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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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