Thursday, November 1, 2007

screenshot

A side project I’ve been working on the last couple of weeks is finally finished: superscreenshot.com. As the name implies, the site will produce a screenshot of any URL you send it — a full-page screenshot — not just the top screen. It’s a free, ad-supported service.

If you send a URL it already has on file, it returns the saved screenshot and gives you the option of refreshing it. Since any screenshot program has to download the actual web page in its entirety before it can make the screen capture, this will take anywhere from a few seconds up to a minute or more depending on how many images and ads the page contains (since we generally start reading a page as soon as the content is loaded, we normally don’t realize how long many pages take to completely load the last Google Analytics script or third-party ad).

If too many screenshot requests come in at once there’s a queue since the hardware can only process so many screenshots at a time. But the AJAX-style updater gives you the current progress.

Without further ado, head on over to superscreenshot.com and give it a try.


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