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Wuonm, the guys behind Layersapp, are located in beautiful city of Madrid, Spain. It is privately funded Spanish company founded in the year 2006. With a lot of concentration on the Mac and iPhone platforms, Wuonm is formed by knowledgeable and skilled people who are devoted to programming and have enthusiasm to produce innovative and distinctive applications. With layers they have again come up with something which is unique and one of its kinds.

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Layers has the ability to capture each window, each palette, each menu, each menu and status bar icon, each icon on the Desktop, and including the Dock and the Desktop background for each of the connected displays which would be saved as a separate, editable layer in the resultant Photoshop image file. Capture a snapshot at the press of a keyboard shortcut and further customizing it using Inspector.

WebShot

In Layers 1.1 one can simply capture complete webpages from Safari, Firefox, Webkit, Camino or even Opera. The resultant image is exactly similar to what one sees on the browser with every pixel being same.

Inspector

When a user wants to easily customize the capture made by him then, Layer Inspector helps in customizing the capture according to their needs.

Fine tuning

In the Inspector feature of the software, there are some options available to modify the resulting image. One could easily toggle between outline and table view according to their needs.

Multidisplay

Once there are multiple displays which are attached then one can be able to select every one of them separately or any combination of them.

Layer groups

PSD layers are usually grouped by window nature: Desktop (with Finder icons), Dock, Main Menu and Applications, overlays, pop-ups, floating windows, and others.

The new addition in Layers 1.1: enable/disable groups to make best use of PSD compatibility (i.e. Photoshop Elements)

Status bar menu

A user can access a multipurpose menu by using the icon in the status bar. From it one can capture the whole screen or just the front most window. They can in addition open the inspector or even quit the application.

Image formats

The latest addition in Layers 1.1 is that one can easily save their capture as layered PSD image, composite PNG/TIFF or Bunch of Images.

Preferences

The user has to open the preferences window (Shift-⌥-,) to modify Layers. Allocate the preferred hotkey combinations; manage your license, etc. Also in Layers 1.1 one can choose default image kind and format.

In many of the existing apps the technical solution provided is to copy from the browser the web page URL one is at present visiting. Having that URL in place, the capture application exemplifies another browser —generally WebKit, in the Mac world— within the app itself, fetch again the page contents from the internet, and lastly renders an image from the output of that internal browser. A user doesn’t get an image from Safari or Firefox web page, but all in all different version of the same web address.

Layers approach is essentially diverse. Layers is basically a screenshot app, and the app leverages that aptitude to capture the web page directly from the screen, using the representation already in place at the browser. That is, the image generated is precisely, pixel-wise, as one sees it in the screen at the time of the capture.

Layer’s solution is comparable to easy image stitching, the method used to produce panorama images from diverse shots. Layers captures a number of images from the screen with the parts of the webpage and then sew them jointly to obtain the ultimate result.

Layers WebShot is quick since it doesn’t reload the page and the capture and stitching process is very quick. It is in addition precise because it captures the image right from the browser itself. If the page renders different in every browser, one can find those differences in the shots.

The official list of browsers which is compatible with Layers are:

* Safari 3 and 4, Firefox 3.0 and 3.5+, Google Chrome, WebKit r4185 or better, Opera 9.5+ and 10, Camino 2.0 and Flock 2.5

The off-screen basics are not captured in any manner, since there’s just not much data to capture. This preference generally appears in the Inspector window just as a reference for your information. Switching it on/off just affects what’s displayed in the window list.

Filter the screen essentials to show/hide desktop items including wallpaper or Finder icons. It is very useful, if a person has got their desktop full of icons.

This option just affects the resultant captured representation if there’s something chosen in the window list. The resultant image will have proportions attuned to the windows bounds if the switch is on. And If it’s off, the image would have the complete display(s) dimensions.

When it is turned on, the window-like elements i.e. not icons or status bar items would be captured with its shadow. This means, the equivalent PSD layer has the window correctly and its shadow. If you switch it off, the resultant image will have just the element shadow.

If the screen item has an opacity below one in all or part of it which is usually, the shadow zone, or in the case of HUD windows, like Twitterrific, all of its content, with this button you can select if Layers will respect the opacity settings, or would it capture all the window contents and frame completely opaque.

Final Thoughts

In all it is a very useful application and its features are simple and easy to use. Layers has the tremendous ability to capture each window, each palette, each menu, each menu and status bar icon, each icon on the Desktop. It can also capture the Dock and the Desktop background for each of the connected displays which would be saved as a separate, editable layer in the resultant Photoshop image file.