The Difference Between Screen Capture and Webpage Capture...


...and why I love Paparazzi

I've been having a Twitter conversation about the challenge of capturing an entire webpage into a single image file. I used to use a tool called Saft which exports entire webpages into PDFs, but since the Safari 3 updates, Saft has gotten increasingly flaky. Because it relies on PDF output, it often triggers the "printer-friendly" rendering of a webpage rather than creating a PDF of what you actually see.

Several people wrote me back in response to my quest basically saying, "why don't you use the screen capture tool?" The short answer is "because I need more than a screen-ful of information. I need a page."

More below with images to show what I mean. I have found the best tool so far though, and it's called Paparazzi. Mac only

Using Apple's built in COMMAND+SHIFT+4 I can only capture what fits inside my browser window, NOT the entire page.

The following is an example, with the raw image file coming in at 994 x 836 pixels

Screenshot Capture - Onion.com


With Paparazzi I can grab the entire, long page, not just what I can see on my monitor at any given time. The following complete image comes in at 967 x 2137 pixels. That's more than double the height of the screen capture tool in OS X

Web Page Capture - Onion.com