In software documentation, it’s most common to use real screenshots. However, there are also cases where it’s better to use an illustration of a software user interface. An illustration may look very similar to reality, or it may be abstract and simplified.
Using an illustration can be a good solution:
▪if you cannot take a real screenshot (examples: the software does not yet exist; the software doesn’t work properly; you don’t have access to the software; the software runs on a device that doesn’t allow you to capture the screen)
▪if you don’t need to show the screen in detail but only some characteristic elements
Using illustrations can also simplify the translation process (see ).