This program enables you to capture images of small or large portions of web pages,
whether they be online (i.e. on the Internet itself) or offline (i.e. on your computer's HD).
Such images can then be re-employed to update your web pages, or they may have
Some years ago, the use of large pictures in your web pages would have to be very carefully evaluated because the broadband Internet
either did not exist, or it was still in its infancy. The time a page took to download was a very serious consideration. However, that is no
longer quite the case. Nowadays, we commonly watch streamed full-screen videos on our super-fast computers, and downloading
simple pictures, even quite large ones, takes very little time.
Of course, presenting text in picture form is a wonderful way of avoiding the severe problems that still exist in displaying fonts of the
style and size that you choose. In general, if you do not have a particular font installed on your computer or platform, it will be substituted
by another font that is likely to distort or even ruin the appearance and layout of your web page. Even if you actually have a particular
font installed on your computer, it can look very different in different browsers, or even in the same browser on a different platform.
However, a preference for pictures over text is far from being an ideal solution in all respects. For example, Internet search engines
can quite easily find pure text in your web pages, but when they are presented in picture form then the search engines are no longer
able to understand them. This may or may not be an important consideration to you.
Not long ago, I decided to reform all the web pages at this site, howsoft.com. It was a lot of work. Many of the pages were completely
re-constituted, but there were a few where I did not have the time or patience to do everything again from scratch. In these cases,
WebCap was a boon. I had my reformed pages in no time at all, and I avoided a lot of hassle. An extreme case is at:
http://www.howsoft.com/slideshow_plus.html . Please visit there and judge for yourself. Most of the page consists of a single image.
But of course, you do not need to exaggerate as much as I have done.
What follows is an elaboration of the "Quick Help" shown at the top of this page:
When you type a URL into the box provided, or click on the button to load a web page from your local HD, it will be shown in a built-in
browser, with scrollbars, as follows:
2. HEIGHT OF CAPTURED IMAGE
To specify how high the captured image is to be, you need to type in the number of "screen heights" according to your estimate. In the
example shown above this number is given as "1" representing a single screen height. The maximum number of screen heights you
can specify is 6. This limit is imposed by the limitations of the system used to produce the program (VB6). If you get this number wrong,
don't worry about it. If you discover that it is not high enough and you have not captured as much of the page image as you need, then
you can simply go back to step 2, specify a greater number of screen heights, and capture the page again. Also, if it turns out to be a
little too high, it can easily be cropped in step 4.
But what should you do if you want to capture the image of a web page that is greater than 6 screen heights tall? This can certainly be
done with a little work in Photoshop or similar program afterwards. First, do a capture of the page image (step 3) using the maximum
number of screen heights (6) and WITH THE BROWSER'S SCROLLBAR AT THE TOP (zero position):
Crop and save this first picture (steps 4 and 5).
When the program returns to the screen where the browser is shown, MOVE THE BROWSER'S SCROLLBAR DOWN TO THE POINT
WHERE THE PREVIOUSLY CAPTURED IMAGE ENDED.
You can now repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 to capture, crop and save the next image:
Repeat the process above as often as necessary until you have captured and saved images of the whole web page.
You should now have a collection of 2 or more pictures which you can crop further and sew together using Photoshop
or similar program. Not perfectly straightforward, but absolutely doable!
4. CROPPING THE CAPTURED IMAGE
When you click on the "Crop" button, you will see your image captured from the browser in the following manner:
Read the tips on the control panel carefully.
In case you cannot see this well from the
reduced image on the left, here it is:
As it says on the control panel, click on an item
to identify it, and use the arrow keys
to move the item in the desired direction.
When the 4 cropping delimiter bars are in the
right positions, double-click on the picture to
do the crop and exit cropping mode.