There are several reasons why you may want to save websites as images. I'm mainly thinking about saving them for documentation purposes like presentations, or for displaying changes in a website over time similar to what archive.org does with their snapshots of websites.
The major advantage of Webswoon over other products is that it can process an unlimited number of websites that have been added to the queue, and that it is highly configurable. This is different from the majority of applications out there, as they usually do not come with queue functionality.
You may want to start with the configuration before you start capturing images of websites. I started with the capturing immediately and realized that the default output size for images was set to a width of 150 which is not very useful because almost no details of the website are visible in this resolution. I decided to check the options after this initial test only to find out that Webswoon has a lot of options that allow you to configure nearly every aspect of the capturing process.
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The configuration offers three tabs, Program, Browser and Captures. The most important options can be configured in the Browser and Captures tab. You can select to open a browser window with the website that you want to take a image from, define its width and height and select if you want to display error messages if the website displays them.
You can select to resize the image of the browser window, remove scrollbars and other elements and select the format that you want the website to be saved in.
This is also a great way to test your websites in various resolutions without changing the resolution of your monitor in your computer.
Update: The author's website is no longer available, which also means that Webswoon is not available for download anymore.
We have uploaded the latest beta version of the program to our own download server. Keep in mind though that the program is no longer maintained by its author, and that you are on your own should you run into any troubles using it.
You can download the latest version of WebSwoon with a click on the following link: WebSwoonAdvertisement
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