Creating Emulator Screenshots the VERY Easy Way!
December 22, 2010 6 Comments
Often, developers want to take screenshots of their emulator so that they can submit them to the marketplace. There are various ways of doing this such as print screen, dedicated WP7 emulator screenshot application etc.. My personal favourite, and arguably the easiest, is to use the Snipping Tool built into Windows 7. This isn’t anything new, and many people use this. However, it seems I was using it in an inefficient way (maybe I’m the only one :neutral:). Anywho, if you load the snipping tool (Start…type in ‘snip’ in the search box), the default value is Rectangular Snip, as shown below.
When cropping my image, I’d use the Rectangular Snip and highlight the emulator and try and get is accurate as possible. If the chrome of the emulator ever crept in, I’d adjust it in GIMP and try and ensure it remained at a resolution of 480 x 800. This got a bit tedious at times. Solution? Use the Window Snip option underneath :D. Select that, click on the emulator screen and you have a 480 x 800 perfectly cut screenshot! As a bonus, the emulator chrome is not included, so your app won’t be rejected from the marketplace for that reason. Don’t forget to set your emulator size to 100%!
Am I the only one who didn’t realise this? If not, hopefully it will save other people time :).