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Tuffy Nicolas Level 2 Level 2 (170 points)

I want to get a "screenshot" (i.e. an image in any format -- PNG, JPG, PDF, whatever) of a looooooooong Safari window diplaying a Web page that entends far below the bottom of the visible screen area and has to be scrolled down to see all of it.


I know about the standard screenshot keyboard tricks in 10.6 -- Command-shift-4, Command-shift-4 then spacebar/click, Command-shift-3, etc. But not any of them allow the user to get a screen shot of the entirety of a long/deep window -- they only capture what is visible on the screen.


Also, another trick people often mention is to "print" (command-P) the Safari page, but instead of sending it to a printer choose "Save as PDF." Brilliant -- except that for some reason I've never been able to "print" a Safari page -- as soon as I hit the command-P keystrokes in Safari, I immediately get a spinning beachball that will only go a way with a force-quit of Safari. This has always been true on this computer (MacBook Pro) -- not sure if it's a common bug or if it's just an eccentricity of my particular machine. Either way, that option is off the table because "printing" is impossible with my Safari.


I also searched around for various third-party freeware applications, and despite a lot of grandiose promises, none of them actually was able to capture an entire window including portions not currently visible on the screen.


I did find a commercial application called SnapWeb that does have the capability to do exactly what I want -- but it doesn't produce usable images in demo mode and requires $$$ to unlock and work properly, something I'm currently unwilling to pay for a simple one-use gimmick that simply must be part of the OS already.


So my question is:


Is there any native way within the 10.6 OS that allows users to capture an entire long Safari window as an image file (not as a Web Archive, but as an image file composed of pixels), which includes the entirety of a Web page no matter how "long" it is, even if it extends far below the visible screen footprint?


And if there is no native way in 10.6, if there a freeware/shareware application/widget/plugin/whatever which does the same thing?


I already know about a commercial software that does it (SnapWeb), so I don't need more recommendations for paid apps. And I know that I can laboriously construct a JPEG by hand with Photoshop by taking a screenshot of the visible window, scrolling down a little, taking another screenshot, etc. etc., and then
"stitching" them together. Yeah, it's possible (and in fact is what I've done in the past), but it's a time-consuming hassle that shouldn't be necessary.


Help! I've wondered about how to do this for years, and have never yet found a satisfactory answer.

15" MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,565 points)

    You can save the entire page in Safari as a web Archive. The initial save is to the hard drive. On re-opening it, the page will even contain hot links that will be active and go to the active webpage.


    If you want to try this in Safari click Save As… and choose Web Archive.


    Safari 5.17 Mac OS 10.6.8

  • Tuffy Nicolas Level 2 Level 2 (170 points)

    roam --


    In my initial post, I specifically said:


    "Is there any native way within the 10.6 OS that allows users to capture an entire long Safari window as an image file (not as a Web Archive, but as an image file composed of pixels)..."

  your recommendation, while well-intentioned, is NOT the solution I'm seeking. I don't want a Web Archive made of html code and hot links and all that, what I want is a photographic image of exactly what an entire Web page looks like, a single jpeg or PNG file composed of pixels and nothing else, just like any image file.

  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 Level 6 (11,520 points)

    Why don't we explore your Safari printing problem? 'Cos print to PDF is the solution.


    Do you get a spinning beachball if you use File/Print rather than Command-p? Can you print from other applications?

    Quit Safari, then run and restart Safari. Watch the console for any Safari-related error messages. Then try printing. Post any of the messages related to Safari.

  • jsd2 Level 5 Level 5 (6,200 points)

    Have you looked at Paparazzi (freeware)?

  • ethereality Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    My first thought was also print to PDF. If it must be an image, though, one can open the PDF with gimp and save it as an image.

  • Tuffy Nicolas Level 2 Level 2 (170 points)

    Austin Kinsella1: "...print to PDF is the solution."


    Actually, it probably isn't. The reason I never went to much effort trying to solve the Safari-print problem is that in my experience with other Web browsers and with Safari on other machines, the "Save as PDF" option in the print window does NOT necessarily create an exact "snapshot" of what the Web page looks like when displayed on my screen. In fact, just now, repeating an experiment I did earlier, I opened and ran Firefox (which doesn't cause a spinning ball when I try to print with it) and I opened a sample long Web page, chose "Print," selected "Save as PDF," but the resulting PDF had two problems: Firstly and most importantly, it was a different rendering of the page, more simplified, with various graphic features absent. I think that many sites like newspapers and blogs and so forth have in their underlying html code a "print version" of each page which is only accessed when the page is being printed (or in our  case saved as a PDF). This defeats the purpose of what I'm trying to achieve -- get an exact picture of how the page appears in the browser, and not get a printout which is has the same content but which is conveniently formatted for printing ease. And secondly, "Save as PDF" creates a multi-page PDF rather than a single long continuous image. (And I've also wrestled with how to automate converting a multi-page PDFs to a single long jpeg, and I've yet to find a good way that doesn't require manual image-by-image editing.) Because of those two reasons, I've never had much optimism about how successful "Save to PDF" would even be if I got it to work in Safari. Perhaps some old-school primitive pages would be saved in a PDF that looked exactly like the screen image, but I suspect most wouldn't.

  • ethereality Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    You're right, often Print to PDF results in a "formatted for printing" page ...


    Do you know whether this issue has been resolved in the Mountain Lion operating system? Perhaps Grab has been improved, for example I just tested it (I use 10.6.8), and it still only captures on the window's visible portion. Maybe they added a feature to it in Lion that captures the entire window? Please tell me if they have, because I also share your question.

  • Tuffy Nicolas Level 2 Level 2 (170 points)



    Yes, in fact Paparazzi! was the very first freeware I downloaded and tried. But for the life of me I couldn't figure out how to make it work.


    Subsequently, I downloaded at least 12 different freewares that advertised having various wonderful capabilities regarding screenshots and so forth, but not a single one had the capacity to get a screenshot of a long window that extended below the visible screen area.


    In most cases, I definitively ascertained that the applications did not have that feature. But in a few cases the software was so confusing and poorly designed that I simply gave up trying to figure out how to make the program work. Paparazzi was one of those cases where I just gave up. I'll return to it now and try to decipher its user interface and try to get it to work again to definitely determine whether it does what I want or not, but I'm not optimistic about my chances.

  • Tuffy Nicolas Level 2 Level 2 (170 points)

    ethereality: "My first thought was also print to PDF. If it must be an image, though, one can open the PDF with gimp and save it as an image."


    Yes, but one must have a PDF that reflects the actual Web page in the first place, and as you noted in your follow-up comment, in many cases the PDF is a "formatted for printing" version of the Web page. So opening the PDF and rendering it as an image using "gimp" still wouldn't solve the original problem of the PDF not being a snapshot of the actual Web page.


    And no, I don't know anything about Mountain Lion (and don't plan to get it), so I don't know if it solved this "problem" (nor do I yet know if this issue is indeed a "problem" or is instead just reflective of my ignorance of the ins and outs of 10.6 -- I still think there must be some very-little-known built-in screenshot keyboard shortcut that does exactly what I'm looking for).

  • Tuffy Nicolas Level 2 Level 2 (170 points)



    After fiddling with Paparazzi! for another 40 minutes, I finally deciphered (through trial-and-error) how to maneuver through its awkward user-interface to an extent that I was finally able to make it "work" -- at least work sufficiently for my purposes. And lo and behold, it does indeed have the capacity to capture a screenshot of an entire long Web page, including the portion not visible on the screen. In fact my first attempt was to experiment with this very page of our thread on Apple "Discussions" about how to solve this problem -- and I got Paparazzi! to save it as a jpeg!! The whole thread, top to bottom, exactly as on the screen, not re-formatted for printing. The final file size was 985 pixels wide by 4,204 pixels long (1.2mb).


    I have since experimented with a couple other pages and had success with them as well.


    HOWEVER, I can't guarantee that Paparazzi! will work with every page on the Web, because I think one of the problems when I first attempted to use it was that the page I was trying to get a screenshot of contained a lot of Flash elements and other data-heavy widgets, and I think those messed up Paparazzi!'s memory or overwhelmed it or something. But perhaps such huge and problematic pages are rare enough to not be much of an issue using Paparazzi! under normal circumstances.


    So, I'll consider this problem "solved," and give user "jsd2" a "This helped me" star, since even though I already had Paparazzi! he encouraged me to revisit it.


    And for the record to help those who might stumble on this thread in the future seeking a solution to the same problem:


    The freeware program to get is called "Paparazzi!" and is available directly on the developers site here:



    Also, note that the current version only works with 10.6.8 or later, but if you have a previous version of the Mac OS, the developer helpfully maintains an archive of older releases that work with older OS versions -- you can access the old (and new) versions here:



    It's also available for free download on various popular third-party sites, like:



    Be warned that Paparazzi! does not have a very intuitive user interface, nor a user manual, so be patient with it and you should be able to figure out how to make it work.


    If you want another application that also does the trick and which has a simpler and better user experience, but you don't mind paying money to buy it, you can purchase and download "SnapWeb" on its developer's site here:



    And if anybody seeing this in the future knows whether or not there is a native way to capture entire Web pages built in to 10.6, please post the info here. Thanks!

  • jsd2 Level 5 Level 5 (6,200 points)

    I just tried Paparazzi and it seemed to work for me -


    With Safari pointed to this very thread, I went to Paparazzi>File Menu>Capture URL from, and clicked on Safari. This entire thread window then loaded into Paparazzi, giving this:


    Screen shot 2012-11-21 at 1.26.55 PM.png


    I then went to File Menu>Save Image as, and chose .png, and the image saved as:


    How to make screenshot-jpg-pdf of...png


    edit: I see that our messages crossed - glad it worked for you as well!


    Message was edited by: jsd2

  • Tuffy Nicolas Level 2 Level 2 (170 points)

    jsd2 --


    Thanks for explaining to everyone how to use Paparazzi! Finally worked for me as well. Gave you a star.

  • campoxford Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    very simple. Hit print. Under paper size "manage cutom size". Enter a very long dimension...e.g. 10" x 37"  Save that as "website" or something. Save as pdf. Boom.

  • Allan-Michael Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Hi Thanks for the info!


    I wonder if you could help me further...


    I did all the above & saved as pdf & it was great! (Tested on this page & opened with Adobe Acrobat X Pro).

    But I want to save a web-page-pdf so that I can print it.

    Although the pdf is opened in Safari, when I try to open it in Paparazzi it just shows the striped line that comes at the bottom of the page when Safari is opening the Web-pdf. And not the content!


    Do I need to do something else to open a pdf-URL in Paparazzi?


    The link is:

    In case you want to try it.


    When I try to `Print File´ all I get in the printers preview-window are two black pages.


    Any help on this would be deeply appreciated, as I would like to print this Online Manual for my mother.


    Thanks in advance!

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