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I'm looking for a web app (ideally with an API) that will, when given a URL, take a screenshot of the web page and provide thumbnail images. It must support sites that use javascript for rendering, and modern standards particularly CSS3 and Web Fonts.

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possible duplicate of webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/582/… – jfoucher Jul 23 '10 at 5:44
Is was similar to that question, I've edited it to put more emphasis on the modern standards aspect – Marc Roberts Jul 23 '10 at 11:17

You can use browsershots.org and choose a reasonable modern browser (this will include the browser window though). It even has an XML-RPC API.

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I went with bluga.net's WebThumbs service as it has the best support for the latest CSS3 modules that we're using, and a really easy to use but thorough API. The only thing significant that was missing was support for web fonts, which the author is already working on.

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If you want something to use via an API, then Kwiboo offer a web-snapshot service that does this.

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I always use GrabzIt for this, they provide a great service, with API's for five different languages that allow you to easily integrate it into your web app.

Its also free easy to use and fast.

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Browshot uses real modern web browsers, with full HTML5/CSS3/Flash support. You can try the service for free.

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If you are looking for a wordpress plugin that will automate the job for you than "Simple Website Screenshot" does a fantastic job. You can specify the thumbnail size etc.


We use it on our own website (http://productivewebapps.com) if you'd like to see an example of it in use! (Disclaimer: I am the owner of this site)

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