Screen Shot App or Function for Non-Rooted Device

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  1. Antoine Wright

    Antoine Wright Neighborhood Mobilist Super Moderator

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    Hey folks;
    Expect to hear a bit more from me concerning Android since I'm getting a chance to play with a few more devices these days. One thing that's bugging me is taking screenshots. How are you all who *aren't* rooting your devices doing it? The only apps which do screens I see in the Market are for rooted devices.

    As a headsup to my impressions on things Android, check out my personal site where I did a piece on homescreen philosophies by Google and Nokia. I'm not moving from Symbian, but am taking a refreshed look at things.
     
  2. Hook

    Hook Professional Daydreamer

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    It's a bit of a pain in the behind to set up, but once you get it, it works great.

    Here are the instructions:

    How to take screenshots of your Android based phone from Windows – Simple Help

    You are essentially setting up a developers environment just so you can borrow one of their tools. :rolleyes:

    Took me a bit to suss it all, but if I can do it... ;)
     
  3. hal

    hal itchy and cold feet hal

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    The weird thing actually would be yourself proclaiming you are officially quitting experimentation and research ;)

    What's a "rooted" device, BTW? :confused:
     
  4. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    similar to jailbroken; it means the user has access to the "root" directory, and thus can do things that the normal OS wouldn't allow (especially true of the Apple OS for portable things-i)
     
  5. Hook

    Hook Professional Daydreamer

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    As Rick said. "Root" is exactly what it means in Linux-- you have superadmin permissions and can access or change anything-- including stuff you might not want to do if you actually don't know what you are doing.

    The latter is why I don't root ;)
     
  6. Antoine Wright

    Antoine Wright Neighborhood Mobilist Super Moderator

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    Rooting is good and all, but I was even hesitant to do so on my Maemo devices - if the functionality is hidden behind such a barrier, there's usually a reason why. Better to learn the mode I have, before hacking into another.

    I'll take a look at setting up a dev environment for this... I live on a mobile, this part will be a bit difficult.
     
  7. Hook

    Hook Professional Daydreamer

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    That's right, you don't use a computer. You may be out of luck. As far as I know it requires USB connection to a Windows computer. If you find a work around, please post. :)
     
  8. questionfear

    questionfear Google'd.

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    Your only other shot would be in emailing developers or manufacturers and asking for generic screenshots...or sucking up to Hook or me and asking us to do shots for you. :)

    fwiw, rooting is supposedly very easy and safe, so it may be your best option. There's even root-based screenshot utilities in the marketplace.
     
  9. Antoine Wright

    Antoine Wright Neighborhood Mobilist Super Moderator

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    @hook: uh, I do use a computer, several of them. Its just that outside of the iPad, the screen sizes are usually under 4in.

    @qf: yea, I know its safe. i might have to go the route of asking some devs for screens.

    this isnt so much an experiment as much as it is knowledge building. Personally speaking, I prefer to live with devices as much as possible, but get high level understandings when I can't so that I can see mobile from a nuanced perspective. Though I will admit, it causes me to make a lot of hard-to-understand-to-others-at-least-initially kinds of decisions.

    Thanks all for the feedback.
     
  10. Hook

    Hook Professional Daydreamer

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    Yeah, yeah, you know what I meant. My refrigerator is a computer, for that matter. :rolleyes: ;)
     
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