Screen Shot’s” associated with the windows keyboard “Print Screen” function key, have been and still being utilized heavily to report error’s occurring on the client side with the application. And clients not sending/capturing the screen state at the time of errors lead to difficulty reproducing the issue within the development arena in order to resolve the same.

Thus to simplify a similar situation, I thought it would be great if the screen shot could be captured at the time of error occurring (error handling “catch” block) and sent across to server and saved as an image without client going through the pain of capturing, saving, attaching and send via portal tickets/email.

Below is a small POC demonstration with the help of a JavaScript library and custom PHP code customization to achieve the similar.

The functionality above illustrated, will allow you to capture the screen shot of the current spreadsheet in Jedox, (but the widget area will remain blank as the JavaScript API excludes the iframe html components to render in the the screen capture image). But this technique is not restricted to Jedox it can be part of any large scale application which is custom HTML written.

With this interesting technique I would only like to highlight the dangers of the same, as it can be wrongly used to target the client side confidential information, so please beware !!! (Mischievous intent people shoo!!! away)

The process above illustrated is a two step process, in which the first step source target area screen shot is captured via “html2canvas.js” and converted and appended to he body of the code base as html “Canvas” element, which is then picked up by next JavaScript code blocks and sent to the server as raw blob content where it is saved back as a “PNG” file on the server.

Sample Code:


<p>Screen Shot Widget</p>
<input type="button" value="Capture Screenshot" onclick="takeScreenShot();">
<input type="button" value="Post Screenshot" onclick="postImage();">
<script src="/pr/custom/html2canvas.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
 function takeScreenShot(){
 html2canvas(window.parent.document.body, {
 onrendered: function(canvas) {
 var cand = document.getElementsByTagName('canvas');
 if(cand[0] === undefined || cand[0] === null){


 function postImage(){
 var cand = document.getElementsByTagName('canvas');
 var canvasData = cand[0].toDataURL("image/png");
 var ajax = new XMLHttpRequest();"POST",'/pr/custom/testSave.php',false);
 ajax.setRequestHeader('Content-Type', 'application/upload');
 ajax.send(canvasData );






// Get the data

// Remove the headers (data:,) part.
// A real application should use them according to needs such as to check image type
$filteredData=substr($imageData, strpos($imageData, ",")+1);

// Need to decode before saving since the data we received is already base64 encoded

//echo "unencodedData".$unencodedData;

// Save file. This example uses a hard coded filename for testing,
// but a real application can specify filename in POST variable
$fp = fopen( 'test.png', 'wb' );
fwrite( $fp, $unencodedData);
fclose( $fp );

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