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h1. qTip
h1. The Online Website Screenshot Generator “webthumbnail"

Possible solution: qTip
- qTip is a tooltip plugin for the jQuery framework. It's cross-browser, customizable and packed full of features - support web preview
- Documentation: [http://craigsworks.com/projects/qtip/docs/]
- API Reference: [http://craigsworks.com/projects/qtip/docs/api/]
- Demo: [http://craigsworks.com/projects/qtip/demos/content/thumbnail]
- Pricing: free
- Simple for use, async
Offers a simple to use API for generating website screenshots on demand.

Vlado questions:
- it says "qTip1 will soon be obsolete, see qTip2"
- the previews at the demo page say "Websnapr". So what are the limitations of that service?
- is there a comparison of such services?
- try to answer all "Questions about the service", esp.
performance and stability
does it handle JS and Flash sites
- How does it work
You simply type an url address of a webpage, and server is adding this address to the queue. On the other side there is a cloud of robots, each robot is taking addresses from the queue and makes screenshots, which are being uploaded later on. The number of robots can be increased simply by adding new nodes.

h1. The new qTip 2
- Pros
-- makes screenshots from 70x70 up to 2048x4096 pixels;
-- uses real web browsers (firefox, opera, chrome);
-- saves to three image formats (png, jpg, gif);
-- supports flash and html5;
-- offers simple [http://www.webthumbnail.org] based on url parameters;
-- can serve even 500 ready thumbnails per second;
-- the infrastructure is fully scallable so if you need dozens of thumbnails per minute its possible;
-- performance and stability is good consider other web preview services and components that they support;
-- free of pricing;

They add a lot of changes in the functionality
- free plugin for jQuery JavaScript framework;
- the api is simple for use and async;
- does not support js and flash;
- performance: there are some problems with IE, but with others browsers is fast;
- stability: there are functionality moving and rewrite from qTip1 to qTip2, it’s not stable;
- Cons
-- There is slightly delay from about 30 to 60 seconds by loading the website preview image;
-- There is no good documentation;

qTip2 support Websnapr(online service for web preview)
- snap impressions per month - 100 000
- available snapshot sizes - Micro (90x70) Small (202x152)
- caching period of snapshots - 30 days
- Syntax

h1. The Online Website Screenshot Generator “webthumbnail"
{code:title=invoke syntax|borderStyle=solid}
http://api.webthumbnail.org/?width=...&height=...&format=...&browser=...&url=...
{code}

- makes screenshots from 70x70 up to 2048x4096 pixels;
- uses real web browsers (firefox, opera, chrome);
- saves to three image formats (png, jpg, gif);
- supports flash and html5;
- offers simple [http://www.webthumbnail.org] based on url parameters;
- can serve even 500 ready thumbnails per second;
- the infrastructure is fully scallable so if you need dozens of thumbnails per minute its possible;
- performance and stability is good consider other web preview services and components that they support
- free Parameters
-- *width* \- the width of a thumbnail in pixels, values from 70 up to 2048;
-- *height* \- the height of a thumbnail in pixels, values from 70 up to 4096;
-- *format* \- output image format, possible values: png, jpg, gif;
-- *browser* \- type of a browser, possible values: chrome, firefox, opera;
-- *url* \- the url address to capture with "http://" prefix;

How does it work:
You simply type an url address of a webpage, and server is adding this address to the queue. On the other side there is a cloud of robots, each robot is taking addresses from the queue and makes screenshots, which are being uploaded later on. The number of robots can be increased simply by adding new nodes.
- Example
{code:title=access the service|borderStyle=solid}
<img src="http://api.webthumbnail.org?width=512&height=384&format=png&browser=firefox&url=http://webthumbnail.org" alt="Captured by webthumbnail.org" />
{code}

h1. qTip2
Invoke:
<img src="http://api.webthumbnail.org?width=512&height=384&format=png&browser=firefox&url=http://webthumbnail.org" alt="Captured by webthumbnail.org" />
qTip is a tooltip plugin for the jQuery framework. It's cross-browser, customizable and packed full of features - support web preview.

- Pros
-- the api is simple for use;
-- asynchronous;
-- no pricing;

- Cons
-- does not support js and flash;
-- performance -- there are some problems with IE;
-- stability -- functionality moving and rewrite from qTip to qTip2 -- it’s not stable;
-- support Websnapr( online service for web preview) -- it’s too limited;
--- *Websnapr service details*
---- snap impressions per month - 100 000;
---- available snapshot sizes - Micro (90x70) Small (202x152);
---- caching period of snapshots - 30 days;

Documentation: [http://craigsworks.com/projects/qtip2/docs/]
Demos: [http://craigsworks.com/projects/qtip2/demos/]
API Reference: [http://craigsworks.com/projects/qtip2/docs/api/]

h1. qTip1
{warning:title=Warning}
The older version which is obsolete \!
{warning}

Vlado questions:
- it says "qTip1 will soon be obsolete, see qTip2"
- the previews at the demo page say "Websnapr". So what are the limitations of that service?
- is there a comparison of such services?
- try to answer all "Questions about the service", esp.
-- performance and stability
-- does it handle JS and Flash sites