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Have you ever wanted to capture a full screenshot of a web page that's many screens long, such as the main page at macosxhints.com? I don't have to do this very often, but when I do, it's always a bit of work -- grab three or four separate screenshots, then edit them together in Photoshop. But with Paparazzi! (hereafter referred to without its exclamation point), the process becomes quite simple. Just enter the URL and click Capture. When you do, the page will load in a preview window (showing the full length within the window, with the image's width shrinking as necessary to fit in the window). Then just click the Save button to save the image in a file format of your choice (JPEG, PDF, TIFF, or PNG). You can even create a separate thumbnail image (as well as an icon for the saved image) if you wish, which is great if you're putting the snapshots on a website.

You can also use Paparazzi to see what a site looks like at a given resolution -- just change the Crop Size pop-up to one of the presets (640x480, 800x600, 1024x768), or enter your own dimensions. When you click Capture, you'll get a sense for how well the site fits (or doesn't fit) in the window size you've defined. There's even a Delay field, which you can use to allow a Flash-based site, for instance, to fully load before capturing the screen.

This may not be an app you need often, but when you do, you'll be glad it exists. And with a price of free (donations accepted), it's tough to beat -- I've seen similar utilities with $20+ pricetags, so Paparazzi is a great bargain. (Note that Paparazzi was also a MacGems selection back in August of 2005.)
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Paparazzi! - Grab screenshots of an entire web page
Authored by: moelli on Jul 12, '06 07:37:25AM
And for Firefox, there's the Screen Grab! extension, here >>

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Paparazzi! - Grab screenshots of an entire web page
Authored by: moelli on Jul 12, '06 07:38:58AM
Paparazzi! - Grab screenshots of an entire web page
Authored by: geppo1982 on Jul 12, '06 08:47:04AM
Thanks for this hint, "Screen grab!" works very well here.

To download the latest version (0.8) visit: http://andy.5263.org/screengrab/

G.

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Paparazzi! - Grab screenshots of an entire web page
Authored by: mabino on Jul 12, '06 07:42:57AM

Weird, I was just looking for something like this earlier this morning a few hours before this post. I wound up changing the paper size to something enormous and using the Print command's ability to Save as PDF when I couldn't find anything suitable.



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Paparazzi! - Grab screenshots of an entire web page
Authored by: gdelfino on Jul 12, '06 07:51:31AM

This is a buit-in function of OmniWeb. Just click the "File" menu and then press the option key.

When you press the option key, the "Save As.." changes to "Save PDF As.."

The resulting PDF file is a single page as long as your web site.



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Paparazzi! - Grab screenshots of an entire web page
Authored by: mshmgi on Jul 12, '06 08:40:51AM

Maybe I'm missing something, but why is this any better than just printing the pag as a PDF. It's already built-in to OS X, and you can use Preview.app to save PDF files as: .bmp; .gif; .jpeg; .psd; .pict; .png; .sgi; .tga; or .tif documents.

No new software to download. No new software to install. No additional application needed each time you want to capture the entire webpage. Just click COMMAND-P and hit "Save as PDF" from any web browser.



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Paparazzi! - Grab screenshots of an entire web page
Authored by: styrafome on Jul 12, '06 09:58:48AM

Yes, you're missing a few things. The PDF method is great, but there are several flaws that are show-stoppers if you care about them:

  • Many web pages use a different CSS document to render printed pages. Mac OS X PDF goes through the print engine, and triggers the print style sheet. For example, if you try and PDF a story from The Onion, it looks nothing like the page in the browser (here's an example, try it yourself), and therefore it cannot be an alternative for an exact screen shot.
  • If you need a screen shot of the exact rendering of a specific browser, PDF rendering often fails to be exact. PDF renders the type and divs as vector objects, often creating misalignments with bitmap content on the page.
  • Because PDF goes through the print engine, a long web page is chopped up into multiple pages according to the current paper size in Page Setup, like Letter. I made a superlong custom paper size that can hold most long pages, but if the page isn't as long as your superlong page size, you have an annoying bunch of white space at the bottom. (Sounds like OmniWeb fixes this automatically, but I use Safari/Firefox.)

The PDF method is superior if:

  • You only need the content, not the exact browser rendering.
  • You would really like to zoom in on the text and have it not go jaggy. (PDF is great for this.)


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Paparazzi! - Grab screenshots of an entire web page
Authored by: styrafome on Jul 12, '06 10:32:41AM

Wanted to add a couple things to my comment.

One more point to add in favor of PDF is that because the text is vector, you can search it. If you shoot a bitmap or you convert that PDF to TIF, JPG, etc. you lose the text search capability.

To conclude, I use both methods, PDF or Paparazzi, depending on how I need to use that web page capture. But when I need an exact bitmap, Paparazzi totally and utterly rocks.



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Paparazzi! - Grab screenshots of an entire web page
Authored by: mshmgi on Jul 13, '06 06:55:02AM

Thanks for the info. I guess I was missing a few things there, wasn't i? :)



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Paparazzi! - Grab screenshots of an entire web page
Authored by: arglborps on Apr 10, '07 05:03:38AM

You can save as PDF from Paparazzi thusly the text stays intact.



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Paparazzi! - Grab screenshots of an entire web page
Authored by: sophistry on Jul 12, '06 09:38:47AM
This page has an applescript that works with paparazzi that will grab screenshots of all of your Ma.gnolia and del.icio.us bookmarks. cool.

http://www.leftbrained.co.uk/code/galarrhea

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soph

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Paparazzi! - Grab screenshots of an entire web page
Authored by: Serj on Jul 12, '06 10:33:17AM

Works great ! Thanks Rob !



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Paparazzi! - Grab screenshots of an entire web page
Authored by: jaysoffian on Jul 12, '06 11:05:26AM

For those who may be using Saft, you can right-click on any page and select Export PDF. This will give you a single page PDF which is the page as rendered in Safari (it doesn't change the CSS style as printing the page would do).

j.



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Paparazzi! - Grab screenshots of an entire web page
Authored by: Gabs on Jul 12, '06 11:26:33PM

Another Saft feature I had no idea about. Thanks for this - very neat solution.



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Paparazzi! - Grab screenshots of an entire web page
Authored by: greenf on Jul 12, '06 11:07:57AM
Another way to do this is to use the free Safari Stand (http://hetima.com/safari/stand-e.html). Among other things, it installs a contextual menu item "Export to PDF," which exports the entire contents of the browser window to a one-page PDF file (the page will be as large as needed).

It does other cool things, too.

I have nothing to do with the developer, but I am a satisfied user.

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Folders in right side of Dock (also in Sidebar)
Authored by: Norm Nager on Jul 13, '06 01:06:49PM

I voted for the Dock, but those are my most frequently used apps. To get to others: I keep on the right side of my dock one folder of my Apple-installed applications and in a second folder third-party apps and scripts.

The same two folders also are in the Sidebar.

Respectfully, Norm



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Folders in right side of Dock (also in Sidebar)
Authored by: Norm Nager on Jul 13, '06 01:08:31PM

Sorry--I was trying to comment on the July 13 poll.



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Paparazzi! - Grab screenshots of an entire web page
Authored by: cpoff on Jul 14, '06 11:49:10AM
Dan Frakes detailed this one last summer as a Mac Gem:

http://www.macworld.com/weblogs/macgems/2005/08/paparazzi/index.php

And yes, it certainly does a good job.

- cp

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Paparazzi! - Grab screenshots of an entire web page
Authored by: cpoff on Jul 14, '06 11:52:56AM

Duh! Like I didn't even read the last line of the hint. Sorry Rob. ;)



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