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Test Of Archiving Software - Snapz Pro X

 

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Type

Name

Platform

Version

Price

URL

Remarks

Screenshot

Snapz Pro X

Mac OS X

2.0

69.00 USD

www.ambrosiasw.com-/utilities/snapzprox/

Can also be used for archiving of screenshots as well as archiving screen recordings.
A 30-day trial version can be downloaded.


Conclusion

Snapz Pro X can be used to record what is taking place in an area of the screen image, an object on the screen such as a window, or the entire screen image, as well as recording any sound occurring while recording is taking place. The programme offers s high degree of flexibility, among other things the option of choosing archiving format and quality. The archived web pages or content elements appear correctly; all types of content elements are correctly archived. A disadvantage of the programme is that it stores and compresses the recorded content elements or web pages very slowly; in one case in this test, it took approx. 45 min. to compress 15 min. of film (30 fps, 22500 KHz mono sound). New recordings cannot be made during the compression and storage process.


Recommended settings

The programme is activated (standard) by pressing (shift + apple + 3), after which 'Movies' is chosen. After choosing the desired cropping, double-click and the screenshot is archived. Press (shift + apple + 3) to finish recording.


Archiving speed

Archiving time (min)

File size (MB)

Archiving speed (MB/min)

Degree of presence required

1

11.6

696 x 448 pixels, 22050 Hz/8 bit/mono, 15 fps

High


Test details


Test date and time: Friday November 5 2004, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Tested by: Bo Hovgaard Thomasen

Tested by archiving: www.dr.dk/kroniken

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

 

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

4

--a

aa

Cascading Style Sheets

4

The archived material appears as defined in CSS.

Page composition

4

Elements are correctly positioned on all archived web pages.

Background

4

All backgrounds are archived

Pop-up-windows

4

Pop-up windows are only archived to the extent that they are present in the foreground of the screen image.

Archiving of all the desired web pages

4

The parts of a web page or pages present in the foreground of the screen image are archived. Often it is only possible to archive part of a web page.

Movement between elements in the structure

Link

0

aa

Print/writing

Textual link

0

Links not active, only while filming

Pull-down menu

0

Links not active, only while filming

Formulas such as login

0

Links not active, only while filming

Image

Animation

0

Links not active, only while filming

Graphics

0

Links not active, only while filming

Photo

0

Links not active, only while filming

Moving images

0

Links not active, only while filming

Link target

0

aa

Print/writing

Text

0

Links not active, only while filming

Image

Animation

0

Links not active, only while filming

Graphics

0

Links not active, only while filming

Photo

0

Links not active, only while filming

Moving images

0

Links not active, only while filming

Other

-

aa

Sound

a

0

Links not active, only while filming

Automation

0

aa

aa

Automatic redirection

0

Automatic redirection is not archived

Movement in elements in the structure

Automatic + inherent

4

aa

Print/writing

aa

4

Movable print/writing is archived

Image

Animation

4

Animation is archived.

Moving images

4

Moving images are archived.

Banner ads

4

Banner ads archived only as static snapshots

Sound

Background sound

4

Sound is archived

Banner ads

4

Sound is archived

Automatic + online

2

aa

Print/writing

Chat as reader

4

Print/writing is archived.

Image

Moving images

2

Moving images are archived..

Sound

aa

2

Sound is archived.

User intervention + inherent

0/4

aa

Print/writing

Archived chat

0/4

User intervention is only archived to the degree that the person recording interacts with the content elements. This interaction is present in the archived material but cannot be altered.

Mouse-over

0/4

User intervention is only archived to the degree that the person recording interacts with the content elements. This interaction is present in the archived material but cannot be altered

Quizzes

0/4

User intervention is only archived to the degree that the person recording interacts with the content elements. This interaction is present in the archived material but cannot be altered

Clickable maps

0/4

User intervention is only archived to the degree that the person recording interacts with the content elements. This interaction is present in the archived material but cannot be altered

Image

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

0/4

User intervention is only archived to the degree that the person recording interacts with the content elements. This interaction is present in the archived material but cannot be altered

Games

0/4

User intervention is only archived to the degree that the person recording interacts with the content elements. This interaction is present in the archived material but cannot be altered.

Quizzes

0/4

User intervention is only archived to the degree that the person recording interacts with the content elements. This interaction is present in the archived material but cannot be altered

Clickable maps (w. zoom or activation)

0/4

User intervention is only archived to the degree that the person recording interacts with the content elements. This interaction is present in the archived material but cannot be altered

Mouse-over

0/4

User intervention is only archived to the degree that the person recording interacts with the content elements. This interaction is present in the archived material but cannot be altered

Sound

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

0/4

User intervention is only archived to the degree that the person recording interacts with the content elements. This interaction is present in the archived material but cannot be altered

Mouse-over

0/4

User intervention is only archived to the degree that the person recording interacts with the content elements. This interaction is present in the archived material but cannot be altered.

User intervention + online

0/4

aa

Print/writing

Chat (as participant)

0/4

User intervention is only archived to the degree that the person recording interacts with the content elements. This interaction is present in the archived material but cannot be altered

Polls

0/4

User intervention is only archived to the degree that the person recording interacts with the content elements. This interaction is present in the archived material but cannot be altered

Test-yourself

0/4

User intervention is only archived to the degree that the person recording interacts with the content elements. This interaction is present in the archived material but cannot be altered

Image

Streamed images

0/4

User intervention is only archived to the degree that the person recording interacts with the content elements. This interaction is present in the archived material but cannot be altered.

Games

0/4

User intervention is only archived to the degree that the person recording interacts with the content elements. This interaction is present in the archived material but cannot be altered.

Sound

Streaming (both archived and live)

0/4

Sound is archived.

Non-movable elements

aa

4

aa

Print/writing

aa

4

All Print/writing is archived correctly

Image

aa

4

All images are archived correctly

Sound

aaa

4

Sound is 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.