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Test of Archiving Software - SnagIt

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Type

Name

Platform

Version

Price

URL

Remarks

Individual web page in static form

SnagIt

Windows

7.1.2

39.95 EUR

www.techsmith.com products/snagit/

As well as archiving single pages, SnagIt can be used for screenshots and screen recordings .

 

Conclusion

SnagIt can make a screenshot of an individual web page so that the archived version visually appears the same as when seen on the browser ñ except that the archived web page is static. A disadvantage of the programme, and screenshots/screen recording in general, is that a person must be present during the entire archiving process, as this takes place manually, one web page at a time. A further disadvantage is the absence of sound, video and other dynamics in the archived material. One great advantage to the programme is that it can be integrated with the Internet Explorer 6.0 browser, making archiving of a web page very simple.

 

Recommended settings

Archiving is done by finding the desired web page in the browser, after which SnagIt is started (tip: keyboard shortcuts can be defined). Choose archiving profile (Capture Profile) 'A Scrolling Window', and press  'Capture'. The browser window to be archived can now be chosen, after which the archived photo of the web page is saved.

 

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: Tuesday October 19 2004, 1 p.m. – 1,30 p.m.

Tested by: Bo Hovgaard Thomasen

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

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

aa

3

aa

aa

Cascading Style Sheets

4

The archived material follows the 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 single 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

aa

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

-

aa

Sound

a

0

Links not active, the archived material is static

Automation

0

aa

aaa

Automatic redirection

0

Links not active, the archived material is static

Movement in elements in the structure

Automatic + inherent

0

aaa

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

aaa

Print/writing

Chat as reader

0

The archived material is static. Chat can only be archived as a snapshot, with no motion.

Image

Moving images

0

The archived material is static.

Sound

aa

0

Sound not archived

User intervention + inherent

0

aaa

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.

Lyd

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

0

Sound is not archived

Mouse-over

0

Lyd arkiveres ikke

User intervention + online

0

aa

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.