Whenever I want to take a full-page screenshot of a website it always seems to be such a process. On my chromebook, I have to download an addon. On my mac, I’m asked too many questions, and on Windows, I don’t have enough options. Then once you get the screenshot saved, you still have to edit out the browser details. The Mac works fine if you need to take a smaller screenshot, but what if you want to capture the entire webpage; even the part of the webpage that you can’t see?
Today I was on a hunt to find a tool that would do exactly what I wanted without the hassle of editing and came across 5 online screenshot tools (before giving up). Check out the results of my research, and note that these aren’t in any particular order.
This is the first site I found to do the job, but I will admit it didn’t fully work for me. That doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. As I was taking a screen shot of MashGeek, the tool seemed to miss all of the blog posts.
This tool does the job perfectly and is free. However there is a catch – you have to wait for other screenshots that are in the queue. It didn’t take long to finish, but when it did, the captured PNG was fairly small. The largest generated screenshot is only 300x240px. However, you can upgrade to a paid membership to generate larger images on the fly.
The screenshot generator took a while; I’m talking a good 2 and a half minutes. I became frustrated with the wait period and left the site. But, I thought I would still list it as an option for you to try. Perhaps I’m not the greatest list maker!
Finally! It took a few tries, but this tool really worked the way I had wanted it to. It was quick and the image was large (the actual size of the webpage). Once the screenshot is generated, the image is opened in a new tab which you can then download to your computer. All of the screenshot captures that you see on this page were generated with this tool.
Edit: There’s even a nifty little WordPress plugin that will stream in your screenshots created with Screenshot Machine via shortcode. How neat!
This site does the job so well that you have to pay for it, unfortunately. There isn’t even a freemium option so basically you’re looking at $30 a month just to make 1 or 2 screenshots. Still worth the price if you have a lot of screenshots to make, which I will consider purchasing in the future.
So what do you think? Have you tried any of these tools and if not, which ones do you use? Let us know in the comments below: