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screenshot command no longer works in FF18

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screenshot command no longer works in FF18

I used screenshot command fairly heavily to capture the entire webpage, but upon updating to FF18, the command is broken.

I can still do very simple things like "screenshot test.png", but anything more complicated than that will result in a prompt saying too many arguments. However, "help screenshot" clearly says I should be able to append lots of arguments after that, just as FF17.

I am not sure if I am the only one having the problem, and I'd like to know if anyone else encountered the same issue. Thanks.

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Re: screenshot command no longer works in FF18

This was filed as a bug:

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=832549

However, it's not a bug -- just not documented well enough. You need to use "--" before any parameters.

i.e. "screenshot filename --fullpage"

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Re: screenshot command no longer works in FF18

Are you using any Linux tools to capture screenshot or pressing the button prtsrc

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Re: screenshot command no longer works in FF18

No. I am not using any external tool, nor hitting print screen key. I just brought up the command line interface with Shift+F2 and start typing commands, as I always do in FF17.

After FF introduced screenshot command, I've removed all screenshot addons, and solely relied on this command to capture webpages. This is really a fantastic command for my use case (as a non web dev).

Command in action: https://hacks.mozilla.org/2012/08/new-firefox-command-line-helps-you-develop-faster/

My problem is that what used to work in FF17 no longer works after I upgraded to FF18. I am just not sure if it's my problem, or a bug. This breakage looks really obvious, and is unlikely to slip through FF's test team in my opinion. So I'd like to know if anyone is having the same problem...

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Re: screenshot command no longer works in FF18

This was filed as a bug:

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=832549

However, it's not a bug -- just not documented well enough. You need to use "--" before any parameters.

i.e. "screenshot filename --fullpage"

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Re: screenshot command no longer works in FF18

Thank you very much, janger. You made my day. Hope Mozilla will improve the documentation in the next version.

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Re: screenshot command no longer works in FF18

Hello,

this is my first post here, and English isn't my native language.

I had a similar problem with the FF Add-On Awesome Screenshots, since automatically upgrade from FF 17 to FF 18. And unfortunately only a very rough solution.

The Add-On seemed to work, but I can't save the images to my harddisk. I did the mozilla plugin-check with mysterious results, Java and flash-plugins should be outdated, but weren't. Nevertheless I did a reinstall of these plugins. Pluginchecker allways said they were to old. After a third hit to the pluginchecker, it aknowledged the plugins as new.

But nothing helps for the screenshot problem. As next step I deactivated all security add-ons and did a restart. No improvement. Awesome Screenshots couldn't saved images to HD.

At least I uninstalled FF 18 and reinstalled FF 17 what should I say : no longer problems to save the Awesome Screenshots to HD, nor with activated Add-Ons nor without.

So my conclusion this Add-On AWESOME SCREENSHOTS v 2.3.8 is no longer compatible with FF 18. Still until this moment. At the moment is FF 17 my first choice, because also the bookmark (?) ( say it in german 'Lesezeichen') function don't work properly with all websites in FF18.

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Re: screenshot command no longer works in FF18

This thread isn't about an extension, but about using a build-in Firefox feature via the Developer Toolbar to save a complete web page as a PNG file to disk.

  • Web Developer > Developer Toolbar

The default file name is "Screen Shot yyyy-mm-dd at HH.MM.SS.png" in download directory.

help screenshot
screenshot --
screenshot --fullpage test_fullpage.png
screenshot --clipboard true --delay 5

Current Firefox versions have a lot of web developer tools build-in.

This page needs an update:

We have seen more reports that extensions that make screenshots aren't working properly, so you will have to wait for an update that fixes this.

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Re: screenshot command no longer works in FF18

Though this does not solve your problem, it might be useful for you and the other visitors until the problem is fixed - screenshot addon named FireShot does the job just fine: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/fireshot/