The maim & slop combo has been my favourite screen capture tool on Ubuntu for quite sometime. However, I love improvisation and was looking for a screenshot tool that can also capture a freehand area on the screen by tracking the mouse movement. Shutter is a nice tool but it doesn’t have this particular feature. My search ended with a much more powerful tool – HotShots. It is written in Qt.
- Grab current screen, all monitors (for multi-monitor setup), current window or a part of the desktop.
- Capture a freehand drawn region of the screen.
- Capture window with or without decoration.
- Capture with custom delay.
- Keep or hide mouse cursor.
- Copy snapshot to clipboard.
- Save the screenshot in multiple formats (PNG, JPG, BMP …).
- Automatically save the screenshot to clipboard, disk.
- Automatically scale the screenshot to a given size.
- Use system shortcuts to take a screenshot.
- In-built editor.
- Add automatically some “post-effects” to the screenshot (drop shadow, rotation, border …).
- Add annotation items (text, arrows, rectangle …) to the snapshot.
- Minimize to system tray
- Export edited image in multiple formats (PNG, JPG, BMP …).
- Send image directly to printer or to web service.
- Available for Linux and Windows.
To install HotShots on Ubuntu:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dhor/myway $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install hotshots