ASC Is A Better Alternative To Using Android SDK’s DDMS For Screenshots

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Long gone are the days when taking screenshots on Android required you to use a root-only app on your device, or DDMS on your computer, as the OS started shipping with a built-in screenshot feature since ICS. However, there are still situations where it’s more convenient to just take screenshots of your device directly on your computer, for instance when you are writing a blog post on an app involving many screenshots, or snapping shots of an app that you’re developing. Many of us still use DDMS or Android Device Monitor for the purpose, both of which come as a part of the Android SDK. While they work fine, there is still room for improvement. To care to that, XDA Recognized Developer Diamondback has come up with Advanced Screenshot Creator – a portable tool that makes the process of taking screenshots of your Android phone or tablet from your computer a breeze. Let’s see it in action after the jump.

One of the best things about Advanced Screenshot Creator is that it doesn’t require you to have the full SDK installed to run; it comes with all the required files already packaged, and all that’s left for you to do is extract its downloaded archive, launch the tool from the extracted files, and start taking screenshots. It automatically detects any devices connected to the computer with USB debugging enabled, and you can switch between connected devices under the Devices section in the bottom part of the left pane.

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Before you start taking screenshots, it’ll be a good idea to specify a folder of your choice where they will be saved, using the button at the top-right. Next, just click Take new screenshot’, and the current screen of your device will be captured instantly, and saved to your specified location. And in case you couldn’t capture the precise moment, you can always select a screenshot from the list and hit ‘Replace selected screenshot’ to capture a new one and automatically replace the selected one in one go. Lastly, you can also delete any of the captured screenshots directly from the app by selecting it and clicking the ‘Delete selected screenshot’ button.

While the tool is running, it also keeps a log window open that can be useful for debugging purposes.

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In short, Advanced Screenshot Creator is simple, minimal, and works like a charm for capturing and managing screenshots of your Android device from your computer. You can download it from XDA-Developers via the following link.

Download Advanced Screenshot Creator

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  • Nice!

    A similar app that’s been around a long time is…

    No Root Screenshot IT
    SEE | http://bit.ly/1ck0l7f

    …which, sadly, isn’t free (though there’s a free trial). No Root Screenshot It also requires an app on the phone as well as on the Windows PC; so this ASC “which seems only to require the app on the Windows PC) is pretty darned nice, by comparison…

    …not to mention that it’s free. Again, nice!

    For a long time, this badboy…

    Screenshot UX (not free)
    SEE | http://bit.ly/GVoPTa

    …was just about the best plain ol’ screenshot maker (without connecting to a PC)… especially on Android OS 2.3x Gingerbread phones. Starting with 4.x ICS, though, it started to get weird… worked sometimes, not others; and eventually became abandonware (though if you still have an OS 2.3x phone, who knows, it may still work perfectly… on older OS phones, too (though, again, not free).

    And there are a handful of other screenshot apps out there which somehow worked well when nearly none others did… still do, most of ’em… though, sadly, most of them also not free.

    So, then, this one, for free, and not requiring anything be installed on the phone, is cool!

    Thanks, Addictive Tips, for the tip!

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    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

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  • yochanan

    Sounds like a neat tool, but if you just want to access your screenshot
    you just took on your Android device quickly on your PC, just use
    Dropbox. I take a screenshot on my phone & Dropbox automatically
    uploads it in the blink of an eye. Literally. I barely take the
    screenshot & I get a System Tray notification that it’s already
    uploaded. Badda-bing, badda-boom.

    Note: This does require Dropbox to be installed on your PC & Android device, but it’s the best cloud storage app there is. Box might give you more storage & Google Drive might have tighter integration on your device, but feature-wise Dropbox tops them all.