While there are numerous desktop screenshot tools available, there are certain situations in which a regular desktop screenshot taking tool simply does not suffice. In these situations, the tools on the following list will be helpful. Read on to find out what these situations are which tools will be most helpful. 1. Capturing the screenshot of a webpage through its URL If you need to capture the screenshot of a particular website, you need to open up your web browser, head on over to the website, and then take a screenshot. This is inconvenient for a number of reasons – you end up capturing the browser scroll bars and the screenshot is not of your desired dimensions. What would be really helpful for taking these kinds of a screenshots is an app that was tailored to take screenshots directly via the URL of a website. You could set your preferences for image dimensions and then screenshot away. All of this is precisely what an app called URL2JPEG offers. URL2JPEG offers a user friendly interface through which users are able to easily capture screenshots of websites by providing their URLs. Your first step is to download and install the app’s setup file which is sized at nearly 14 MB. You can then open the application and type in a URL. You can also specify your preferences for scroll bar inclusion and auto resizing. When the page is captured, you can take a screenshot of the entire page, a certain section, or of certain elements through their HTML tag. The application also supports scripts for batch screenshot taking. You can read more URL2JPEG over here. 2. Capture, Edit, and Share Image of the Webpage You are On While URL2JPEG can be very helpful, it cannot take screenshots of webpages that require authentication. Or even if it could, many people would not trust a screen capturing tool with their login credentials to a website. Therefore there might be scenarios in which you will want to have something that lets you take screenshots from within an installed web browser. This can be accomplished by a very useful tool called qSnap. qSnap is a browser extension that comes in versions for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Internet Explorer. The extension lets you take a snapshot of the visible area of the webpage you are currently on as well as the entire webpage. But its features do not end there – once the screenshot is taken, it is opened in the extension’s very editor. The editing interface lets users annotate the images expertly before they can be shared. Sharing is done through your online qSnap account, which you can easily register for. If you do not want to share the images, you can store them locally on your machine. Click this link to read more about this powerful extension, qSnap. 3. Take a screenshot off Facebook by blurring the names and pictures of people In certain situations, you might find yourself wanting to share a screenshot off Facebook. However, while what you are going to share might be hilarious for the rest of the world, it is your responsibility to respect your friends’ privacy. Thus it is best to blur out names and profile pictures before you begin sharing screenshots of Facebook statuses. While this can be accomplished manually through an inconvenient bit of editing, a tool called Status Snapper does the task for you automatically. Status Snapper is a browser extension that currently works only with the Google Chrome web browser. The extension adds an icon to the Chrome address bar that appears when you are on a Facebook page or profile. Clicking on the icon lets you select a status to ‘snap’ and then optionally add text of your own. When you are done, the image is automatically uploaded to Imgur and you are taken to the screenshot’s page. Read more about Status Snapper by clicking here. And there you have it – three different screenshot tools for three very different screenshot scenarios! I hope you find the tools in this list to be beneficial.
3 Suitable Tools for Screenshot Situations in which Desktop Apps Fail
By Syed Humza Shah on November 15, 2013
Posted in Firefox, Google Chrome, Software, Technology, Web | Tagged imgur, qSnap, screenshot, status snapper, URL2JPEG
Syed Humza Shah
In 2009, Humza began freelancing part-time as an app-reviewer while completing his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering. After graduating in mid-2012, he worked in SQA but soon moved to web development (Ruby-on-Rails). He continues to pass his free time by reviewing tools that make life easier for a computer user. View author profile