Samsung Galaxy tab screen capture .
I already wrote a short article on how to take screen shots using your galaxy tab. That is one of the easiest method for screen capture. However it was not fitting my requirement. I would like to take lots of screen shots and post it to my blog while writing reviews for android apps. But if I was using the above method, I had to either transfer the captured screenshot to my computer or publish the blog from my android device itself. Both were cumbersome and I hate that.
I did some research and found that there is a better way to capture screen shot directly from your computer when your Samsung galaxy tab is connected to your computer via USB. I faced a few obstacles while implementing this so I thought of writing an article on the same and hopefully some will benefit from it. While solving my issue, I also solved the another puzzle regarding “USB drivers for samsung galaxy tab”. I will explain that in another tutorial. So, without further delay, here is what you need to do. Step by step.
Step 1. Activate USB debugging on your galaxy tab
The first step is to activate USB debugging on your galaxy tab. In order to do this, go to SETTINGS ==> APPLICATIONS ==> DEVELOPMENT ==> USB DEBUGGING.
Select USB debugging. Bear in mind that your device should NOT be connected to the computer when selecting this option. Otherwise it wont work.
Step 2. Download the android SDK to your computer
In order to capture screenshots, you need to download the android SDK (Software development kit) from android’s official website. Don’t worry, you will not have to do any coding or technical stuff. Unzip it to a easy to use location. There will be various folders in there, but we will have to concentrate on the tools sub folder.
Step 3. Connect your Galaxy tab to the computer
Using the USB connecter, connect your galaxy tab to the computer (Make sure USB debugging is turned on before this). If your computer identifies the device and automatically install the device driver, then you are golden. You can proceed to step 5 directly. If it fails to install the device driver, go to step 4.
Step 4. Install the Samsung Galaxy tab USB drivers.
But for me(Windows Vista) it did not detect any device drivers. Pointing to the android SDK folder to search for device drivers also did not work for me. This was the error message details I was getting.
Windows detected a new device attached to your computer, but could not find the driver software it needs to make the device usable. Each device manufacturer typically includes driver software of a CD that comes with the device, or as a download from its website. The hardware ID of your device is USB\VID_04E8&PID_681C&REV_0400.
Problem Event Name: PnPDriverNotFound
Hardware Id: USB\VID_04E8&PID_681C&REV_0400
OS Version: 6.0.6002.2.2.0.768.3
Locale ID: 1033
So I searched for the Galaxy tab USB drivers and found it here. Download and double click the exe to install the drivers. If your Galaxy tab is already connected to your comp, the Windows will automatically start installing the device drivers (USB driver). If not, unplug your USB and plug it back again. If asked for the USB driver folder, point to the “Samsung” folder in your program files (or wherever you chose to install it). You should be ready with your device drivers by now.
Step 5. Start the DDMS for SDK.
Here is the last step. You need to go to the android SDK folder which you just downloaded. Browse to the tools subfolder. For me, it was in ANDROID-SDK-WINDOWS ==> TOOLS. Inside the tools folder search for a file called “ddms.bat“. Double click the file and wait for a minute. If you followed all the procedures which I described above, you will see your device listed in the Dalvik Debug Monitor. See the screen shot below.
Step 6. Take screen shots of your galaxy tab screen fro your computer
You are all set. In the menu, go to DEVICE ==> SCREEN CAPTURE or simply press Ctrl+S. Your current galaxy tab screen will be displayed and now you can take screenshots, save, rotate or whatever you want to do.
A couple of things more about taking screenshots on galaxy tab
- The original purpose of this tool is for capturing screen shots which will aid the developers and programmers while debugging their android applications. So you might not see all the features of your regular screen capturing tool.
- I could not figure out a way to display screen shot in vertical position by default. I have to rotate it each time. It would be nice if someone could come up with a trick to do that.
- The galaxy tab screenshots taken by this method are saved as PNG files.
- I have reduced the size of some of the screenshots shown in this article to reduce delay in page loading. The screen shots taken by this method are top quality.
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