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Auto screenshot on Windows

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I recently migrated my desktop back to Windows, and while I’m at work I need to have regular screenshots of my monitor, for investigation and other purposes. I easily found a solution to record desktop activity by making regular screenshots on Ubuntu, and I thought that Windows solutions will be even more. It turned out to be the opposite — they were all either paid or not working/lacking features.

Here is how “Auto Screen Capture FV” was born. Two screenshots of the interface follow:

It has the following features:

  • Runs on Windows
  • Free as speech; open-source, developed with Microsoft Visual C# 2010 Express
  • Captures a screenshot automatically without disrupting user activity
  • Saves the snapshot images as compressed JPEG files, in order to save disk space
  • The destination directory where the images are saved is selected by the user
  • Rotates too old image files by deleting them, in order to save disk space
  • All settings are permanently saved in the registry, so next program starts remember what you configured
  • Auto screen capture can be easily temporarily suspended
  • Program can run in background; it minimizes to system tray

Old image files are actually moved to “Recycle bin” by default, in order to be on the safe side — if we have a bug, no files are lost. Auto Screen Capture FV has been tested on Windows 7.

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Author: Ivan Zahariev

An experienced Linux & IT enthusiast, Engineer by heart, Systems architect & developer.

7 thoughts on “Auto screenshot on Windows

  1. Hey man good job there, while I have some suggestions:
    why interval must be >10, I went straight to set it 1 and didn’t work. I think it can be cached to RAM first so small interval will work great.

    • Thanks. It doesn’t let you set the interval smaller than 10 seconds intentionally. I couldn’t think of a use-case where someone wants to take a screenshot every second, and furthermore this will fill up the disk quickly.

      Please explain your usage scenario. I can rebuild the application then and remove this limitation, while substituting it with a warning.

  2. Thanks you saved my day! I was searching for a simple tool like this.

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