Automatic Website Screen Capture

Site Shooter is a lightweight and portable software program for Microsoft Windows created by one of our favorite software developers Nirsoft. The tool comes with a graphical user interface, but can also be run from the command line which is typical for Nirsoft applications.

Site Shooter is a screen capturing software that can take automatic screenshots of selected websites. It is possible to define the software program to take screenshots continuously, or only once during execution.

This might be useful for several purposes including documentation and verification. The graphical user interface displays all elements on one screen. The user can select a single or multiple websites at the top, and define the file output format. Single URLs can be added directly in the interface, but if you want to capture screens of multiple sites, you need to load them from an URL file instead.

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Time and date requires some explanation as time and date variables have to be added to avoid overwriting previous screenshots. Both date and time variables can be combined in the filename directly. All parameters are explained on the programs homepage, here are two examples for a better understanding:

  • c:\%date:MMyyyy%\ghacks.pg - creates a month and year folder and saves the screenshot there.
  • c:\%time:HHmm%ghacks.jpg - creates a filename in the format hourminuteghacks.jpg

The better part of the interface is occupied with additional options. The program supports that you can define the width and height of the web browser, and whether scrollbars, JavaScript or Flash should be disabled. The size of the (simulated) web browser can be extended automatically by the program if the website turns out to be larger than the size defined in the interface.

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Finally part of the screenshot can be cut of automatically as well. A click on the start button will take one screenshot of the website and save it to the selected folder. Enabling the "Take a screenshot of this web page every" allows to capture the screen every x seconds, minutes or hours.

The command line parameters come in handy for usage in batch scripts, file launchers or in situations where no graphical user interface can be loaded or is required.

Verdict

Site Shooter is a specialized program for Windows that you may use to capture screenshots of one or multiple web properties once, or in regular intervals.

Can be interesting for webmasters who want to create a timeline of captures of their web properties, for verification purposes, or even processing in image recognition software or similar tools.

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Responses to Automatic Website Screen Capture

  1. Mehdi S April 21, 2009 at 7:21 am #

    Oh my God. That is a lovely piece of software. I was in dire need of one for the last 3 months. As always, this is excellent software from Norsoft and thanks to Ghacks for informing us about such a lightweight and good program.

  2. Online Version? April 23, 2009 at 12:22 am #

    Is there online utility that does this?

    I have a linksys security cam, but the dreaded thing requires IE + an ActiveX component to view the video.. which means seeing the webpage/video on my smartphone is out of the question.

    If some online utility could periodically take a screenshot of the website and host the image, I could then view it on my phone.

  3. vinaola.com May 4, 2010 at 3:56 pm #

    Nice tool :) Thanks

  4. minhthanh.com October 30, 2010 at 8:32 am #

    Great share :D thanks amdin

  5. Babuss December 19, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

    you can also use wimg.ca

    example: http://wimg.ca/https://www.ghacks.net/2009/04/20/automatic-website-screen-capture/

  6. Bernard Jan Boekholt June 1, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    If you want to use a webservice to take automated website screenshots try Stillio:

    http://www.stillio.com

    It’s a paid service but they offer a free trial for three urls.

  7. Maximus June 10, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    GrabzIt provides a web service that does this easily and for free with a PHP, Perl, Python, ASP.NET and Javascript APIs.

    http://grabz.it

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