- Capture a dashboard screen (eg Google Apps)
- Paste into MS Paint
- Annotate inside Paint
- Save as a JPEG
- Post on my DeHaan Services blog
Not so, said my editor: I need permission to use the screen captures.
Rather than pursue Google and Microsoft...since they might never reply to a no-name freelance writer, for all I know...I mocked-up the main information from scratch in Excel worksheets and copied them into Paint. The three final steps merely repeated what I had done with the screen captures.
I also e-mailed my plan to the editor, so he would not think I was trying to pull one over on him.
TIP: Screen captures are not "commercial re-use with modification", as an image license might say. Either get explicit permission or work around it by making a recognizably-different image.