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    Is it possible to get a screenshot of a website client-side?

    I need to get a screenshot of an entire website and be able to save it on the server. Ideally I need a client side solution to this but I'm not sure if it's possible...

    As far as I know, Javascript (and Canvas) can't do this. Is there a way of doing this with Java or maybe Flash? I can see why (for security reasons) the client would not want to do this but the client will be able to give permission. A Java app would be the ideal solution but I'm not sure if embedded Java has this capability.

    If a client-side solution isn't possible, do you know of a simple server side way of doing this?

    Finally, if all the above fails, is there any website which provides this screenshot service for free (the image would have to be full size though)?

    Thanks for any advice,
    Colin

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    You don't mention if this is for a website feature or something you need a particular person to do, so depending on which it is screengrab may do the trick:
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...on/screengrab/

    Though you said "entire website", so i am not sure if that means the entire page or the entire "website", there is big difference. If screengrab doesn't do the trick then you'll need to be more specific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrod1937 View Post
    You don't mention if this is for a website feature or something you need a particular person to do, so depending on which it is screengrab may do the trick:
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...on/screengrab/

    Though you said "entire website", so i am not sure if that means the entire page or the entire "website", there is big difference. If screengrab doesn't do the trick then you'll need to be more specific.

    Sorry, to clarify: this for a website feature (although not publicly accessible) and would be required to take a screenshot of an entire page of a website. Installing software (eg addons) on the client's machine is not an option but use of Java and Flash is.

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    Quite a complex question, sorry I don't know

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    This may not be possible. Due to security issues. If you are allowed to get access to the users local machine my best guess would be to use a remote desktop/access software or a connection such as a vpn.

    My best guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kor View Post
    Not exactly what I was after but thanks for the help.

    I've concluded that (currently) a perfect solution doesn't exist for this problem. I have instead resorted to simulating a screenshot by getting the page's source server side, filtering it a bit (like a proxy) and then giving it to the client using an iframe and an overlay so that it looks like a screenshot. Not what I was after really but it does the job for now anyway.

    Thanks again everyone.

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    Have thought about converting the entire website files to PDF? There are many converter packages available. Several free online file converters. Screen captures of some pages require scrolling so if that's what may be useful to you, I would get something like:

    FastStone Capture 5.3 (1.2 MB) - http://www.oldapps.com/fast_stone_capture.php

    Allows you to select the area for a screen capture and/or whether you need to auto-scroll for a capture of a window that is too long. Jing does ok for Video captures and is free for limited file size. Might help:

    File Converters:

    Free online file converter: http://www.cometdocs.com/
    http://www.freefileconvert.com/
    http://www.coolutils.com/Online-HTML-Converter.php
    http://www.zamzar.com/
    40 Options for Converting PSD to HTML: http://vandelaydesign.com/blog/desig...html-services/

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    I'm pretty sure it's possible -- http://vyew.com allows browser-based desktop sharing using java/flash. If you get in touch with them, as long as there is no conflict of interests, they might be willing to point you in the right direction.

    Let us know what they tell you!
    Jon Wire

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    I agree with Apple. Flash is just terrible.

    Use CODE tags!

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    Something like this?

    http://gtmetrix.com

    Type in your url and watch it scan the site and grab the screenshot

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