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capture lightning in a bottle

To achieve or succeed at doing something that is incredibly difficult, unlikely, and/or elusive. Primarily heard in US. The playwright captured lightning in a bottle with his first play, taking the world by storm and thrusting him into the spotlight of fame. This rookie team, such underdogs in this championship, are trying to capture lightning in a bottle with an upset win over the number one seed.

capture (one's) imagination

To hold one's interest or spark one's creativity. I know it sounds strange, but his talk on the importance of obtuse angles really captured my imagination. That movie captured his imagination so much that it inspired him to become a screenwriter.
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capture someone's imagination

Fig. to intrigue someone; to interest someone in a lasting way; to stimulate someone's imagination. The story of the young wizard has captured the imagination of the world's children.
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With a unique curved platen design, the ID 2500(TM) can capture a full hand print in one image, including the difficult to capture palm pocket without having to prepare or manipulate the subject's hand.
WinDVD Creator 2 lets users capture and edit video; add titles, transitions, effects, music, and menus; and create a DVD (or VCD), mini-DVD, AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, WMV, or DivX movie.
Precision capture-to-print functionality -- users have one-touch options for repositioning a capture within the print layout for proper printing, and several scaling options that don't distort the aspect ratio.
Aquracy, LLC, a leading provider of advanced turnkey transaction automation solutions, is utilizing the Panini My Vision X with their AQUIRT(R) Remote Capture software to provide American Chartered Bank with a complete image solution.
VSoft's Branch Item Capture and Merchant Capture solutions allow banks to capitalize on process improvement opportunities the Check 21 Act created by extending image capture to bank branches and corporate customer locations," said Murthy Veeraghanta, president, VSoft Corporation.
Free trial licenses are also available and the SnagIt capture profile can also be downloaded and used during the trial period.
Through our relationship with Kofax, our Knowledge Capture system can fully automate the capture of digital voice recordings and deliver that content into a production-level electronic document management system," said Michael Veenswyk, managing director at e-ASL.
InfiniView builds on the companyeIUs prior success with its RecoveryONE solutioneI|including its ability to continuously and transparently capture all changes to enterprise application environments and instantly make available copies of production data from any previous point in time.
BOSTON -- For the first time, motion picture and video game makers will be able to use digital cameras to accurately capture and depict full-motion, photorealistic computer-generated characters and other imagery.
com) a pioneer in video capture for the professional streaming media market, today announced the Videum Duo and Videum Quattro as the latest additions to its AV capture cards.
has implemented accounts payable and human resources information capture solutions from Kofax.
The SnagIt add-ins can be configured with pre-set input and output options to enable true one-click screen captures.
By combining the power of the new Logitech(R) io(TM) Personal Digital Pen from Logitech (Nasdaq:LOGI) and the Mi-Co software system for data capture, data validation and data transmission to support enterprise applications.
Customers Gain Benefits of Enterprise Content Capture for Intranet and