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Posted 6 Jun 2013

Virtual Screenshot Manager

, 7 Jun 2013
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Captures, searches, and manages all your screenshots in one place.


Screenshots are an important way to store important information for future reference. This is easy until the time we have a small number of screenshots. But when you have a large number of screenshots, you would probably like to manage them and find a way to search out any of your screenshots by a simple search. Virtual Screenshot Manager makes this possible.


Using the Code

We will now discuss the important part of coding . We start with the main functionality, i.e., capturing the full or cropped screen.

Dimension size = Toolkit.getDefaultToolkit().getScreenSize();
Robot robot = new Robot();
BufferedImage img = robot.createScreenCapture(new Rectangle(size));

Here we take a screenshot. The portion for which we take a screenshot will be described by the var

Now when we have made a screenshot, we save it to a predefined location.

File save_path = new File(imgPath+"1.jpg");
ImageIO.write(img, "JPG", save_path);

Now this image will be saved. When you save the next image, you update the counter so that the next one gets saved as 2.jpg.

Next, we open a popup asking to enter information about this screenshot which we may use to search the image later.

We write all screenshot information as below:

FileOutputStream fout = new FileOutputStream("ImageInfo.dat");
ObjectOutputStream oos = new ObjectOutputStream(fout);

Here, imd is an object which contains information about the cropped image. We write this inside a serialized class which we can later read to either display or search the screenshot.

Now to show images, we use:

list1 = new JLabel(new ImageIcon(Img + ".jpg"));

This will display a new screenshot. Likewise, we may show the remaining screenshots. For my software, I am numbering the screenshots.

For searching, we give a search term and use it to check the dat files.

Points of Interest

I learned how easy it is to learn NetBeans and it can do wonderful things. This is all from my side for now. Please let me have your valuable feedback.


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