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I'm wondering, is there any software out there that will automatically take screenshots of browser pages and create a gif/jpg file out of it?
I wanted to create an index that shows a thumbnail of the site - seems like a great way to immediately tell the user if a site would be worth checking out or not based on how professional they look. Doing this by hand for every site on the index seems too laborious and surely there must be a way to automate this? how does alexa or msn do it?
And yes, the index would be webmaster submitted, so it comes along with being listed.
Out of curiosity with the suggestion that it may be unfair use of the screenshot of the website, wouldn't that be similar to anyone's use of the name of a website, when we link to them? if we mention Volvo in this thread (just like I did a few word back) or if we place a photo of a Volvo car here, are those the same under the law, and would that require permission to do so?
Just trying to clarify.
For starters, The GIMP [gimp.org] does screenshots, and it is supposedly fully-scriptable, so it may be able to do what you want. From there on, I'm not too sure! Sounds like an interesting project! As vkaryl mentioned, you need to check out the copyright situation too...