How to Take Screenshots of Blackberry Screen- A Complete Guide

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There are many instances where you feel a need to capture actual screenshot of your BlackBerry device. For example, you may want to capture screenshot of highest score you just made while playing tetris so that you can share it with your friends or if you need to send a screenshot of your Blackberry problem to your Blackberry administrator. Even many bloggers use screenshots to review applications, some people share Blackberry themes via email and other developers wanting to show their application to consumers online. There are many such endless examples.

 

Following are the methods using which you can capture screenshots of your Blackberry Mobile for free. The article also tells you about step by step process to take the screenshots.

 

JL_Cmder (Official Tool)

JavaLoader Commander is a command line tool provided by BlackBerry. The java utility can be used to easily display Device Info, event log, take a screenshot, wipe the handheld or reset it to factory conditions.

Requirement - Blackberry 0.S. 4.0.2 or higher

Usage Instructions

  1. Connect your BlackBerry to your computer using USB cable. Make sure that you have already installed BlackBerry Desktop Manager or BlackBerry USB and Modem Drivers. If not, download them from BlackBerry website. Follow the complete guide on BBGeeks about how to install the BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
  2. Download JL_Cmder from BlackBerry Forums.
  3. Extract or unzip the executable file on your computer drive.
  4. Now, double-click on executable file to install it. You will notice an icon on your desktop – Double left click it to run the program, make sure your BlackBerry device is connected properly via USB cable to your computer.
  5. First screen of JavaLoader Commander will prompt you to press any key to continue.
  6. If you lock your BlackBerry with a password then enter the password and press ‘Y’ else press ‘N’ to continue.
  7. You will notice screen. Press ‘3’ for taking screenshot. Before pressing ‘3’, make sure to navigate to the screen for which you want to take the screenshot.
  8. Enter the name for the screenshot file and hit enter. Your screenshot will open up in MS Paint.
  9. By Default the file is stored in BMP format. You can choose to save in any other format in MS Paint.

BB Screenshooter (Easy to Navigate)

This is a GUI application created by Oppitronic for capturing static screenshots of BlackBerry device which is much easier to navigate than the JL_Cmder as discussed above. With BB Screenshooter you can capture screenshots of anything that is currently visible on your BlackBerry Display and later save it in jpeg, png or bmp file format which was not possible in BlackBerry’s official tool JL_Cmder.

Requirement - Blackberry 0.S. 4.0.2 or higher

Usage Instructions

  1. Connect your BlackBerry to your computer using USB cable. Make sure that you have already installed BlackBerry Desktop Manager or BlackBerry USB and Modem Drivers. If not, download them from BlackBerry website. Follow the complete guide on BBGeeks about how to install the BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
  2. BBScreenShooter require the file javaloader.exe from RIM in order to function. It needs either to be in the same folder as the tool or a pop-up window will ask for the path to javaloader.exe. Download Javaloader.exe
  3. Now download the BBscreenshoter.exe file in the same folder where you have downloaded javaloader in second step.
  4. Double click the executable file to launch BBScreenshooter. Set the filename and location for the screenshot that you will be going to take.
  5. You may set the frame size also around the screenshot. If you do not wish to make frame or border then simple drag the slider to value ‘0’. Specific color can also be set for frame.
  6. On the display you will notice the “[Take Screenshot]” button. Click on this button to take a screenshot of your current BlackBerry display.

Visit Oppitronic or bbgeeks for more details on BBScreenShooter.

BB ScreenStream (perfect for demos)

BBScreenStream is an advanced version of the BBScreenShooter as discussed above. With this application, you can create a series of screen captures of your BlackBerry device in avi file format.

Requirement – Blackberry 0.S. 4.0.2 or higher

Usage Instructions

  1. Connect your BlackBerry to your computer using USB cable. Make sure that you have already installed BlackBerry Desktop Manager or BlackBerry USB and Modem Drivers. If not, download them from BlackBerry website. Follow the complete guide on BBGeeks about how to install the BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
  2. BBScreenStream requires file javaloader.exe in order to function. It needs either to be in the same folder as the tool or a pop-up window will ask for the path to javaloader.exe. Download Javaloader.exe
  3. Now download the BBScreenStream.exe file in the same folder where you have downloaded javaloader in second step.
  4. Double click the executable file to launch BBScreenStream.
  5. You will notice a slider at bottom. It basically determines the interval between then screen shots. If you adjust it to 2 seconds then for every two seconds screenshot will be captured. You can adjust the capture speed with the slider (slow ~2s, normal ~1s, fast ~0.5s)
  6. Press the [Play/Stop] button to start or stop capturing the screenshot.

    Visit Oppitronic or bbgeeks for more details on BBScreenShooter.

CaptureIT (USB Cable not required)

With this tool you need no to connect your BlackBerry device to the computer for capturing screenshots. The screenshots are saved as a jpeg image file directly to your BlackBerry’s media folder.

Requirement - Blackberry 0.S. 4.0.2 or higher

Usage Instructions

1.       Open m.thetechmogul.com  or CaptureIT OTA (over the air) in your BlackBerry browser and install it as you would any other BlackBerry app.

2.       This will add a “Capture It” option to your BlackBerry menu. Do not Click to open it else you will end up taking the screenshot of application menu your BlackBerry device.

3.       Navigate to Options -> Screen/Keyboard and scroll down to assign a convenience key to the Capture It application.

4.       Exit out of the ‘Options’ menu and now you are ready to capture

 

Visit thetechmogul for more details on CaptureIt.

SnapScreen (Mac OS Users)

If you are a Mac OS user then you must use SnapScreen. With this application you need not to connect your BlackBerry to the computer. Just install the application on your Blackberry. The images can be saved in JPG, PNG or BMP file formats. This is a commercial tool with trial. You can use the app for 3 days or for 30 screenshots. The tool is available for US$6 only on bbgeeks store.

Requirement – Blackberry 0.S. 4.2.2 or higher.

Visit berryreview for more information on SnapScreen.

Bbscreen

Use BBscreen to capture screenshots for documentation purposes from a live BlackBerry, Give it to your help desk who can send it to end-users to capture screenshots of error messages.

 

  1. BBscreen.exe extracts three files to a temp directory BBscreen.bat, JavaLoader.exe and choice.com
  2. It is launched from the temp directory. If desired you can enter the device password.
  3. Captured screenshot gets saved to the desktop. The file name will have the following format: BBscreen-%UserID%-%Picture#%.bmp.

Download BBscreen from blackberryforums.

 

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