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If you are a blogger or a web content writer then I’m sure a screen capture tool is in the list of your must have tools for daily usage. With the help of a good screen capture tool you can generate screenshots relevant to your article and then put them in the post and publish it. And if you are a tech blogger like me then it becomes an almost indispensable tool.

Apart from being in-built into most of the operating systems available, there are various screen capture tools available, ranging from desktop softwares to web apps, from free ones to their more sophisticated paid counterparts. And if you are one of those who love to work entirely from the browser then there are some cool firefox add ons which let you capture screens in the snap of a finger (the click of a mouse button actually :) )

1. Screengrab

screengrab logoScreengrab is a nice firefox extension to capture screens. You can save an entire webpage, a particular selection or a frame in the JPEG or PNG format. You could drag and select a particular portion of the page or save the entire scrolling window. You can even save flash screens with this extension. When you install this extension, you get a small screengrab icon on the right side of your firefox status bar. When you click on it, it gives you the various options to save or copy the screen. Yes, you can even copy the screen to clipboard. Quick and simple.

screengrab

2. FireShot

fireshot logoFireShot goes one step ahead of Screengrab and apart from allowing you to capture screens partially or completely, it also allows you to modify the captured images. It lets you edit and annotate the screenshot and add graphics and text messages. Screenshots can be saved in 4 formats – PNG, JPEG, GIF and BMP. Like Screengrab, FireShot also allows you to save or copy the screenshot to the clipboard. You could also directly email the captured screen. When you install FireShot, a small icon is added to the toolbar and options to capture the entire page or just the visible portion are added to the context menu.

fireshot

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3. Kwout

kwout logoThe Kwout Firefox add on is another cool app to easily capture and save webpages or online images. It also gives you the code for the screenshot which can be immediately embedded in your website. In fact Kwout has many more options and Kyle did a good job describing it elaborately in this post Take Screenshots From Your Browser with Kwout7 Take Screenshots From Your Browser with Kwout7 Read More .

kwout screenshot

4. Page Saver

Page Saver is a simple browser extension for capturing screenshots and has limited features in it’s free version. It lets you capture the entire page or just the visible portion of it and save it in JPEG or PNG format. You can also configure keyboard shortcuts for doing the same by going to Add on options after installing it in Firefox.

page saver

All the above mentioned add ons are compatible with the latest version of Firefox. So if you were to use a firefox add on to capture screen, which of these add ons will you use ? Do you know of any other Firefox add on which does this task efficiently ? Let us know in comments.

  1. g
    April 30, 2009 at 1:21 am

    To all who do not understand the need for theses tools: screenshot tools are great for showing to customers the accurate, somplete look and feel of a web page.

    A pdf printer (or even jpeg printer) will not do - you get the "print" version of the page, with print info on top and bottom of page, and different css / styling rules applied.

    Simple printscreen will not do either, as most of the time a webpage does not fit on screen, so you need to take 3 printscreens and then stitch them together to get the full image...

  2. Umar
    January 8, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Im using FireShot and its awesome

    • Kim
      February 10, 2009 at 7:48 am

      Umar, are you able to write, draw arrows and add text annotations to the screenshot using FireShot in their free version?

  3. Zhang Li En
    January 4, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    OutWit Hub!! Great tool for web surfing and def worth getting for FF

  4. Howard Pearce
    August 7, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    I'm surprised you never mentions SCRAPBOOK which can do so much

  5. Mike
    August 7, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    "I don’t understand the need for these capture tools. "

    Web Designers used this most of the time.

  6. Steve
    August 7, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Im surprised this hasn't been said already but vista has the snipping tool, that captures either the whole screen a part of it. if you dont have vista, then these would be great to have.

  7. USBman
    August 7, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    While I agree that there are pros & cons to PDF files, I think I would like to at least have the option (primarily in order to retain any links from the captured page).

    Can anyone actually recommend a means to capture webpages as pdf files: a program or (better) a firefox extenstion?? ...it seems like I had accomplished that in the past, with a firefox addon, but I can't remember how or find anything online.

    Please help!

    • makeuseofReader
      August 7, 2008 at 3:06 pm

      I believe there is a firefox extension, can't recall offhand, but I would recommend a pdf print driver instead. Why lesson your captures to only Firefox when with pdf print driver, you can capture anything that can be printed.

      I can't remember the name of the tool I use. It does ok but it doesn't always capture the screen perfectly. I have heard good things about gnu PDFCreator: http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/ .

  8. makeuseofReader
    August 7, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    I don't understand the need for these capture tools. Seems like pdf print driver would be a better solution.

    - The web text on the page is preserved and parseable. You can search for it. You can increase the zoom level on the viewer and resulting text will still look good.
    Text on an image is simply reduced to image bits. If you zoom in it the text looks bad.

    - The resulting file size is smaller.

    • Bill
      August 7, 2008 at 2:22 pm

      Yeah, the only thoughts I have are
      -if the pdf didn't render correctly, and the image captures somehow did
      -An image can generally be pasted and viewable inline in an email, and a pdf cannot

  9. Bill
    August 7, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    FireShot crashes FF in Windows and doesn't work in Ubuntu for me.

    Abduction is another one I've used in Windows.

  10. makeuseofReader
    August 7, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Another alternative is Iterasi (iterasi.net/). It saves the page to an online server that you can access from anywhere. You can tag the page, setup folder hierarchy, and publish the pages to friends. Seemingly similar and all together different. Depends on what your capturing needs are.

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