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Compare page2images vs. shrinktheweb vs. URL2PNG

Background

Website screenshot API service means who provide API can convert one URL to image. For example, there is a live screenshot provide by page2images of google. It is an automatically generated image. It will be refreshed every month. (Of cause, you can add some code in the URL in case you need refresh it everyday or everyweek.)

Although you can use some opensource project like cutycapt, slimerjs or PhantomJs to build your own website screenshot application. It will take you a lot of time to fix the bugs of them, install flash plug-in, setup environment,  install fonts, build application and handle the concurrency problem. It will be a smart idea to use an API to speed up. In the world, there are 3 major commercial website screenshot API providers who are serious on this business and providing stable and good service. They are: Page2Images, ShrinkTheWeb, URL2PNG. We do not think a free service will fit your commercial level requirement since they are free and not stable. However, we list them here for your convenience: web-capture, capturefullpage, browsershots. There are also some other website screenshot API provider in the world. But we think they are not serious on their business and not stable. Let us also list them here for your convenience: pagepeeker, screenshotmachine…

Anyway, let us talk about the top 3 here.

Comparison

Today (2014-06-16), let us compare the price and other features of them.

Price

If you save $10 per month, it means $100 per year. Remember that, if you provide a backlink to page2images, they will double your credits.

Unique URL Per 30 days
Page2Images (best)
URL2PNG Shrinktheweb
10,000 $10 $67 ($200 per 30,000 calls) $60 (You need pay for some extra features.)
50,000 $25 ($29.99 per 60,000 urls) N/A $85
1,000,000 $199 N/A $1,000

Performance

How many time it will take to performance 1K unique URLs. We used the top 1,000 websites of Alexa as sample.

Unique URL Page2Images URL2PNG Shrinktheweb (best)
1K 274 seconds N/A 311 seconds

HTML5

How many HTML5 tags has been supported in embed browsers. We used http://html5test.com as tool.

Page2Images URL2PNG (best)
Shrinktheweb
410 456 424

Main Core Engine

What is the version of their core engine of browsers.

Page2Images (best)
URL2PNG
Shrinktheweb
QTWebkit & Firefox Chrome Firefox

Conclusion

As you can see, page2images is the winner on the price and performance. And it is a little bit slower on HTML5. But I still think it is valuable to you to choose page2images.

Page2Images: A Masterpiece for Website Screenshot Capture

New Screen Capture Records by Page2Images: Only 280 Seconds (less than 5 minutes) for 1,000 website snapshots with a high success rate at 99.99%. Chinese Edition Coming Soon in 2014!

website-screenshot-apiPage2Images has seen its user number soaring everyday since it was launched for trial operation in September 2013. Its Application Program Interface (API) has already been called by users around the world for more than 10M times, while the number is still growing exponentially. Users’ high recognition to Page2Images stems from the product’s fastest speed in batch website screenshot and highest success rate in the industry, as well as its near-to-free price and excellent user experience.

As a professional product for specialized purpose, Page2Images is designed for companies (clients) engaged in online yellow papers, website building and web-related information search. The utility enables users to snap a webpage and present it in their own platform or system by calling the API. Tens of thousands of calls are usually needed in such tasks, but with Page2Images it only takes 1-2 seconds to snap a whole page.

Page2Images has stunned a lot of professionals in the field of batch screenshots around the world ever since its English version was launched. The product has been flattered and recommended by some professional forums and big guys in the IT industry. Mobile Emulator, one of the tools coming with the Page2Images, is also welcomed with hundreds of calls per day. This tool is really unique because it’s the only mobile phone screen emulator in the world, and yes, it is for free. An interesting thing about Page2Images is that few users have noticed that this product was developed by a team from China. It’s made in China!

During the trial operation for the last two months, our Page2Images team has developed a series of free tools available on the platform: Mobile Emulator, Batch Url to Image Converter and Free Mobile OK Check, all of which are useful and practical tools for screenshots. Meanwhile, we have made breakthroughs in batch screenshots by reducing the time needed for capturing 1,000 images to 1,500 seconds (25 minutes). On the other side, the failure rate has also been decreased to 1/1,000 to ensure the high stability.

Page2Images Chinese Edition Coming Soon in 2014!

Free tools to generate website screenshots and check mobile friendly

It will just take you 1 minute to read this article. I am 95% sure you will find it is very valuable. They are totally new tools in the world. Let me give a basic introduction here. Hope it is helpful to understand what we do and save your time. Thanks in advanced.

Website screenshot API

Link: http://www.page2images.com

100 times per day for free user. No size or other limitations. I see there are a list here http://www.webresourcesdepot.com/10-free-website-thumbnail-generation-services/ . We are providing very similar service as them. But the UI is more friendly and we support mobile devices by nature.

website-screenshot-api

Free batch URLs to image converter

Link: http://www.page2images.com/free_convert_website_url_to_images_in_batch

If you have 1,000 website pages need to be reviewed, how to do it quickly? Here is the one click solution. This tool allow you input at most 2,000 url and get all of the screenshot. Very useful.

Screenshot

batch-url-to-image-converter-1

Results

batch-url-to-image-converter-result

Free mobile emulator

Link: http://www.page2images.com/free_online_mobile_phone_emulator

With screenshot technology, we developed a free tool which can help user know how their websites will looks like on iPhone/Android/Window Phone/iPad/Android Pad.

Screenshot:

mobile-emulator

Free mobile OK Checker

Link: http://www.page2images.com/mobile_ok_checker

How to check whether your mobile website is mobile friendly? This tool is very accurate. It do support JS redirect (the only one support it in the world). For example, www.insequent.com will display the mobile content on mobile device by JS as same as dudamobile.com. The 3WC mobile OK checker does not think those websites are mobile friendly. But our checker will smartly follow the js redirection code and make the right evaluation.

Screenshot:

free-mobile-ok-checker

Free batch mobile OK checker

Link: http://www.page2images.com/batch_mobile_checker

If you have 100 websites need to check the mobile friendly, you can use this tool to speed up. You can check 2000 websites in 10 minutes.

Screenshot:

batch-mobile-ok-checker

Result:

batch-mobile-ok-checker-result

Other trusted refer domain of us – it is risk free to add us into your website:

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/cool-websites-tools-find-phone-peepers-convert-websites-to-images-make-recurring-web-orders/

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/cool-websites-tools-supercharge-your-gmail-digital-attack-map-a-mobile-emulator/

http://topics.jp.msn.com/wadai/lifehacker/column.aspx?articleid=2568253  < Japan MSN

http://www.lifehacker.jp/2013/12/131212page2images.html

http://www.programmableweb.com/mashup/mobile-emulator

http://wordpress.org/plugins/easy-smart-phone-tablet-desktop-website-thumbnail-preview/