Shutter: Feature-rich Screenshot App for Ubuntu


Shutter is a free & open-source feature-rich screenshot program which has been licensed under GPL v3. It allows user to capture almost everything. It can take a screenshot of a specific area, window, your whole screen, or even of a website – apply different effects to it, draw on it to highlight points, and then upload to an image hosting site, all in one window. Isn’t it awesome ?

Lets take a look at the Features :-

1)Capturing the Desktop :-

  1. Capture a Specific Area:  Select any region of the screen and capture only those parts you really need.
  2. Capture a Window: Simply use your mouse to select the window you want to capture.
  3. Capture the Desktop: It does not only capture all the contents of your desktop, it also supports Multi-monitor settings.
  4. Capture a Website: Shutter uses gnome-web-photo to capture a website without opening a browser window.
  5. Capture a Menu or Tooltip: Capturing menus or tooltips is very easy with Shutter. You select one of the options and a (user-defined) countdown starts. During this time you can open the desired menu or let a specific tooltip come up. Shutter will recognize and capture it. This one is my favourite :)

2)Editing the Screenshots :-

  1. Add Text, Arrows, Rectangles, Ellipses: The built-in editor allows you to add primitives (e.g. rectangles, lines etc.), arrows or text to your screenshot.
  2. Cropping: The built-in editor also includes a tool to crop your screenshot.
  3. Auto-Increment Shape:  Shutter offers a specific auto-increment shape that can be added to the screenshot.
  4. Censor/Pixelize to Hide Private Data: Shutter gives you simple but effective tools to hide this data like IP or e-Mail addresses.

3)Share your Creativity :

  1. Share it: Shutter has a built-in function to upload your screenshot with nice link-formatting so you can post the generated link directly in the forum, website, wiki etc.
  2. The Ubuntu Cloud: The latest version of Shutter supports Ubuntu One as well.

4)Plugins :-

Shutter ships with a great variety of plugins that allow you to add impressive effects to your screenshots. Take a look here.

Download :- Shutter 0.86.4

Installation :-

1. Add a PPA to your system – Open a terminal and type:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shutter/ppa

2. Update the System Package list so that it loads all the packages all over again including the Shutter PPA:

sudo apt-get update

3. Install Shutter now :

sudo apt-get install shutter

It’s done. Access Shutter from Application>Accessories>Shutter.

Now, capturing anything on your computer is just a matter of few clicks. Let your creativity fly!

Shutter at Work :- Take a look at a few screenshots taken using Shutter.

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Njoy !!!


About Cell aka Abhishek

A Technology Fanatic, Open-source lover, a future Entrepreneur, & an Innovative thinker, is presently working as a R&D Engineer in the Wind Turbine Industry.