February 7, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
A picture is worth a thousand words. That’s a well known saying. And in Android, pictures are used to show your home screen, developments in progress, or simply demonstrate an error. The ability to take screenshots was implemented into stock Android a long time ago, but grabbing a screenshot while in recovery is still quite problematic. You can try to use the monitor tool from Android SDK, but it doesn’t always work right.
Luckily, there is a workaround for almost every issue, and XDA is a great place to find the answer. XDA Forum Member makers_mark created a tool to grab snapshots from recovery and Aroma installer. This tool uses FFmpeg for screen capture without frame buffer problems. And except the required ADB and FFmpeg libraries, a batch script takes care of all the magic.
This tool should work with all recoveries, so you can easily show off your TWRP themes or fix problems with your updater-script. The only disadvantage of this tool is that it only works with Windows. And of course, to run it properly, your phone needs to have ADB enabled.
You can find more information about this tool by visiting the original thread. So if you want to make a screenshot while in recovery, give this tool a shot.
December 2, 2013 By: Tomek Kondrat
Home screen customization is quite important to many users. Most of us like to keep our screens aesthetic. And from time to time, we want to share the look with our friends in real life or here on XDA.
Unfortunately some ROMs don’t offer screenshot functionality, so the Android-SDK must be used. It’s very inconvenient to download a big package just to make a few screenshots via ddms. XDA Senior Moderator and Recognized Developer Diamondback created a Windows tool, named Advanced Screenshot Creator (ASC), to ease the process of creating screenshots. In addition to its main feature of creating an image of the visible portion of the screen via a custom ADB implementation, ASC can automatically save all screenshots to a user-specified folder and let you manage the already taken screenshots.
The Advanced Screenshot Creator was originally a part of Virtuous Ten Studio, a powerful IDE for reverse engineering on Android. ASC is the second feature, which was released as a standalone application after Advanced Logcat Viewer. There are still more to follow.
If you a Windows user and looking for an advanced utility to manage screenshots, head over to the original thread and give Advanced Screenshot Creator or Virtuous Ten Studio a try.