A Useful Screen Grabs Firefox Extension


If you are a regular reader of Lingua Franca, you know that I’m always curious of what’s going on in the Internet. Frequently, I discover little jewels that make a difference in the way I perform my blogging activities. For example, when I want to express a point, I include images grabbed from my computer screen. Images are a lot better to get a point across than several long tedious paragraphs of text.

The traditional way of grabbing images from the screen is using the Print Screen key at the top of the keyboard and then saving the screen image with Microsoft Paint. Then return to your post and paste the image using your Blog Editor. This is a pain in the neck and absorbes a lot of time. A better way is using a screen grabs Firefox extension dubbed FireShot.

Unlike other Firefox Add-ons, FireShot provides a set of editing and annotation tools, which let users quickly modify, capture and insert text and graphical annotations—something very similar to Microsoft Word. These features are like candy for web designers, testers and content reviewers like myself. You are given the option to choose whether an entire web page or only a visible part of the page should be captured.

FireShot also include the following features which you might find worthwhile using:

  • Screenshots can be uploaded to the server for resizing, commenting and blogging.
  • Added Undo/Redo feature
  • Added “Resume editing” option
  • Line width can be specified
  • Improved page extents detection mechanism (now supports GMail, E-Bay and other frame-based sites)
  • Improved memory management routines and error handling messages.
  • Added MS Outlook support
  • Working folder can be set up and periodically erased.

If you are a web designer, web tester or a content reviewer, I encourage you to take a look at this useful extension and see if it’s your cup of tea. You can find FireShot here.

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