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March 19, 2008 / Marco

Review: Best ScreenSnap for Free

Whenever I see a free application made available by a big company, I tend to think it would have numerous bugs which might not be quickly fixed like their counterparts are in commercial programs. This prejudgement originates from the past; however, it is not the case with Best ScreenSnap. SmartphoneWare has managed to provide the S60 community with a signed application which is, I claim, both bug-free and superbly useful.

The rationale behind installing Best ScreenSnap is being able to take a picture of the foreground window and then saving the screenshot in the phone memory or the memory card. ScreenSnap can hide itself in the background and perform the capturing task by means of a hot key. This little application is extremely beneficial for bloggers who need to publish screenshots of different applications with their separate windows on their blogs.

When ScreenSnap is launched from the Applications folder, its undecorated window displays six options which can be accessed by pressing Up and Down. They are:

  • Shortcut key,
  • Image type,
  • Action,
  • Base file name,
  • Storage,
  • Folder

The first one, titled “Shortcut key”, allows users to define a single key or a hot key for capturing screen images. I’ve assigned the Multimedia key on my N82 to perform this task, and whenever I press the Multimedia key, I hear the familiar camera click sound which signals the completion of the image capturing process.

The second application option, titled “Image type”, allows us to define the file type for captured images. By default, it uses “JPEG, medium quality”, and this can be modified by users. In general, the program offers several variants of JPEG and BMP.

The third option is called “Action”, and specifies what the program should do after taking the window image. If the action is set to “Save”, captured images are saved on the phone memory or the memory card, and the fifth option, called “Storage”, is responsible for the identification of the image location. If the action is set to “Send”, however, a familiar window opens to help us select if the captured screenshot is to be sent via, say, an email message or a multimedia message.

By default captured images are stored in the C:\Images\ScreenSnap folder, and the fourth program option, called “Base file name”, specifies the naming convention used for captured images. By default, the application uses the prefix “Scr” followed by five zeros followed by the number of the captured image taken to give each screenshot a unique name. Last but not least, the sixth program option, called “Folder”, can be used to alter the name of the folder which hosts the screenshots in the Images directory and, as mentioned above, it is “ScreenSnap” by default.

When the focus is in the ScreenSnap window, “Key 2” can send it to the background, while pressing “Key 1” and selecting “Exit” closes the application and frees the image capture key/hot key: the Multimedia key in my case. As you see, the program offers simple but practical options which make ScreenSnap a must-have on all S60 3rd Edition handsets. Having used it for a couple of hours, I’m wondering if I’m going to see the second release of this application because currently it does whatever I want.

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