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Screenshot Feature Built Into BlackBerry PlayBook!

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While at the BlackBerry PlayBook launch event last night I got a nice demo of the BlackBerry PlayBook from Mike Lazaridis. He pointed out a feature to me that is so critical yet I have not found it documented anywhere. It turns out that the BlackBerry PlayBook has a built in feature along with a key combination to take a screenshot of the screen. It truly is such a cool feature to have baked right into the OS and I absolutely LOVE IT! I can easily take screenshots and then use the Wi-Fi file sharing to get them on my PC.

All you have to do to take a screenshot on the BlackBerry PlayBook is follow these very complex steps:

  1. Hold down the “Previous Track” and “Next Track” buttons at the same time

Your screenshot will end up in the BlackBerry PlayBook Camera folder that you can access through the Pictures app. The only downside is there is no easy way to send them out to Twitter or email but hopefully RIM or an enterprising dev will do that for us soon! I have to say its a slick feature and makes reviews much easier!!!

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  1. slick, I love to see RIM implementing all these little ideas that would just cost us 99cents normally.

  2. Oh, don’t worry. People will *still* develop and sell screenshot apps for .99 😉

  3. Hey Ronen, busy day here for me but just wanted to say I’ve been quickly reading everything you put up and you are doing a 1000 times better job than anyone else in getting critical info out about the Playbook to those of us interested in it.

    It’s a shame that RIM kind of bungled the review process after reading what you write I know I’m going to love it and I know all blackberry faithful will love it too.

    Thanks for the great job!!!

  4. This is a nice feature. I’m sure it came in handy during the review too. Is there anything you haven’t liked about the Playbook so far? It’s almost as if the early reviewers were given a completely different device.

  5. Now THAT is something I’m excited about. Lol. I love screenshots. Especially of funny conersations.

  6. Certainly a welcome feature to help create FAQ’s for our end users…

  7. Very nice to know! but why is no documented ?

  8. I’m missing what’s so great about this…? Seems like a pretty standard feature.

    • It seems to me that Ipad nor XOom have this feature built in.

      Ummm so much for standardization

      • Yeah its so standard that you need to “Root” a Android device to do it or do it from a PC with the android SDK installed. I guess Android is so 1990s :)

      • To answer the question, Yes the iPad does have a screen capture feature. Well, at least me iPad 2 has it. All you do is press thlock button and the home button at the same time. Regardless if other tablets have it, it’s a great feature. Kudos to the PlayBook developers for this feature on the PB.

      • iPad has it. And I would bet good money that the Xoom has it too. That’s why I’m missing what’s so great. What do you mean by “so much for standardization”?

  9. Has anyone tried this on an iPad? Don’t get me wrong, I am by no means an Apple fanboy, but the iFail…err…iPhone already does this. I have a 3G model running iOS 4.2.1 that has the screenshot feature by pressing the Home and Lock keys simultaneously (I carry a BlackBerry; I only repair and resell the iPhone :-p). I don’t know when the feature was introduced on the iPhone, and while I commend RIM for including this on the PlayBook, I’m afraid they kinda stole the idea.

    • Roll back to the original 3G os and tell us if the screen shot feature was included then.

      And if we’re gonna say RIM stole the screenshot feature, then Apple stole cut and paste, folders, and mms.

      • Like I said, I’m no Apple fanboy, but people are pointing out that other tablets don’t do this, but I’m wondering if anyone tried an iPad. I imagine it does, since the iPhone does and the OS is so similar…unless Apple really dropped the ball!

      • iPhone 3G OS has it, it was introduced in version 2.0 of iOS

        This article says how you do it:

        http://www.macworld.com/article/134391/2008/07/iphone_screen_shots.html

        And it was published in July 2008. iPhone 3G was launched summer of that same year with iOS 2.0

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone_3G

        Also, I am a fan of both tablets, just pointing out the facts. Anyone know if and when playbook will be on display in stores?

        • I remember, now, that my cousin used to send me screen shots from his 3G all the time.

          I only reacted the way I did because I (falsely) imposed on Derek’s post the notion that RIM is copying Apple again.

          Thanks for clarifying.

        • It’s hard to say whether RIM stole the idea or they just happened to think it up by themselves without realizing Apple had already implemented it, but I think the former is more likely. Regardless, it is a welcome feature on any device. I have carried a BlackBerry for 7 years and don’t see why people are so crazy over the iOS or Android platforms, but I had to play devil’s advocate for a moment when I saw the comment indicating the XOOM and iPad were lacking the screenshot feature. I still would take a PlayBook over any other tablet 😉

  10. just so you lot know: macintosh were the first to have copy paste as keyboard shortcuts, so much for stealing

  11. NOTE: you need to make sure BlackBerry Bridge is turned off in order to take a screenshot. If you’re bridged, the screenshot won’t save.

    It’s a security precaution so you can’t take screenies of sensitive information :) Took me a while to figure out why it wasn’t working for me! :)

  12. Thanks for pointing this one out. I love all of the BlackBerry web sites, as most of us BB junkie’s do, however your site, I have come to realize, really does give a great deal of useful info and not so much “fluff”.
    Thank you.

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