Screen Capture?

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  1. Huntn Suspended

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    I recently purchased a online gaming guide, with a scrolling frame (where the guide resides), that my guess was designed so that the entire scrolling frame can't be captured. I'd like a copy for my own use so I don't have to be connected to the internet to view it. All my attempts have failed to get an entire frame. I even started a Snagit trial, which has a scrolling frame capture feature but it too fails to capture the entire frame.

    Any suggestions to accomplish this? Thanks!
     
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    Is this in a browser window? You could try command-p to print then select save as PDF at the bottom left.
     
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    Screenshot the top bit, scroll it down, screenshot the next bit and so on. Then put it together in something like Pages. I produce A3, A2, A1 size maps this way.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion, but that does not capture the entire content of the scrolling frame. :( I realize they (Prima Game Guides) want to protect their content, I suppose to prevent piracy, so they are very tricky with how they've displayed this online. Subsequently, it's hard to turn the entire thing into a pdf for off line reference, I'm not a pirate, just want this to be convenient.

    This is a very big Fallout 4 guide. If I could turn each complete frame into pdf, in one shot, that would work, but would still be a lot of work. If I copy a small section, I can paste that intact to a word processor. If I try to copy an entire frame, upon paste, it turns the content into a column of single letters. Having to take screen shots of the visible portion, each frame would be composed of about 5 screen shots and there are close to 500 pages. If turned into a .pdf, I don't know if this would function as a pdf or like an image. If an image, it might destroy any search capability.

    It looks like I'll be doing what Dave suggests below for the stuff I want for quick reference (by copy/paste small areas), but it will not help for doing searches. I also have a hard copy of the guide (that I purchased), but that can be a bear to search through, hence the advantage of a pdf.

    Thanks for the suggestion! I've used this method before. See above.
     
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    Is this in a browser window?? If it is try hitting shift-command-r to access Safari Reader mode. On multi-page articles like those long Ars Technica reviews Reader mode pulls down all the multiple pages into one long page. Then from there you can save to PDF. Might work.
     
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    Yes a browser window. Once in the guide, the outside portion of the browser window never changes. The url address may not change either but I've not checked that. In the middle of the page is a scrolling frame along with navigation buttons to move forward or back to the next frame. Thanks, I'll try this and report back. Do you know if a browser page captured this way and converted into a pdf maintains pdf search functionality or would it be just a bunch of sequenced images?
    :)
     
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    It will can be saved as a fully searchable PDF.

    For example if you go to this long, multi-page Ars Technica review of El Capitan then go to reader mode it will look like this (one long page) and the saved PDF looks the same and can be searched.
     

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    Yep, I can see how that would be a problem.
     
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    That works, you're a genius. Thanks! :)
     
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    Oh good... glad it worked out!
     
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    That's useful to know. Thanks for that.
     

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