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Taking Thumbnail photos of webpages with provided URL


In creating an email client, we are trying to allow users to pick and choose
their email templates and photo stocks. We thought it'd be very 2006 to show
a gallery of thumbnails. Is this a quick .NET Framework call in 2.0 or 1.1?
Here are the requirements in my mind:

* Max width and Max height configurable.
* As well rendered as possible when shrinking. Let us set quality. I'll do
the shrinking myself, that's okay.
* Allow us to set the width and height of the browser window (600 pixel, 800
pixel, 1024 pixel, etc) that we are taking a picture of. Or free flowing in
one and/or two dimensions.
* Save to disk or to byte[] stream.
* Allow us to keep or discard the window decorations (scroll bar, title bar,
menu, etc)
* Takes a URL, whatever you can put inside a web browser's URL field.

This need not be open-source, but OSS has its advantages--we can add
features not found. We are more than willing to contribute back enhancements
to the OSS community. But the license must not be viral (GPL).

If you know of a product or OSS project that accomplishes this (or almost),
please let us know. An article on how to do it would be just as helpful. We
really appreciate your help.

Best regards,
-- Li-fan
Li-fan Chen
Software analyst/developer, Entrepreneur
Markham, Ontario, Canada
Feb 17 '06 #1
1 1253
You could potentially just create a form with a webbrowser control on
it, then use any of the resources out there to take a 'screenshot' of
your form. I've used the info in this one before:

Good luck,

Feb 18 '06 #2

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