According to Mac Buyers Guide the changes in screen shots over earlier
versions has meant that natively, OS-X 10.2 does capture by default in
OS-X 10.0 > capture TIFF, application
OS-X 10.1.x > capture TIFF w/hotkeys; application
OS-X 10.2 > capture multipage PDF w/hotkeys; application
source: "Comparing Mac OS X Versions
How does OS X 10.2 Jaguar compare with the 10.0 and 10.1 releases?"
by Graeme Bennett Aug12, 2002; Last updated: Sept. 7, 2002
I'm surprised you cannot open your PDF files in Photoshop.
Photoshop is able to open PDF files directly, I have Photoshop 6 and
PDF's are parsed by going: File > Open (then select the PDF file you
want to work on) then you can save in the format of your choice.
Photoshop 6 can open Acrobat 5 files.
"NOTE 3: Photoshop 5 and above can also be used to directly open
entire (unprotected) PDF pages. However, version 5.0 may not open some
PDFs created with Acrobat 4.0, which uses the v.1.3 PDF technical
specification. (Photoshop v.5.5 will handle the newer PDFs as well as
those created with earlier specs.) Photoshop can also be set to open a
batch of PDF pages into a folder or directory, then used to
automatically create "contact sheet" pages of thumbnail images from
the PDF pages."
"Editing PDF-based images with Photoshop 5.x" PDF Zone
Maybe you have Photoshop 4.x if so, you may want to consider an
upgrade or use the Snapz Pro X screen capture utility which 'should'
be standard with OS-X 10.2 system bundle.
Apple.com highlights that Snapz Pro X is an excellent utility to save
various screen captures in a variety of formats. (perhaps take another
look on your system CDs? Sometimes extra bits are not installed with
the default installation)
"Snapz Pro X may well be the niftiest screen capture solution for the
Mac and it even lets you record movies. You can use Snapz Pro X to
make your training video, complete with your own narration, without
worrying about large file sizes or slow connections. Snapz Pro X
supports saving screen images as .bmp, .pict, .gif, .jpg, .png, .tiff,
.pdf and Photoshop files, and also records animated or action
sequences as a QuickTime movie. With Snapz Pro X, youll never again
have to tell people about how cool a game is or how to use a
particular program you can simply take a picture or movie of it and
let them see it with their own eyes."
This will then allow Photoshop to open one of the file formats.
If Snapz Pro X isn't in your 10.2 system bundle, you can obtain a copy
from the Ambrosia software site @$49 which is cheaper than a Photoshop
You may want to try a capture to clipboard rather than to file
(which 'might' avoid saving it to PDF ..you have to try it as I don't
This AppleCare Knowledge Base Document outlines the steps:
"Control-click to capture to the clipboard instead of to a file."
Once you have it on the clipboard (hopefully not in PDF format) you
can copy and paste it into Photoshop for editing.
jaguar "screen capture" pdf
photoshop open pdf
"screen capture" os-x PDF
I hope the above helps, if you need any clarification to the answer