Here’s the tale of two Mac apps that do kinda sorta the same thing but differently.
One costs twice as much as the other. Both grab screenshots from your Mac and slice and dice them into Photoshop files for editing. One does everything on the screen. The other does only part of the screen (so they’re a bit different).
When you try either one, you’ll know if you need it.
If You Need It, You’ll Love It
These are specific needs apps. Not every Mac user has the need to use either one, but some Mac users will need both.
The first is Page Layers. What it does is quite unique. It grabs a web site’s web pages and, after a little slicing and dicing, converts them to Photoshop PSD files.
If you’re into web graphic design, Page Layers makes it easy to create site mockups. Easy?
Simply enter a site’s URL into Page Layers. What you get is a full page screenshot, but with separate, transparent layers of all the visible graphic elements on the page.
But that’s about all that Page Layers can do. You’ll know if you need it or want it. And that brings up a pet peeve of mine. There’s no try-before-you-buy option. Page Layers is Mac App Store only. While it’s not horribly expensive (because it can save you plenty of time), it’s well beyond my throw away money threshold.
If You Try Me, You’ll Love Me
On the other side of the same capture coin is Layers (not to be confused with the aforementioned Page Layers) which also captures graphics from your Mac’s screen.
All of them. Yes, all.
Every graphic image on the Mac’s screen gets captured by Layers. Menus. Palettes. Status bar. Icons. The Dock. Desktop backgrounds. Layers grabs them and stuffs all the pieces into a Photoshop file, each image into a separate layer.
For double the money of Page Layers, Layers gives you more than double the usefulness. There’s a WebShot function to capture just web pages from Safari, Firefox, Opera, WebKit, et al. The Inspector even gives you options to capture only what you need.
Layers is more expensive, yes, but can save you oodles of time with just a click. And, it’s a try-before-you-buy app that’s not available in the Mac App Store, so you can see how it works and what it does before forking over your hard earned Euros, or Dollars, or whatever you carry around.
In the end, Page Layers is OK, but limited in tricks and with an up front price tag, take it or leave it. Layers, on the other hand, has plenty of useful features which you can try first. Choice is a wonderful thing, right?