Awesome Screenshot Captures Webpages As Screenshots

Awesome Screenshot Captures Webpages As Screenshots with an iOS 8 Extension – MacStories

Text and screenshot by Federico Viticci

Available for free on the App Store, Awesome Screenshot lets you capture screenshots of webpages from Safari through an action extension. The idea is a great one – I’ve always looked for a more integrated way of capturing webpages directly in Safari for iOS – but the execution has a couple of flaws that I’d like to see fixed soon.

Once enabled in Safari’s share sheet, Awesome Screenshot will show up as an action extension; tap it, and the webpage will be loaded in a full-screen view inside the browser. Awesome Screenshot doesn’t generate a screenshot immediately, but instead asks you to choose between a full webpage capture or an “only visible” mode that generates an image for what’s currently visible in Safari’s window. I like that two different modes are available, although I’d prefer to be able to set a preference and choose to always save webpages in their entirety.

Once captured as a screenshot, the extension shows an editing screen with basic annotation tools for selections, arrows, boxes, and other shapes that you can find in similar apps. The interaction isn’t as smooth as what you get in Evernote’s Skitch (which has become an exceptionally polished iOS app), but it gets the job done and it’s functional. When you’re ready, you can save the screenshot to your photo library or share it using other extensions installed on your device. When it worked, I ended up with high-res screenshots of webpages.

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N.B. After a recent update everything works smooth!


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