Screenshotator runs Internet Explorer inside

Feed Viewer wants to deliver best visual experience. Finding dominant image on the page is not an easy task. Sometimes even the best approach fails. Mostly in case when article you want read does not contain any images. When this occurs, the screenshot of the whole page is taken and pasted as a representative image. This cannot be done by Feed Viewer browser because it is text based. Screenshot is taken by other widely used browser instead. We have started with Firefox, later switched to Chrome and finally discovered that Internet Explorer perfectly fits our needs. Using IE for taking screenshots in virtual machine is a little bit tricky and takes more time to implement, but once runs, it runs forever. Previous Firefox or Chrome based solutions were unstable due to frequent breaking changes in browser updates. Internet Explorer based solution enables upgrading to latest version with minimal effort.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014