I have come upon an interesting idea while working on something quite unrelated:
An addon for Kodi that can display a webpage as a PNG.
I am still letting the idea form properly, but the general concept is that there is an addon (or widget in the home window) that, when activated, grabs a webpage, renders it in memory, and converts it to a PNG to be displayed on-screen.
The web page would be constructed using the resolution of your screen (or skin), so it would fit perfectly horizontally on-screen.The user would be able to scroll up or down, and maybe cycle through pages by going left or right.
No need to exit to a browser just to check one page (like a blog you frequent often, or a reddit page like “todayilearned”, or just the first page of a new site).
Of course, you couldnt interact with the page, as it is just a picture. But sometimes all that is needed is a click and scroll.
It would require installation of a number of packages, so would only work in OSMC (rather than any Kodi install).
Edit: I know there is a webpage viewer addon in Kodi, but that just extracts the text from a webpage.
Edit2: Also, this would not be included in OSMC itself (there’s little point in that) but added on by the user.
Edit3: No matter what, I will be providing a guide to show how you can set up regular webpage snapshots via OSMC.