In my previous blog on browser screenshot extensions I did not cover Internet Explorer.
For two reasons: I do not use IE frequently, and therefore I had no experience with screenshot add-ons or plugins.
But now I across a screenshot tool called Greenshot. It’s not a browser extension, but rather a stand-alone program sitting in the Windows Toolbar, which lets you take a screenshot of the current window.
It offers special commands for IE, so that it also scrolls IE’s windows while taking a screenshot.
The default file name is derived from the window’s title and the current timestamp, but the file name format can be configured, and the file name can be changed in the File Save dialog.
If you want to take a screenshot of your current browser window, there’s always good old ALT-Printscreen, but this function captures the whole window, not just the contents, and copies it to the clipboard. Then you still need to open a graphics editor, such as Paint.Net, to crop, edit, and save the image.
There are, however, a couple of browser extensions to simplify the process, and support capturing the complete page contents, rather than just the visible part of the page.
Here’s the list of extensions I use:
In Firefox, I use Screengrab (fix version). It allows you to save or copy-to-clipboard the complete page, the visible part, or a selected area of the current page.
In the settings, you can define the pattern of the file name of the saved image (default: HTML Title and timestamp), and the text that is generated at the top of the image (default: URL). The option “Quickly save” won’t prompt you for a file name.
I love this extension for Firefox – however, if the screenshot gets too big (about 1.5Mb on Win32, 3Mb on Win32), it silently fails and generates .png files of size 0).
The extension Screen Capture (by Google) is now unsupported, and it did not work (read: the menu buttons did not invoke any recognizable action) on the latest versions of Chrome.
The extension Awesome Screenshot: Capture & Annotate supports capturing the complete page, the visible and a selected part of the page. After capturing, a simply picture editor allows you to crop the picture, or add simple graphics and text to the image. The file name of the saved image defaults to the page’s Title, but can be edited in the Save As dialog.
Unfortunately, only the command “Capture visible part of page” works on Facebook pages – both “entire page” and “selected area” fail to capture.
Finally, the extension Full Page Screen Capture simply generates an image of the complete page, and displays it in a new tab. From there, you need to invoke Save (ctrl-S) to save the image to the default directory. File name pattern is “screencapture-” plus the current URL. This extension provides no options.
Log files can become quite big, and if you generate scripts of type Data in SSMS, the script files easily reach 1GB or more in size.
But which viewer or editor can you use to open a 20GB text file? Certainly not Notepad, and even Notepad++ struggles and is unresponsive for a long time.
BareTail is a log file viewer with a nice “Follow Tail” option which allows you to watch web server and other log files while they are written.
Pros: Line coloring based on text in lines. Updated files are marked in the tabs. Save config to file.
Cons: Pre-UAC application, so saving the configuration fails if it is installed under C:\Program Files\. Cannot copy large texts to clipboard. No Search.
Large Text File Viewer
Large Text File Viewer is a text file viewer. Opens large text files immediately, and loads the file in the background without blocking the UI.
Searching for text displays a dialog with the estimated search time, which is about 1 hour for 20GB or 75M lines.
Support for Unicode, but no UTF-8.
The V File Viewer displays files in text and in hex mode which is great for analyzing large binary files, or detecting the encoding of large text files.
Lardite Reference Assistant removes unused references from Visual Studio projects
BareTail log file viewer
ILSpy .Net disassembler
IrfanView image viewer
My Software Inventory page has been updated to include the listed software packages.
Whenever I start a new project at a customer’s site, I need to install the same software packages again. My mid-year resolution: collect the links to stuff I use regularly…
Visual Studio and Express versions (and Service Packs and Feature Packs)
SQL Server and Express
Pencil standalone for UI prototyping
7zip zips and unzips nearly everything, shell integration in Windows Explorer
Notepad++ text editor
WinMerge file and directory comparison
soapUI test and explore Web Services (WSDL)