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Desktop Spy Camera

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Limited on features, Desktop Spy Camera only captures screenshots, and it lacks organizational skills. The program's interface is nothing fancy, though it is easy enough to operate. You can set image capturing to begin at system start or seconds after start-up. The same goes for stopping the screen-capture logging. Setting it to record shots in timed intervals and to a specified destination directory took no time. Desktop Spy Camera saves captured images in both JPEG or BMP formats, and we like how it easily converts screenshots into AVI format for video-like presentation.

However, we don't like that the images aren't categorized according to date and time. They are compiled in sequential order, however, but that still makes for a lengthy viewing session. We also missed a start button to begin capturing at the times of your choosing. You'll have to restart the system to begin, although it does let you pause, resume, and stop using predefined hot keys. Unfortunately, Desktop Spy Camera doesn't have any other monitoring features such as keyloggers or program logging. While it doesn't go that extra mile, this freeware program maneuvers well for users who want to use screenshots to keep an eye on their machine.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Too simply a software, but does its job"

    March 2, 2010  |   By jkhemani

    Version: Desktop Spy Camera 1.1

    Pros

    Small in size. Free. Doesn't consume too much memory or processing power.

    Cons

    Doesn't store the user settings. Can easily be stopped via task manager - good only when monitoring not-so-advanced users. Doesn't label the files by date. Overwrites the files when run again (in case of saving files in the same folder)

    Summary

    It is very basic software with no or little development. It did the trick I required while being free - just the kind I was looking for instead of the more complicated paid monitoring softwares (which captures a million entries, messages, images, logs, etc). This software is not for those looking for a proper network monitoring type of spyware, but more for personal use to monitor the screenshots when someone else uses it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Fantastic Program!"

    August 20, 2009  |   By foundthisone

    Version: Desktop Spy Camera 1.1

    Pros

    Just what I was looking for

    Cons

    User Interface could have been made easier, more accesible

    Summary

    1. To start the program. . .you have to open the program using the name "desktopspycamera.exe" located in the "DesktopSpyCamera.zip" folder.

    2. Configure the settings to your specs

    3. Do not forget to configure it to save the screenshots to the folder of your choosing

    4. Select "Done" *The program begins recording

    5. Hotkey Functions:

    Ctrl + Alt + P = Pause (this option works together only with the "resume" options
    Ctrl + Alt + R = Resumes the recording to your configurations
    Ctrl + Alt + S = Stops the program completely. After choosing this option, you will have to repeat steps 1-4 to restart

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Little support"

    November 5, 2008  |   By iammarq

    Version: Desktop Spy Camera 1.1

    Pros

    Great idea

    Cons

    company website does not exist. Very little instruction on how to use the program. Could not find program once installed to change settings. Could not find to uninstall. Deleted program folder and performed sys restore.

    Summary

    Hope to see changes made to this in the future. I would like to see this work.

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