How to take screen shots of the iPhone
intel Mac & PPC
Erica Sadun over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog wrote a nice program for capturing the screen of the
iPhone. This is great for those of us who mod our iPhones, so we can now show off our work instead
of having to settle for not so great snap shots of our iPhone in less than ideal lighting
conditions. You can read her article here.
I will be using Fugu to upload the files in this tutorial. These instructions can be applied to any files you want to add to your
iPhone, provided you already have SSH installed. If you have not installed BSD Subsystem, OpenSSH, or BossPrefs (via the Installer) or used
Fugu before, then you must read this tutorial first.
Step 1. Download the screenshot program here.
On your iPhone, press Home, "Settings", "General", "Auto-Lock", then select "Never". This
will keep the iPhone from disconnecting the SSH connection while working on this install.
Start Fugu. Navigate to where screenshot is on your computer on the left side. Then navigate to /usr/bin
on the right side.
Drag the screenshot file to the /bin folder. Now that the program is installed, it needs to have its
permissions set so that it is executable (i.e. it will "run"). Right click screenshot and select "Get Info".
Make sure you see the number 0755 in the "Octal Mode Representation" box. Click "Apply", if you had to change it, and close the window.
To take a screen shot, you need to open the Terminal on your Mac (it is in the Applications, Utilities folder).
Login in to the iPhone via SSH: ssh -l root (YOUR IP), enter your password and type: cd /bin
Then press enter. Type: screenshot Then press enter.
The pictures are stored in .png format in the /tmp directory. They don't get saved incremently,
they will continue to overwrite the previous file, so you'll need to save them right away. You can
either just drag them out of the program onto the desktop or copy them to the left side.
Here's the final product.