Few days ago, I wrote about the various ways that I used to capture screenshots on my Ubuntu machine. In the comments, Imd mentioned about Gscrot being a great alternative screen capture tool. After checking it out, I must admit that it is by far the best screen capture software that I have seen in Linux platform.
GScrot is a GTK+ 2.0 screenshot application written in perl. It covers all features of common command line tools like scrot or import and adds reasonable new features combined with a comfortable GUI using the GTK+ 2.0 framework.
To install Gscrot in Ubuntu Intrepid:
gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
Add the following line to the end of the file.
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gscrot/ubuntu intrepid main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/gscrot/ubuntu intrepid main
Save and close the file. Back to your terminal,
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gscrot
Gscrot is now known as Shutter.
To install Shutter on your Ubuntu Intrepid
First add the PPA’s key to your system
wget -q http://shutter-project.org/shutter-ppa.key -O- | sudo apt-key add -
Open the apt sources.list file.
gksu gedit /etc/sources.list
Add the following repository to the end of the file. Save and close the file.
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/shutter/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/shutter/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main
Update and install the application
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install shutter
Open Gscrot (Application -> Accessories -> Gscrot – Screenshot Tool).
There are several options that you can use to take screenshots: Selection, Full Screen, Window, Section and Web.
The Selection button allows you to capture a selected region of the screen. There are two modes for region selection – Simple and Advanced. The Simple mode is just like the Compiz way where you drag the crosshair cursor across the region that you want to capture. In the Advanced mode, a lightbox canvas will first load up. You can then define, move, resize the region that you want to capture. When you are done, simply press Enter to capture the region.
The Fullscreen button is to take a quick snapshot of the full screen
The Window button allows you to take a screenshot of any active or sub-window.
The Section button allow you to select a section within the window.
The Web button is an interesting one. You enter the URL of the site and get Gscrot to retrieve the full screenshot of the site. No browser required.
Full screenshot of Make Tech Easier
The best of Gscrot comes after you have taken the screenshot. There are various effects (also known as pulgins) that you can use to enhance your screenshot.
The result after applying Raise border and Jigsaw piece 1 plugins
There is also a draw function where you can add drawing or annotation to the images.
After reading the review and seeing the screenshot, are you excited? I am not sure about you, but I am definitely impress by Gscrot. If you are looking for a standalone screen capture app, I strongly recommend Gscrot.