The Screengrab Firefox add-on has been an absolute mainstay on all my Firefox installations ever since I learned about it. If you’re here, you know that it allowed you to very easily take a screenshot of any web page and either copy it to clipboard or save as a file. It’s much easier than right clicking on images and saving them to your computer or worse yet, trying to dig through the HTML code thanks to some Flash or jQuery slideshow obscuring the source image. All you had to do was click the Screengrab icon, drag-select the image and you were off to Photoshop!
Unfortunately, the developer Andy M ceased developing the Firefox plugin thanks in no part to Mozilla’s new rapid-release software development cycle. With so many frequent changes to the code, I suppose it wasn’t worth all the effort just to keep it up. (As a WordPress plugin developer, I can tell you that I know what he’s talking about, and in fact am guilty of the same).
In his words:
Screengrab! saves webpages as images… but not for new versions of Firefox.
FF changes too fast and I don’t have the time to maintain it anymore. Bugs have developed that I am not in a position to investigate.
Therefore, Screengrab is EOL. Sorry.
But no fear, there are two great alternative add-ons picked up by other developers that mimic the same functionality as Screengrab.
The first one is a new one called Abduction! which can do everything the old Screengrab could do. There is an option to grab the entire page or just a portion of it. Here’s a video walkthrough:
The other one is basically the spiritual successor to Screengrab, it even keeps the same icon and name. It’s called very plainly Screengrab (fix version) and it works exactly as advertised. I’ve been using this since Firefox 12.0 and have even tested it working as of Firefox 14.0.1 which was released not too long ago.
I’ve recommended it as a second alternative due to it being a little buggy. I’ve had my browser crash when grabbing screens and it looks like other users have experienced the same. At any rate, it’s a tiny tiny price to pay to be able to use one of the most indispensable Firefox plugins ever again. In fact, the graphic used in this post was made possible by this exact add-on! Let’s hope this versions stays updated for a long time.