Webpage Screenshot Plugins!

| August 11, 2013 | 2 Comments

Webpage Screenshots (aka Webshots)

Ever need to take a quick screenshot / snapshot of your website, or of a competitor’s website for whatever reason?  Most people will usually use the “Print Screen” button on their keyboard to take a webpage screenshot of their entire screen, but let’s be honest, that method is more trouble than it’s worth.

  • First off the “Print Screen” function doesn’t capture the entire website but only what’s seen on the monitor screen at that time (Including your mouse, toolbar icons and whatever else).
  • Secondly you have to paste your webpage screenshot into Paint or Photoshop just so you can edit what you’ve captured.
  • Thirdly, making edits to your screenshot; cropping out unwanted sections, creating arrows to show examples, and/or adding text are extra steps that would be done a lot more efficiently if you could just do it when the webpage screenshot was taken via your browser.
  • Lastly, the worst part is… if your webpage is longer than your screen, you have to slice together 2 or more different webpage screenshots just to make them all fit as 1.

What if I told you there was an easier way?

Webpage Screenshots – Webshots the Easy Way!

Over the years I have found a few amazing web tools that will help solve all of the issues I just mentioned.  As a web developer myself I require many webpage screenshots for all the projects I have completed, mostly for my portfolio, or to do research on my client’s competitors (or even mine).  These are the solutions I have found that work best for me.

*Please take note that most of the online screenshot websites don’t really do a great job and if they do, you usually have to wait for the screenshot to be process in a queue which sometimes can take a few minutes or longer.


Webpage Screenshots – Online Tools

http://ctrlq.org/screenshots/: This is the only online screenshot website I found that doesn’t take very long and does its job correctly (if you aren’t looking to install any plugins or software this would be your best bet, as it is quick and simple to use.)

Webpage Screenshot Online Web Tools

Paste the address (URL) of any web page and the tool will instantly capture a high-resolution screenshot of the full page as a PNG image


Webpage Screenshots – Browser Plugins

I personally recommend installing a browser plugin to handle your screenshots, as they are quick, have editing capabilities and are not installed on your computer directly but only in browser.

Chrome: One of my favorite webpage screenshot browser plugins is the one I use in Chrome.  Even though I love Firefox and use it as my primary browser, the Chrome plugin does it just as nicely.  With the click of button you can take a webshot of an entire webpage no matter what its length and it will automatically scroll the whole page and save it as a high resolution png.  It works brilliantly.  Once the webshot has been taken you can automatically edit the webpage screenshot right then and there within your chrome browser without having to open it in any another program.  It even has built in tools that you would normally use when editing your webpage screenshot, such as the arrow icon.  Click on the arrow icon and you can automatically create an arrow pointing in any direction.  If you are going to use a webpage screenshot then this is definitely the one I suggest you use.

Download Chrome Plugin: Click Here

Webpage Screenshot software from Chrome, Download Now!

Download and Install the Chrome Plugin for Webpage Screenshots!


Firefox: The Firefox plugin also does amazing things, just like the chrome plugin.  The Firefox plugin actually has more features in it that allows you to do a lot more in depth functions.  Such as “Save as PDF”, print after a webshot, or easy upload of a webshot to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Picasa,  ImageShack or a custom ftp / http address.  You can also set your webpage screenshot to automatically resize itself 10%, 20%, 50% or whatever size you want.  Which is very handy indeed, and I do use the Firefox plugin quite often when I need to utilize one of these extra functions.  For the most part, the Chrome plugin is a little simpler to use and I prefer the editing tool that comes within the Chrome plugin, but it all boils down to a matter of preference.  Besides it never hurts to have both, just in case.

Download FireFox Plugin: Click Here

Download the Firefox plugin for Webpage Screenshots!

Download and Install the Firefox Plugin for Webpage Screenshots!


Free Screenshot – Program Downloads

If you’d like to install an actual program to do your screenshots for you – no problem – here is a list of a few different screenshot programs you can download and use absolutely free.  Again I personally prefer the browser plugins because you can activate your screenshot through your browser instead of having flip back and forth between your browser and the software just to take and edit your screen caps.

However sometimes you need to take a screenshot outside of your browser such as other programs on your desktop and that’s when these free screenshot programs would come in handy indeed.


 Download Jing Screenshot and Screencast

Jing webpage screenshot download now - join for free!

Jing captures anything you see on your computer screen and lets you share it instantly.


 Download LightShot Screen Capture Tool

Webpage Screenshot Tool Easy To Use! Download NOW!

LightShot webpage screenshot tool, for both Mac and Windows – Download Now!


Download Screen-O-Matic

Download Screenshot-o-matic for free!

Online screen recorder for one-click recording for free with Screenshot-o-matic!


Webpage Screenshots Recap!

Online Website Screenshot Tools

Webpage Browers Screenshot Plugins

Free Download Screenshot Software

  • URL: http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html (Jing gives you the basic tools to start sharing images and short videos of your computer screen. Capture what you see, record what you do, quick & easy sharing.)
  • URL: http://app.prntscr.com/ (This app allows you to select any area on a desktop and to do its screenshot by 2 clicks.  Simple interface, nothing useless and light weight makes your work with the app easier. Find visual similar images. Select any image on your screen and find dozens similar images.)
  • URL: http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/ (One-click screen capture recording on Windows or Mac computers with no install for FREE! Or you can download an application to launch from your Start menu.

Credits: Featured Image by sekimura via Flickr


 

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