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Is An On Device Screenshot Utility Impossible?

BbscreenshooterscreenshotThis might just be coming from my ignorance regarding the capabilities (& limitations) of the BlackBerry API but I have to ask. Why are there no applications to allow you to take a screenshot from your BlackBerry? I know this is possible with BBscreenshooter (and one other application I cant think of right now) but that requires the use of a PC and JavaLoader.exe.

Just imagine how useful it would be. From the top of my head here are a couple of scenarios where it would be highly useful.

  • Imagine you are on the road and you want to send somebody a screenshot of Google Maps
  • Or you are having a problem with and application and/or theme and want to send the screenshot of the error to the developer
  • Take for example the ability to send your helpdesk a ticket automatically of the what you are seeing on your BlackBerry so that they can walk you through an option. I have seen help desk employees using the BlackBerry simulator to send screenshots to BlackBerry users on the road showing them how to access certain options such as the global address lookup.
  • Better yet imagine if a BES admin could pull up a screenshot of what you are currently seeing OTA

As you can see I have been looking for such a solution and the best I have come up with is the free and very useful BBscreenshooter. The problem is that it requires a desktop. Is this because such an application is impossible to implement without one?

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  1. I wish there were a screenshot utility for Linux. Making my reviews is always a pain because of the screenshots. I have to boot Windows in VMWare (grudgingly, every time) and the USB connection with the Blackberry is very unstable under VMWare. I have to connect and reconnect the cable a dozen times until I have all the screenshots I want. Bottom line: I always cringe at the thought and procrastinate a lot. :-(

  2. There is a screenshot API, so I´m pretty sure that it would be possible.

    B*Nator Remote Control uses this API to capture the screen and make it accessible to a third person.

    http://remote.isec7.com/bnatorrc/

  3. SnapScreen for BlackBerry OS 4.3 is now available.

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