Screenshot and Draw Android App Review
Jul 16, 2012 2:18 PM –
Screenshot and Draw is an app to help you take screenshots on your Android device from virtually any screen, app or game you may be in, plus you can opt to draw on top of the picture after a snap.
Price: Free Trial, $1.99
Tested on: Nexus One, Xperia Ion, HTC One X, HTC Desire HD, Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S3
Pros & Cons:
- Screenshot with or without root (with setup of batch file from computer)!
- Very cumbersome and can get technical to get properly working (for non-rooted folks).
- Issues with working on many devices (not just ours but many in the Google Play Store too).
- Forces close under multiple stitch shot.
- Useless for folks for with Android 4 or higher.
- Requires an SD card to work.
I could remember when taking screenshots on Android required you to download the Android developers SDK and tether via USB. I could remember at the inception of this wonderful site, we were the only resource that offered as many screenshots with our app reviews as it took to give you a try it before you buy it experience, back when Google allowed developers only 2 pictures in the Android Market, and we still post many to this day. Fast forward to the rapid evolution of Android apps and you’ll find plenty of apps that allow you to take screenshots on your device without tethering, we introduce Screenshot and Draw.
As mentioned the app intends to allow you to grab a screenshot on your Android device then immediately shows you options to crop, share, draw lines & shapes, write text, and draw free-hand text atop the picture. There are many options to control line thickness, color, position, determine whether to save as a JPG or higher quality PNG, set the screenshot countdown timer, take a screen from the top notification bar, shake to screenshot, and if your phone has a dedicated camera button- use it to snag the screenshot. Another feature allows you to stitch a a set of screenshots together (i.e. if you wanted to capture all 5+ panels on your home screen), however, we got constant force closures with this method so couldn’t see it in action.
I think we just got Alpha tested…
We wanted to love this app as it is an essential need for our daily writing lives, but Screenshot and Draw is plagued with issues; from not being compatible to nearly all but one of the devices listed above (it worked on the Xperia Ion but the image was scrambled and unusable), constant force closures on multiple shot & stitch mode, the need to run a batch file on PC/Linux (each time you restart the phone), useless for folks with Android 4 and higher as you can screenshot very easily with a few buttons on the phone; it’s just too frustrating to recommend.
Screenshot and Draw Testing 1
Screenshot and Draw Testing 2
Screenshot and Draw Testing 3
Screenshot and Draw Multiple Shots
Screenshot and Draw Active
Screenshot and Draw Not Active
Screenshot and Draw Capture Games
Screenshot and Draw Bad Scrambled Picture from Xperia Ion
We bounced this one around several phones in the office and between several writers to only be able to get it to work on my rooted Nexus One, running a version of Cyanogenmod Android 2.3.7. We’ve seen similar complaints of many in the Google Play Store; either that it simply doesn’t work or you get “Screenshot failed” error. This would be a useful app for app developers or those in the press & media, running Android 3 and lower, but right now it’s completely useless until it’s overhauled.
Ease of Use:
Screenshot and Draw loses in this department if you’re not rooted, as you have to plug in your device via USB, download and run a batch file at least one. If you’re rooted, you should be fine, however, you’ll find better apps that can take screenshots in the Market.
On the device that it worked on, I found the interface a bit quirky and needed some work as well. It’s a bit convoluted in how you navigate from the draw screen and main options toolbars.
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