The web is a massive repertoire of information and classifying it for oneself is practically impossible. The very process of capturing, organizing and retrieving stuff from the Internet is a daunting task, but there are ways to do this right. The easiest way of capturing web pages is by taking a screenshot of the entire page; top to bottom. The icing on the cake would be an efficient way of managing them, post-capture. In this post, we’re going to explore how simple it is to do so using Voila Screen Capture tool for Mac.
Broadly speaking, there are 3 ways of capturing web pages. You can use Voila’s own browser to capture, open an active web page from your favorite browser in Voila or instantly capture a web page that’s open on another browser like Safari, Firefox or Chrome. You may also choose to capture only select parts of the site. Let’s dig deeper to see how capturing web pages is child’s play.
First up is ‘Snap from Voila Browser’. This option opens up Voila’s in-built browser, where you can then enter the site’s URL. The address bar also acts as a Google search bar, so you can enter your search query directly into it.
Secondly, Voila has the ‘Open Current URL in Voila’ feature that loads whatever URL is currently active on your other browser that is open. The third method is ‘Snap Active Browser URL’, which automatically loads and captures the active URL from your browser that is active.
The steps involved in capturing web pages are almost the same. Once Voila is open, click the ‘Web’ option that you see on the main Voila toolbar. For the ‘Snap from Voila Browser’ and ‘Open Current URL in Voila’ feature, follow these steps:
- If you’ve chosen the ‘Snap from Voila Browser’ option, enter the desired URL into the address bar. You can also search using the Google search option that is integrated within the address bar itself.
- For ‘Open Current URL in Voila’, the app should automatically load the URL that is active on your other browser like Safari, Firefox or Chrome.
- You now have the freedom to save the entire page or just parts of it. From the capture options next to the address bar, select the ‘Camera’ icon to snap the entire page.
- You may also select the ‘Spotted Rectangle’ icon to select a desired part. You can also scroll up or down the page to capture parts.
- To capture DOM elements (Menu buttons etc.), click on the ‘Square’ icon.
- Finally, download the web page in the form of a PDF by selecting the ‘PDF’ icon situated next to it.
The ‘Snap Active Browser URL’ option saves the entire web page that is open on your active browser in one go. This is a godsend if you’ve got loads of web pages to capture as Voila does all the hard work for you.
After capture, press the ‘Done’ button to get back to the main Voila window. The best part about Voila is that it is equally adept at organizing and managing your captures. The app also has ‘Smart Collections’ folders that you can customize and rename. The default folders themselves are exhaustive and cover a variety of capture occasions. You may also use Voila’s extensive image editing capabilities that include loads of ‘Tools’ and ‘Effects’ to get the most out of your captured web pages.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Voila yet, you’re missing out! Head to the website to learn more about it and to experience a free, no-commitment trial. Voila is also on the Mac App Store for you to enjoy. Should you want to reach us, we’re on Twitter and Facebook. Happy Capturing!