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Server-side screen capture --> thumbnail?



7:41 pm on Sep 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hello all,

For a project I'm doing to help a school, I'm trying to think of a way to produce screen captures server-side. Basically, I'd like to show a user in real-time, a thumbnail of the last pages users on their "team" have created. Needs to work on all common browsers, so that's why I'm thinking this needs to be done server-side.

This seems sort of impossible, because it seems to me that on the server side, there's no way to "know" what the screen looks like - only a browser can render it. But I'm wondering if there might be something I'm missing.

The site is on LAMP.

Any ideas at all?



8:37 pm on Sep 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member eelixduppy is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

You might want to try a quick site search [google.com]. To achieve what you want isn't impossible, but I believe it will require some outside-of-php tools.


10:07 am on Sep 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Thanks eelixduppy but yes of course I already did do a complete search and read through a number of threads on this. Didn't find a satisfactory answer in any of them - and most dated back a couple of years. I was hoping someone might have a new idea! ;)

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