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Create JPG from html

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Hi,
I am after a script that will convert a webpage into a jpg.  I need it to be an online script, preferably to be run by PHP, and write the file to a directory.
If some one could give a specific and detailed way how i would be most appreciative!

Many thanks!
Pauliostro
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by:aplimedia
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Not sure you will be able to do that. The fact is that the JPG is created from the Browser, like a screen shot. The server serves code to a browser which then displays the data as a web page. There is no browser on the server... the JPG you get is a function - plugin -program which runs clientside... on the users machine, and the not the server.

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by:Pauliostro
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would a cron job help?.. some how??
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by:UnexplainedWays
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http://andy.5263.org/screengrab/

Or you can go to the FF Extentions and look for it on there website.  However reading there webpage it likes older versions of FF (pre 2 release).

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eheimer earned 500 total points
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I was able to find this Perl script for free: http://user.it.uu.se/~jan/html2ps.html which converts html to Postscript.

There is also this: http://www.guangmingsoft.net/htmlsnapshot/html2image.htm which converts html to bmp, png, and jpg.  It is free to try, $300 to buy.

The second one might be your beswt bet.  It looks like the first one would require a second step to convert the ps into jpg.
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by:aescnt
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This may or may not be what you need: maybe you can try services like webshotspro.com or websitescreenshots.com.
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by:InfoStranger
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Here is the codes for converting a file or url to jpg.

http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.imagecreatefromjpeg.php

When running the code, you need to following enclosed in <?php    ?>.
LoadJpeg(\...\???.html)
LoadJpeg(http://.../???.html)

Or something to that nature.  I don't know what you are converting.
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by:eheimer
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InfoStranger,

imagecreatefromjpeg creates an image from another image.  Although the documentation says "imagecreatefromjpeg -- Create a new image from file or URL", the URL must point to a jpg file, not an html document.
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by:InfoStranger
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Ooops...  Thanks.   It was pretty late.
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by:eheimer
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Well, I'll plead my case for the sole recipient (no offense to the other experts).  The question clearly asked for a script such as PHP which is presumeably to be run server-side.  My answer is the only one that conformed to that requirement.
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by:aescnt
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I've no objections to eheimer's plea. InfoStranger's suggestion was off (it was about loading a jpeg file for use in PHP), UnexplainedWays's suggestion was a Firefox extension, and mine was admitedly not a solution but more of a tip.
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