How often do you have to capture the contents of websites, for use in presentations, as trial exhibits or to illustrate your fabulous slaw.ca posts? You can do the usual “print screen” function that’s built into your operating system, but that usually snags a whole bunch of other stuff (like your toolbars or other tabs that are open). Usually you want to show the web page only, without other distracting stuff that detracts from what you want to convey. In addition, using “print screen” it only captures the portion of the webpage what’s visible on the screen, not the entire page. Other techniques, like printing the page to PDF, often change the formatting and layout of the page.
Over the last few months, I’ve switched to using the Chrome browser almost exclusively and was very excited to discover a great app in the Chrome Store that, at the very least, will cut down on the amont of editing I have to do of image files for including in PowerPoint presentations. The free app is, appropriately enough, called Screen Capture. With one click, you can choose to capture a portion fo the screen, just the whole screen or the entire page. It will also snag the rest of it horizontally and vertically so you don’t miss anything. And it’ll save it as a lossless PNG.
If you regularly need to capture any online content, you need this.