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Test Of Archiving Software - Paparazzi!

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Type

Name

Platform

Version

Price

URL

Remarks

Individual web pages in a static state

Paparazzi!

Mac OS X

0.1.8

Free

www.derailer.org/paparazzi/

Software designed to make screenshots of web pages

 

Conclusion

Paparazzi! Is a programme that can make a screenshot of a single web page. One advantage of using this programme is that the page visually appears exactly as experienced in the browser – with the exception of dynamic elements, which are not archived by the programme. Another strong point with Paparazzi! Is that it is designed for the sole purpose of archiving individual web pages. This solves one of the problems with screenshot programmes, which is that they typically only allow for shots of windows or areas of the screen – not the whole web page. A disadvantage of the programme and screen shots/screen recording in general, is that a person must be present during the entire archiving process, as this is done manually, one web page at a time.

 

Recommended settings

Paparazzi! has only one function- to make a screen shot of a single web page, and archive the photo in the .png-format. The programme is uncomplicated and easy to use. The only setting is the width and minimum height of the photo. These values should both be set at 1 pixel, as the programme will then automatically choose the web pageís height and width.

 

Archiving speed

Archiving time (min)

File size (MB)

Archiving speed (MB/min)

Degree of presence required

Not tested

Not tested

Not tested

Not tested

 

Test details


Test date and time: Friday September 24 2004, 11 a.m. – 11,30 a.m.

Tested by: Bo Hovgaard Thomasen

Tested by archiving: : www.dr.dk/nyheder , www.dr.dk/skum

Speed test carried out by archiving : www.dr.dk/nyheder/html/nyheder/baggrund/tema2003/krise/index.jhtml

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Test results

The following have been evaluated according to the following scale for the number of archived elements: 0=none, 1=few, 2=average, 3=most, 4=all

Structure

a

3

a

a

Cascading Style Sheets

4

The archived web page follows the online web pageís CSS.

Page composition

4

All elements are correctly positioned on the archived web page

Background

4

All backgrounds are archived

Pop-up-windows

0

The programme can only archive individual pages

Archiving of all the desired web pages

-

Not relevant for this programme

Movement between elements in the structure

Link

0

aa

Print/writing

Textual link

0

Links not active, the archived material is static.

Pull-down menu

0

Links not active, the archived material is static.

Formulas such as login

0

Links not active, the archived material is static.

Image

Animation

0

Links not active, the archived material is static.

Graphics

0

Links not active, the archived material is static.

Photo

0

Links not active, the archived material is static.

Moving images

0

Links not active, the archived material is static.

Link target

0

a

Print/writing

Text

0

Links not active, the archived material is static

Image

Animation

0

Links not active, the archived material is static

Graphics

0

Links not active, the archived material is static

Photo

0

Links not active, the archived material is static

Moving images

0

Links not active, the archived material is static

Other

-

a

Sound

a

0

Links not active, the archived material is static.

Automation

0

a

aa

Automatic redirection

0

Links not active, the archived material is static.

Movement in elements in the structure

Automatic + inherent

0

a

Print/writing

aa

0

Movable print/writing archived only as snapshot

Image

Animation

0

Animation archived only as static image

Moving images

0

Moving images archived only as static image

Banner ads

0

Banner ads archived only as static image

Sound

Background sound

0

Sound not archived

Banner ads

0

Sound not archived

Automatic + online

0

aa

Print/writing

Chat as reader

0

The archived material is static. Chat can only be archived as snapshots without movement.

Image

Moving images

0

The archived material is static.

Sound

aa

0

Sound not archived.

User intervention + inherent

0

a

Print/writing

Archived chat

0

The archived material is static.

Mouse-over

0

The archived material is static.

Quizzes

0

The archived material is static.

Clickable maps

0

The archived material is static.

Image

Non-streamed image (such as slide show, clickable map)

0

The archived material is static.

Games

0

The archived material is static.

Quizzes

0

The archived material is static.

Clickable maps (w. zoom or activation)

0

The archived material is static.

Mouse-over

0

The archived material is static.

Sound

Non-streamed sound (e.g. activated in games, quizzes, etc.)

0

Sound not archived

Mouse-over

0

Sound not archived

User intervention + online

0

a

Print/writing

Chat (as participant)

0

The archived material is static.

Polls

0

The archived material is static.

Test-yourself

0

The archived material is static.

Image

Streamed images

0

The archived material is static.

Games

0

The archived material is static.

Sound

Streaming (both archived and live)

0

The archived material is static.

Non-movable elements

aa

3

aa

Print/writing

aa

4

All print/writing is archived

Image

aa

4

All images are archived

Sound

aaa

0

Sound is not archived

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The test was carried out by graduate student Bo Hovgaard Thomasen during the period from July- December 2004, and its premises and main results are explicated in the text Test of software and strategies for micro-archiving websites.

Note: We do not have the resources to offer technical support or other advice on the use of the tested archiving programme beyond what can be found on this web page.