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May 16, 2018
We designed Browshot and Thumbalizr to be very easy to try out. You can create a free account and try some screenshots without verifying your e-mail address. You can even make a screenshot without registering at all. We had some abuses in the past but they did not impact the service. Since free users and paying customers use different browsers, they affected only other free users who had to wait longer for their screenshot to finish. But recently, we had to deal with a different type of abuse.
We have disabled the fake accounts and strengthen our registration process and demos to avoid further abuses. We did this without making it harder for legitimate users to test out Browshot or Thumbalizr.
May 10, 2018
We have updated the API to version 1.20. We've changed what information is displayed for each level of details and introduced details=0. With details=0, you get most of the information from details=1 but 10 times faster! This make a big difference for API calls that return information about multiple screenshots, such as screenshot/list and screenshot/search. This is now default value for screenshot/create, screenshot/info, screenshot/list and screenshot/search.
Go take a look at the API documentation page, we have highlighted the changes there.
May 7, 2018
Use web hooks to be notified when a screenshot is done. We have added a new parameter to the screenshot/create API call. You can specify a URL, the web hook, to send notifications to.
When a screenshot is done (status: finished or error), Browshot will send a POST request to your URL. The body of the request contains the JSON data describing the screenshot as returned by the API call screenshot/info. If the URL does not return the status code 20X or times out, the notification will be retried up to 2 times.
Test your URL
You can test your URL by sending a POST request like this:
curl -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
Mar 18, 2018
We have upgraded Chrome to version 65, the lastest version from Google at this time.
Feb 1, 2018
We have scheduled an upgrade of the Browshot database on Friday February 9th, 2018 at 8:30pm PST until 09:30pm PST and Saturday February 10th, 2018 at 8:30pm PST. We expect 5 to 10 minutes of down time during these two windows. All schedule maintenance windows with down time are listed in advance on our status page.
We will be migrating our database to a new server. Most of our service update are now seamless. The last scheduled own time was actually 3 years ago, for another database upgrade.
We will post updates on this post during the maintenance window.
- 8:30pm PST: migration has started
- 8:35pm PST: all servers are being migrated to the new database server
- 8:50pm PST: all servers are using the new database server
- 8:51pm PST: the database server has been restarted
- 8:58pm PST: the database server is online
- 9:30pm PST: website and API have been fully tested, the migration has been succesfull