Practical WordPress Development

My Preferred Web Page Screenshot Tool

I try to keep a running list of the tools that I use in my day-to-day development. The challenge in doing this is that finding new tools can get buried in that single post, so whenever I stumble across something that I introduce into my toolbox, I try to capture it here.

Other examples include:

With Chrome being my preferred browser, I’ve had a hard time finding an extension for taking a web page screenshot that I really like – every single one of them as come up short in one way or another.

Except for this one.

Screen Capture By Google

Yeah – it’s almost a cliche, right? A web page screenshot tool for Google Chrome by Google? Whatever, though.

Web Page Screenshot Tool

Screen Capture By Google

Check out Screen Capture. It’s a really easy to use extension specifically for taking screenshots of:

  • A selected page region
  • Just the visible content in the browser’s viewport
  • The entire content of a page

There are also options for configuring shortcuts, and you can select the file type to which the images are saved. Finally, there are no ugly lame watermarks and the process through which you actually save the images looks pretty good.

Anyway, it’s obviously a relatively trivial tool, but if you’re in the business of having to take screenshots to send clients for layouts or how to highlight a feature in the context of the entire page before deploying it to a particular environment it’s worth the install.

18 Comments

  1. Justin

    I’ve tried this one out before but I remember it having trouble with certain sites. Maybe it’s been updated since so I’ll give it another try.

  2. Sridhar Katakam

    I use Awesome Screenshot.

    The added benefit over Screen Capture by Google is that we can not only save the captures but also have them uploaded and get a URL ready to be shared.

    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/awesome-screenshot-captur/alelhddbbhepgpmgidjdcjakblofbmce?hl=en

    • Tom McFarlin

      Ah, that is a nice feature. Thanks for sharing!

      • Matt

        I use Awesome Screenshot & Annotate as well and it has suited me well, I’ve used LittleSnapper but it doesn’t work with Chrome out of the box IIRC.

    • Dougal Campbell

      Yep, I’m a fan of Awesome Screenshot, as well. The Google one would sometimes glitch out when doing full-page shots on long pages (would get out of sync when scrolling+stitching, leading to faulty screenshots).

    • Dave Clements

      Make that two for Awesome Screenshot. Been using it for a couple of years and it’s excellent for capturing what you need and making a quick couple of markups to annotate it.

      • Tom McFarlin

        Well, then.

        Looks like I need to give Awesome Screenshot a try. Apparently it’s, ahem, awesome.

  3. Stephen P Kane

    Interesting screenshot tool, Tom, but don’t see it as “preferred”. Chrome is my primary development browser, but for screen/notation/video capture I haven’t come across anything more robust than TechSmith’s SnagIt. Works on mac or pc and across all the browsers. It’s a premium product, but I don’t mind paying for core tools.

    • Tom McFarlin

      I didn’t mean to imply that it should be preferred for you :), I just meant it’s my favorite tool.

      Honestly, I’ve not checked out SnagIt before – not my curiosity is piqued. For all of my screencasting I use ScreenFlow, and that’s obviously a bit different than just snapping shots, but I’m with when it comes to dropping coin for good tools.

  4. Matt

    This is my fave http://derailer.org/paparazzi/

    Can preset cropping sizes and desktop sizes as well.

    • Tom McFarlin

      Ah, interesting stuff, Matt – native OS X map. May give this one a try, too.

      I dig Screen Capture since it integrates right into Chrome, but I generally have strong opinions that are weakly held.

      I can be swayed with easier use and greater functionality ;).

  5. Grant Palin

    Unfortunately, this extension is not supported on Windows 8, as per this support thread. Too bad, as it was a useful tool on Windows 7.

    • Tom McFarlin

      Ah bummer. Surely they’ll update it – I know Google’s not always the best in keeping some of their tools (or apps) updated.

      We’ll see, I guess.

  6. Ajay

    I use Awesome Capture on my Mac, but when on Windows, I prefer IrfanView. It’s a image viewer, but I like it’s screenshot capture abilities and its quick to save optimised images, which I find lacking in Awesome Capture

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