Automatic screenshots -- also known as timed screenshots, automatic screen captures, or automatic screen grabs -- are a great way to document, for whatever purpose, what was shown on your computer screen at different times throughout the day.
For those who aren't familiar with the term screenshot, it's essentially an exact duplicate of what is being shown on the computer screen, saved in high-quality picture form (JPEG, PNG, etc), that can be viewed on any computer.
IcyScreen is a powerful software program of ours that can take those screenshots for you, and even e-mail or upload them to the Internet (see below)... automatically, of course.
IcyScreen has a lot of features, but it's also straightforward and easy to use. All you really need to do is tell it how often you'd like a screenshot to be taken -- every second, every 10 minutes, every 3 days, etc. -- and then where you'd like the screenshot to be saved or sent. Then just click the On button and IcyScreen will faithfully do its job, taking screenshots as often as you told it to.
Currently, IcyScreen can save, send, and upload screenshots automatically using four different methods (you can use all four, or just pick and choose):
- Disk: Screenshots will be saved to your hard drive, for example to C:\screenshots.
- FTP: Screenshots will be uploaded to a web/FTP server via FTP. This method is great for if you want to share screenshots with customers or even your employees, no matter where they are. You can even view the screenshots in a web browser.
- E-mail: Screenshots will be e-mailed to each e-mail address you specify. You can specify an unlimited number of e-mail addresses, and can even include a message in the e-mail.
- ImageShack: Screenshots will be uploaded to your ImageShack image hosting account (which is free).
If you've got an idea for a save or upload method you'd like to see added to Icy, send us an e-mail and let us know about it.
As mentioned earlier, there are lots of optional settings you'll probably find useful, too. You can customize the screenshot image format (GIF, PNG, JPEG, BMP...) and dimensions, set dynamic file names using timestamp and format codes, choose which monitors (and what parts of each monitor) should be included in the screenshot, decide when Icy should skip a screenshot (like if the computer has been inactive or the screen hasn't changed), and set whether you'd like a screenshot to be taken of the entire screen or just the active application window.
For more information about IcyScreen, and for a link to download, check out the IcyScreen website. And if you have any questions feel free to shoot me an e-mail and I'd be happy to answer them for you.