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Screenshot Captor / Re: Forgets Settings on Boot
« on: May 08, 2017, 12:07 PM »
I have noticed that if screenshot captor does not exit cleanly (like when it was hanging earlier after too many automatic captures), that it did not save the settings.  The saving of settings maybe only happens on exit?

So if your reboot/restart isn't shutting down screenshot captor first, and you hadn't previously exited cleanly after changing settings, that might be what is going on.

Mouser's Zone / Re: issue with automatic screenshotter
« on: May 08, 2017, 10:02 AM »
Whoops... I just realized that I mis-read the second option.  It says "delete screenshots to ensure disk usage is below this value".  I thought it meant "delete screenshots if available disk space is below this value".

So, doing the math, it seems I probably had about 500mb of screenshots saved, which is why it was deleting them.  Now that I've set it to 0, it shouldn't delete anymore.

Mouser's Zone / issue with automatic screenshotter
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:54 AM »
I found another issue with automatic screenshotter.  It seems that there is something wrong with the cleanup/delete of old screenshots.  I had it set to "0" for number of screenshots to keep, 500mb for disk space, and 500 for days to keep.  It was automatically deleting screenshots that were about 17 hours old... there were about 1000 screenshots in that time.  I don't remember if 1000 was the original default for number of screenshots to keep before I set it to 0, but it might have been.

I have now changed the configuration to "0" for all three settings, and I restarted.  Will post back here if the behavior changes at all.

Mouser's Zone / Re: Bug report: automatic screenshotter stops
« on: May 05, 2017, 08:53 AM »
 :up: :up:

Looks like you did it.  It's still running, and GDI handles are steady at 199.  Thanks much for the quick fix!

Mouser's Zone / Re: Bug report: automatic screenshotter stops
« on: May 04, 2017, 10:55 AM »
beta version is installed and running.  GDI handles currently at 198.  Will let you know how it goes.  Thanks for the quick turnaround on this.

Mouser's Zone / Re: Bug report: automatic screenshotter stops
« on: May 03, 2017, 02:13 PM »
Nice call, @worstje!!  GDI handles definitely seems to be the problem.  It just hung again, and I ran process explorer and it says GDI Handles = 9,999.  I bet the limit is 10,000.

Hope that helps you track down the problem, @mouser!  Let me know if any other information would be useful.

Mouser's Zone / Re: Bug report: automatic screenshotter stops
« on: May 03, 2017, 01:08 PM »
I will download process explorer and take a look at all of these things and report back here.   I have not looked at the event viewer, but I will do that, too.

Mouser's Zone / Re: Bug report: automatic screenshotter stops
« on: May 02, 2017, 05:30 PM »
Sure, I'd be willing to run a debug version for you.  I guess the windows dump file is of no use?

The icon for Screenshot Captor was red when it froze up, but the icon for Automatic Screenshotter doesn't change... it is still blue with a red dot, showing it is active.  It is like that all the time.

Mouser's Zone / Re: Bug report: automatic screenshotter stops
« on: May 02, 2017, 01:56 PM »
I'm using the default, where screenshotter creates the directory heirarchy by date and has a timestamp on the files.  There are no other files in those directories.

It's happened twice so far (since I only started using it a few days ago).  The first time it was after 32 hours, and the second time was after 27 hours.  I captured a windows dump file when it hung most recently.  Not sure if that helps at all, but I can send it, if you want.  It's 114 MB, so I can't attach it here.

The most recent time it hung, it had created 1034 files in the first day's directory and then switched to the second day and had created 694 files in there before it stopped.  The very last file written out was all black.

There is no screensaver or automatic power settings enabled.  When I come back to the console, it is still showing the screen and there are no error messages.  screenshotter is still running, but right click on icon does nothing and double click brings up an empty window.  It will not close without being killed.

Mouser's Zone / Re: Bug report: automatic screenshotter stops
« on: May 01, 2017, 03:34 PM »
Thanks for the reply.

It's a windows 10 virtual machine with a single 50GB virtual drive that has plenty of free space.  Don't think there should be any issue with continuous writes.  Screenshotter already breaks up files into daily directories.  Since I have it set to capture every 20 seconds, that means it would end up with at most 4320 files per directory, which isn't that many.  Even a FAT32 filesystem can have 64k files in a directory.  And with it only writing changes, it's usually only writing about 1000 files per day.

It is running Avast free antivirus.  I haven't excluded any directories, but it is usually pretty good about popping up notifications if it takes any action.  I could try that, though.

I'll gather some more data on when it occurs and how many files and how much space is being used the next time it stops and will post here.

Mouser's Zone / Bug report: automatic screenshotter stops
« on: May 01, 2017, 09:09 AM »
Similar to what I reported for the automatic mode in screenshot captor (, I see the same behavior with automatic screenshotter.  After running for some period of time (for me it was about 30 hours, capturing every 20 seconds), the application will lock up and stop capturing.  I have to kill it and restart it.  It would not respond to right click menu from the system tray.

Let me know if there are any logs or other troubleshooting I could do to help pinpoint the problem.

I now have automatic screenshotter running.  Will let you know if I see any issues. Thanks!

It might happen more quickly if you capture more often.   Seemed to last longer when I changed from 15 seconds to 20 seconds. 

Also I am running on Windows 10... Not sure if that makes a difference.

Screenshot Captor / problem with screenshot captor automatic mode
« on: April 29, 2017, 12:18 PM »
If you set screenshot captor in automatic mode and let it run for a long period of time (I have it set to do a full screen capture every 20 seconds for 9,000 captures -- roughly 50 hours), it will eventually hang with a red icon in the tray.  I have to kill it and restart it.  The hang happens at different times, usually after running for 20 to 30 hours, or like around 4000-5000 captures.  I have plenty of disk space to store the captures, so that's not the problem.

Cool, I will take a look at that!

I would recommend though to also make a change to screenshot captor such that if you put "0" in for the number of automatic captures to make, that it just continually captures without stopping.  That seems like a relatively simple change.

Screenshot Captor / feature requests for automatic capture mode
« on: April 28, 2017, 10:11 AM »
First, thanks for the hard work on this program.  Very well done.

I'm using it to capture periodic screenshots in automatic mode.  I think a couple new features would make this even better than it already is:
1) allow "repeat until stopped", rather than limited to a set number of captures.  would like it to just keep running without ever stopping unless I manually stop it.
2) add an optional feature to delete intermediate captures that are identical to current capture.  that is, once a capture is made, it could compare it to the previous capture file, and if the files are the same (or even could have a tolerance where they are the same within some % deviation), it automatically deletes the previous file.

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