I need a "screenshot saving tool" or whatever you want to call it

by MarkR 19 replies
OK, this is a weird one. But I need a tool that can:
  1. take in a bunch of keywords (20-50)
  2. enter them into Google one at a time
  3. then save the resulting search results screen in a file for review
Seems simple, but I have no idea where to find such a beast. Ubot? WinAutomation? iMacro? Anyone seen something like this?
#main internet marketing discussion forum #call #screenshot saving tool
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  • Profile picture of the author forthright
    Hire an elancer at $1 an hr to use jing.com and you'll get your screen shots. Or hire an elancer to write you a bot script.
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  • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
    Not 100% sure, but you could probably do this with winautomation.com and the firefox screengrab plugin. Never done it myself, but sounds like a relatively simple task.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Baker
    You could 1 of 2 things.

    1. Bookmark your results so you can come back to them at any time.

    2. Save the results as a web page. Then you can easily load the page into your browser any time you like.

    Otherwise, you can just press your PrintScrn button to take a screen capture, open Microsoft Paint, press Ctrl+V to paste in the screenshot. Click File -> Save, and save it as a jpg file.
    Do that for each screen you want saved.
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberSorcerer
    Quick Screen Capture is what I use. Works great and it's free.
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  • Profile picture of the author lonestar164
    SnagIt! over at TechSmith Screen Capture, Screen Recorder, Video Hosting, and Usability Testing Software (same people that make Camtasia) can save an entire website by scrolling down the page and saving it in various formats. Can also save as text file.
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  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
    If all you are looking for is a screen capture tool, then Picnik is a great Firefox plugin that takes full page screenshots.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Deegan
    Hey Mark, I don't want to make it sound like I'm promoting my WSO, but the tool in my sig can do exactly what you want and has a built in scheduler to automate the process for you. It does a couple other things as well. You will still need to enter the urls for each keyword but this is SUPER easy to do. I'm not home at the moment but if you'd like I can create a video showing you how its done as soon as I get home.
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    • Profile picture of the author aduer
      If you have Windows 7 just use the snipping tool to capture the entire screen or part of it.

      You can even select areas using a "free hand" wand
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      • Profile picture of the author MarkR
        Guys, thanks for the ideas. Good input.

        I have plenty of screen capture tools (I use Screenshot Captor). I was looking for an automated tool to feed URLS in, and have it save the resulting screen as screenshots to a file. I could do it manually, but it would take forever. And I'd rather not invest the time to build one (uBot/WinAutomation, etc.)

        Daniel, your tool is overkill for what I need, but it looks awesome. Very close to my needs. Can it just by default capture the whole screen instead of having to go through every URL and highlight the part with the ad? I'm not using it for the ads feature, I just need a simple screnshot of the whole page. If I have to highlight the "ad region" (whole page for me) that would defeat the purpose of automating it for me. I only need one screenshot per page.

        What I need to do is:

        search Google for "dog training", take a screenshot, save it to a file
        search Google for "dog collars", take a screenshot, append it to the file
        etc. etc. etc.

        I can format the URL with the search term already loaded, I just don't want to sit there and type in 50 search terms, take screenshots, save them, and repeat 49 more times.

        Let me know if this sounds like something your tool can do. If so, do you have a "24 hour trial version" or something like that I could do a proof of concept with? I do this kind of stuff all the time for my SEO work and this would save a ton of time.

        Thanks!
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        • Profile picture of the author Daniel Deegan
          Hey Mark, I'm going to send you a PM. But to answer your question, no you don't have to select a region. The default is the entire page. So what you would need to do is simply get the search engine query string for each keyword (only once) and just add it to a project and thats it.

          Then you would just set the scheduler and it would auto grab the search engine results pages for each keyword as often as you like.

          I could probably have a feature added where you would just enter keywords and it could even auto go to each search engine for you without manually entering the actual search url, I just dont know if other folks would be interested in such a feature.
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  • Profile picture of the author LSoft
    Is youtube.com/watch?v=eOmv8Iswy8s&hd=1 anywhere close to what you are looking for?
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    • Profile picture of the author MarkR
      LSoft,

      That's VERY close to what I need. I would have preferred writing the screenshots to a single file, but that's not a big deal.

      The two things that are really important to me are 1) that I use the US version of the Google search engine, and 2) that I can set the location that I'm browsing from. i.e. There is an option on the left side of the page (shows up after you do a search) to set your location. That affects the results from Google. Are you using an API, or somehow using the browser resident on the PC running your software? I ask, because if I set the location on my Google, it stays in place even after I shut the PC down and come back later. I assume they are cookie'ing my PC.
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        • Profile picture of the author Itachi
          Basically what you want is a program that automate the saving of the screenshot process ?

          If so you can use FRAPS press a shortkey and it send the screenshot directly to a folder.

          As a bonus in addition to this you can download Irfanview which is a great software for quickly editing images.
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  • Profile picture of the author Coby
    You can feed a list of URL's into this software and it will take the screenshots...

    Thank You! Now You Can Get More Free Software!

    I think this will do what you are asking and it's free
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    • Profile picture of the author MarkR
      Davidoff, thanks. I played with WinAutomation, but it wasn't easy enough to create what I wanted. The learning curve even for an ex-programmer was longer than I could invest to get it to work. Remember, the URLs to capture change regularly, and I have to be able to set the location in Google, because SERPs are different depending on your location. Ideally, I'd feed it a file of data (keywords, location, etc.) and it would search Google, do the screen caps and save them with a useful name.

      Coby, thanks to you to. It's not just URLs I would need to feed. I have many software programs that I can feed URLs to. I need to dynamically set the location which could change for each URL. i.e. "dog training" "los anglees, ca" and then "dog collars" "chicago, il", etc. There also has to be timers set so as not to cause Google to ask for captchas.

      LSoft's program is the closest I've ever seen, but getting the location set properly/accurately didn't work. It had to be done manually which defeated my "automation" purposes.

      Daniel's software was awesome, but it wasn't designed to change the location in Google, therefore couldn't be used.

      Thanks for pitching in guys!
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      • Profile picture of the author Coby
        Originally Posted by MarkR View Post

        Coby, thanks to you to. It's not just URLs I would need to feed. I have many software programs that I can feed URLs to. I need to dynamically set the location which could change for each URL. i.e. "dog training" "los anglees, ca" and then "dog collars" "chicago, il", etc. There also has to be timers set so as not to cause Google to ask for captchas.

        Thanks for pitching in guys!
        Hey Mark, My bad, I see what your asking for now...

        Sounds like this would be a good product to create?

        Cheers,
        Coby
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Crawford
    did you ever get anything worked out for this?
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  • Profile picture of the author akif
    i hope you find it
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