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Author Topic: feature request for auto-screenshot  (Read 3272 times)

adamantine

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feature request for auto-screenshot
« on: November 03, 2014, 02:12:08 AM »
1) is there a possibility to add the "auto-screenshot" option?
it will allow to auto-create screenshots (silently, in the background) every "specified quantity" of seconds/minutes...

the whole idea is illustrated in this image:



2) because of possible huge quantity of images (up to 3600 per hour), this option may be implemented into screenshot captor with an additional functionality:
auto-move already created screenshots to different sub-folders, for example:

e:\screen-shots\2014.11.03 (12.01-15.00)
e:\screen-shots\2014.11.03 (15.01-18.00)
e:\screen-shots\2014.11.03 (18.01-21.00)...
« Last Edit: November 03, 2014, 04:02:39 AM by adamantine »

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Re: feature request for auto-screenshot
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2014, 04:38:01 AM »
1) is there a possibility to add the "auto-screenshot" option?
it will allow to auto-create screenshots (silently, in the background) every "specified quantity" of seconds/minutes...

at a quick glance i can see that feature #1 is already available in the app (see images).

Fig. 1
Screenshot Captor Options_2014_11_03_001.png

Fig. 2
Screenshot Captor Options_2014_11_03_002.png

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Re: feature request for auto-screenshot
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2014, 07:03:16 AM »
i was exploring the settings (in search of something related to auto-screenshoting) but this "auto capture timer options" part turned out to be quite anti-obvious for me so i failed to understand it at all and moved further to other options

anyway the idea of auto-capturing could be implemented in more convenient way, i think:
- there is a minor problem: rate is always not precise (i set 5 ms, the result is 5 or 6; i set 8, the result is 8 or 9...)
- stop after is limited to 99.999 (which is kind of strange and not very useful)
- constant toggling via icon (of notification area) is not convenient at all (i always hide this icon)
- seemingly a hotkey for toggling could not be set

so yes, feature #1 is already implemented but it is full of disadvantages and it is not as good as in the image that i posted earlier. and feature #2 seems to be quite important but it is absent in screenshot captor

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Re: feature request for auto-screenshot
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2014, 07:25:50 AM »
- there is a minor problem: rate is always not precise (i set 5 ms, the result is 5 or 6; i set 8, the result is 8 or 9...)
Sounds like a totally different problem: Taking a screenshot every 5 milliseconds is probably faster than Windows can store the image on disk, so the next one might be a bit delayed... :o
And needing that feature, a more efficient solution might be to make a screen-movie, instead of a bunch of separate image files, that are not stored very efficient, compared to a (usually stored compressed) movie.
You might better use ESR (Easy Screencast Recorder) for that.

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Re: feature request for auto-screenshot
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2014, 07:35:03 AM »
Ath
sorry, that was a mistake. i had to write 5 s (or 5000 ms) instead of 5 ms

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Re: feature request for auto-screenshot
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2014, 03:12:14 PM »
i have a proposal concerning the implementation of the feature #2:
theoretically, a simple option may be more or less sufficient - 'move each new 200 screenshots into new sub-folder'
of course, '200' should be changeable
sub-folders should be entitled either '1', '2', '3'... or (better) according to the pattern defined by a user [see 2nd part of the 1st post in this topic]

there is a small additional feature request: a possibility to save auto-screenshots into a different folder
in other words: 1 folder for screenshots made via hot-key, the other folder for auto-screenshots

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Re: feature request for auto-screenshot
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2014, 07:53:09 AM »
I am considering a spin-off of Screenshot Captor specialized for auto-capturing of large numbers of images, sort of like an always-on screencast recording, with specialized features for reviewing past "recordings".

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Re: feature request for auto-screenshot
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2014, 09:38:18 PM »
this spin-off is very interesting for me
especially because i had to delete the program "screenshot maker" after several days of testing (without a reason it started to create completely black images, where cursor was the only properly captured element)

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Re: feature request for auto-screenshot
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2016, 08:02:33 AM »
I am considering a spin-off of Screenshot Captor
are there any news concerning this idea?

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Re: feature request for auto-screenshot
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2016, 08:04:22 AM »
only in the sense that yes i implemented it :)

http://www.donationc...tomaticScreenshotter

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Re: feature request for auto-screenshot
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2016, 12:34:07 AM »
http://www.donationc...tomaticScreenshotter
i'm sure that this program is the best in its class but it turned out that i cannot use it
because unfortunately cursor blinks every time a screen-shot is made

not in all cases but very often it distracts and irritates
especially considering the fact that it may occur circa 10 times during 1 minute

maybe it sounds like a tiny problem not worth mentioning but not for me
similar programs behave the same. and seemingly there is no solution

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Re: feature request for auto-screenshot
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2016, 06:46:46 AM »
Im not sure why it would be making the cursor blink - it doesn't do that on my tests.  Anyone else seeing this behavior?

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Re: feature request for auto-screenshot
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2016, 07:07:24 AM »
I'd expect that to be a videodriver issue. Updating to the latest version, best would be a WHQL approved release, may solve it.

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Re: feature request for auto-screenshot
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2016, 08:26:34 AM »
i think, this kind of blinking is not very evident for many people
it is necessary to look at cursor attentively right in the second when a png-file is saved

i use gtx 650 (driver 6.14.13.3750 from 2014.03.27)
but honestly, i doubt very much that new driver could remove this blinking
moreover, it is not very convenient time to change the video-driver now (in my case)

blinking is also present (when screen-shoting) in programs: screen-shot captor (2.96.02), hidden capture (3.2)

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Re: feature request for auto-screenshot
« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2016, 08:35:56 AM »
I see no such blinking in either program, so something is weird with your setup i think..

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Re: feature request for auto-screenshot
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2016, 10:42:41 AM »
Two year old drivers? I assume you have installed Windows updates since then, so IMHO, there's a big chance something broke, and an updated driver is the least you should try :o