high-quality JPG right from the clipboard into a folder in one quick right-click action.
Some ideas... you just assume someone else has already done it. Like full-contact one-handed buckbuck bowling-ball tag, a sport for which there is no league, no teams to play against, and no championships. (sigh)
JPG : 37 KB (truecolor : noticeable noise around lines and text)
PNG : 38 KB (truecolor : lossless - perfect)
GIF : 21 KB (256 color : some loss of quality in boxshot)
PNG : 12 KB (256 color : some loss of quality in boxshot)
JPEG is the wrong format for screenshots. However, it is fair to say some graphics programs may not perform color reduction well and this is essential.
[edited by: coopster at 3:47 pm (utc) on Aug. 28, 2009]
[edit reason] fixed sidescroll [/edit]
I haven't found anything yet.
I think the keyword for searching and finding any type of solution, and that which bill first alluded through his link, is shell. Rather than asking a 3rd party software application to intervene, your desire is that the operating system "just handle this task!"
One thought I have is to create a custom command prompt and add it to your context menu. The custom command prompt could invoke an application that can handle the input from clipboard, conversion, and file save to folder. Once you get that written, do share :)