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The folks behind Pressy were only looking for $40,000 from their Kickstarter campaign, but they have made somewhat more than that. With 5 days to go, Pressy is closing in on $650,000. To give it a little more steam coming into the home stretch, the creators are offering one more stretch goal to enable long-press screenshot capture and editing.

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If you've ever wanted to mark up a screenshot, you probably had to jump into an app to do it. If Pressy hits the goal, it will get an additional feature that triggers a screenshot when long-pressed. But that's not all – you can also doodle on the screenshot without going anywhere. When the button is released, the Android sharing menu will pop up automatically. This could be a crazy-fast way to highlight something in a block of text or write yourself a note for later.

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As of this posting, the campaign is sitting at a little over $614,000, so hitting $650k in five days seems doable. Although, the developers admit they are already starting work on the screenshot functionality. If this sounds cool to you, the basic Pressy can still be had for $17, or $20 with a handy keychain holder.

[Pressy Kickstarter]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Drome

    why is that HTC One photo reversed!

    • http://farukahmet.blogspot.com farukahmet

      So that the headphone jack is on the left-hand side and closer to the viewer in perspective.

  • blahmoomoo

    Wait... isn't taking a screenshot normally a restricted action (unless you have root) for security reasons? That is, I thought the only way to take a screenshot on, say, a Nexus 4 is to hold power and volume down (or use ADB?).

    • http://www.betheunchurch.blogspot.com maisonpulaski

      No.

      • blahmoomoo

        Huh, ok. Dunno where I got that impression from.

        • PhillipCun

          been introduced since ICS 4.0

          • Nabeel Farooqui

            2.2

        • s_bomb

          I had the same impression for a while, I was out with my friend who has a stock GS4, and I was like "heeeeey look what my Nexus can do, screenshotssss!" and she promptly made me feel stupid.

    • Zaatour36

      I think with 4.X.X or 4.2.X its built-in on every Android, and just a matter of pressing the right hot-keys

      • blahmoomoo

        I meant a way for an app to take a screenshot. A user-initiated trigger is different, and I know that exists.

        • Barrett Jasper

          no its a built in feature with most phones nowadays. My note 2 and Galaxy s4 Have this feature. it will take a screenshot of whatever is on the screen.

    • Barrett Jasper

      no, not at all. Its a stock feature n jelly bean 4.1. On my note 2 all I do is rub my palm across the screen and it will take a screenshot and I am not rooted or running any custom roms

    • MyLeftNut

      Not really sure why the down vote. I think the what blahmoomoo is asking (and correct me here if I am wrong here) is whether or not a user downloaded app needs root access to take a screenshot. For example, an app taking a screenshot (without the user having to physically initiate) as part of sending out a report to tech support. He's not asking about our ability as end users to take a screenshot. Maisonpulaski gave the right answer either way. Apps can't just surreptitiously take screenshots of your phone (that would be a security issue) but they can allow you to take shots without holding down the physical keys. I've seen a few effects apps that have this ability and none have required root access.

    • http://www.betheunchurch.blogspot.com maisonpulaski

      I don't think anyone is understanding your question. I know that I didn't. So I am changing my "no" to an, "I don't actually know".

      • blahmoomoo

        MyLeftNut got it. Sounds like an app can take a screenshot... but "can't just surreptitiously take screenshots" sounds funny because I can't really think of a way to enforce that. Unless the screenshot action must be during something like a user interaction event, but surely there are ways to spoof a user action. Maybe the Play Store bouncer enforces it on the Play Store? I dunno.

  • Allwayswrite

    Doesn't every android phone north of 2.2 support a screenshot trigger? Why is this needed?

    • Zaatour36

      its customizable button, and that's just one of the functions. Watch the video from the kickstarter to know the full potential of it.

      http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/556341540/pressy-the-almighty-android-button

      • Allwayswrite

        Just checked it out...and backed it...thanks!

        • Zaatour36

          you welcome
          yeah, I think it has potential, and will make a lot it tasks faster to do

    • Primalxconvoy

      Screenshots usually need to be done via two buttons held simultaneously.

  • Hugh Johson

    I'm not exactly a master programmer but couldnt you just implement the onclick method for the phsyical button? and if you can than you would just have to allow permissions for screenshot and build a program for its use.

    • Barrett Jasper

      Its customizable.

    • Primalxconvoy

      Yes. That's what I've wanted for android for ages. The ability to use a hardware button to be mapped to certain user defined functions, without the need to faff about with additional app settings, would be great.

      Then, my smartphone would almost have the same basic functions as my old featurephones.

  • Adam Watts

    Not sure how useful this feature is.
    It's neat, but I think it has a lot more appeal to tech writers/bloggers than it does to joe public.

  • Aaron Huffman

    I already chose the kickstarter edition, I'm $35 in, I really hope more people come in and get them to $650k before it ends, that would be an amazing feature!

  • Porkchop

    So this is similar to the feature that the S-Pen has on the Note 3, right? It's in the little silly menu that pops up when you take your pen out. Cool that they're coming up with a way to do it on all devices!

    I hadn't taken a close look at this little guy, but now that I have a note 3 coming and my headphone port will be back atop the phone (for better or worse, from the GNex), I'm picking one up. Just sounds too cool for small things, like flashlight, opening a favorite app, or taking a photo, although I'd actually prefer that it work like the old dedicated camera buttons rather than as a quick photo, but that might be a possibility, too.

  • Godspoken

    I can do this on my OG Note, lol.

  • ginobili

    I thought it was an app lol

  • Bronislav Shtrom

    Will this be sold in stores? I'd pay an over inflated price just so I could go to a store instead of online. Anybody know?

  • Primalxconvoy

    My note 2 can already do this (but it saves it in a sub folder that quickpic can't access)