Screenshot Page: A New Tool in Parallels Toolbox for Mac 2.5

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One of the new utilities in Parallels® Toolbox for Mac 2.5  is the Screenshot Page tool. This creates screenshots of web pages—even especially long pages. In this blog post, I’ll show you this tool in action.

Without a tool like this, creating a screenshot of a long web page can be quite tedious. You must take a screenshot of the top part of the page, scroll down, take another screenshot, and so on. Then you need to arrange these screenshots in a sensible way, and maybe even stitch all of them together into one continuous long image. I’ve had to do this in the past, and it’s a real pain. Our new Screenshot Page tool automates this process—all you have do is click on a button.

Figure 1 shows this tool in the main menu for Parallels Toolbox.

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Video 1 (60 seconds) shows the tool in operation, taking a screenshot of the main Parallels Toolbox web page—quite a long one.
The Screenshot Page tool requires you to install a Safari extension. When you do so, you can choose the graphics format for the screenshots: JPG, PNG, or PDF. JPG and PNG have size restrictions, so I have set mine to PDF (Figure 2).

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Figure 2_Screenshot Page extension for Safari

In addition to enabling the tool to scroll a page, the extension also puts a button in the Safari toolbar (Figure 3).

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Figure 3_Screenshot Page plug-in

This button gives you a streamlined way to use the tool: just click the button, as shown in Video 2 (30 seconds).

Let us know in the comments, or in the Parallels Forums, what new tools you would like to see in Parallels Toolbox.

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Kurt has been a Mac developer since before the Mac came out. Today he is the Senior Product Manager at Parallels where he works on both Parallels Desktop for Mac and Parallels Access. Prior to Parallels, he was the Senior Mac Evangelist in the Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) at Microsoft Corp. Kurt is the author of three books and has lectured internationally on object-oriented programming, UI design, and virtualization. Kurt is also a Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS Accredited Support Professional for 2014 and 2015. Outside of work, Kurt has been a fencer for many years, has four times been a member of the US team at the world championships, and has also been the coach of the US team: