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Screenshot ER is a free Android app for making screenshots. The advantages of the app is that, firstly, it is free and secondly it works even when its competitors can’t do a thing. A powerful combination of features, don’t you think? The biggest drawback is that it requires root access, which is not a big deal if you decided to use an Android device at your good will.



Screenshot ER Android App Review

Screenshot ER Android App Review


On A Personal Note

What I really liked about the app is that once you start taking a screenshot (after clicking the “Take Screenshot” button), a really neat timer appears in the upper right corner of your screen and you can see all the time you’ve got (up to 6 seconds in the demo version) before it actually takes a screenshot. It’s very convenient, because you’re not supposed to ‘guess’ when the heck the thing is going to do its business.

One more cool thing is that you can specify all sorts of options for taking a screenshot such as : snap on shake (you can also set shake sensitivity for your ultimate convenience), snap on notification tap, and snap on long search (in case you want to take screenshots by a long click on your search button). Plus, you can create a shortcut on your home screen. Having added that shortcut, you can fire up your Screenshot ER right when you need it.



Screenshot Options

Once your screenshot is made, a neat thumbnail appears in the top right corner. You can just click on that thumbnail to expand the drop down menu that allows you to : Discard ( if you clicked the button accidentally trying to start some game or whatever), View (the name says it all ), Retake (in case you’re not happy with the resulted image), Share (you can share via AllShare, Bluetooth, Gmail, Messaging, Picasa, etc) and Save (in case you ARE satisfied with the result)



Screenshot ER Android App Review


Settings Options

By default, it saves screenshots in the /sdcard/ScreenshotER/ folder, but you can specify any other folder for that. After having taken your screenshot, you can just use ‘My files’ or your favorite and installed Android file manager to access your image.

In case you intend to take screenshots all the time. You can set the app to start on boot. You may need such a behavior when you, for instance, write an app overview. Just like me now. :)

The Screenshot ER app plays a sound while taking screenshots, but there’s an option that allows you to disable that. Why would you need to do that? Well, you really need it when you are sneakingly taking screenshots at night.

As a matter of fact, you can disable the sound option and just enable the Vibrate one, so that your device just vibrates and makes no extra sound whatsoever.

Another really quacktastic feature that catches the eye is that you can define what sort of preview you want to behold. It can be Full Screen (my favorite), Thumbnail or Minimalistic. Also, you can disable the preview option at all.

The ‘Override Screenshots’ option allows you to override a previously taken image with one of the same name. Make sure that you’re careful with that feature because you can delete an image that you actually need.

You can specify your file name format as well. IMHO, it’s a thing for uber-geeks, hands down. I’m not saying that is not necessary, but still …



Screenshot ER Android App Review

What Turned the Tide ....

Apart from all the above, you can also define the ‘Rotate Screenshot’ option if your screenshots are saved incorrectly and look wacky (as in my case). This feature was a game-changer for me, because I was about to decide that this app is not exactly compatible with my Galaxy Tab, but in fact I just needed to rotate it 90 degrees.

You can also specify the image file format you prefer. You basically have 2 options for that: PNG image or JPEG image.

The free version of the application restricts delays to 6 seconds. I’ve used it for all sorts of purposes and I could not see the situation when you’d need more than 6 seconds for getting to the screen where you need your screenshot to happen. So, if you’re not exactly ready to shell out, you’re all good, in fact :)

In the Appearance section of the settings screen, you can specify whether you want it to be displayed full screen, with a countdown or not, and you can also define if you want to see toasts (messages that just let you know what is happening).

And finally the debug section in settings lets you use slow mode (if your screenshots are of low quality), debug (if you feel like doing so), and you can also write to the developers right from the interface of the app.


Conclusion

Judging from all the written above, you probably think that I like the app, right? You got it! I honestly think that it’s the best Android screenshot application ever. Do you know another one that has such robust features and at the same time is so neatly designed? Please let me know in the comments if so.

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