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I have noticed that many people use images in their Ask Ubuntu answers. What software are people using?

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I disagree with the duplicate action. The other question is more general, not only screenshots releated. And this one is also more specific to AskUbuntu with question regarding how to publish them. Which is not covered in the other question. – Huygens Oct 12 '10 at 20:54
for questions specific to AskUbuntu (Like where to host and upload images) please ask on AskUbuntu Meta – Marco Ceppi Oct 12 '10 at 20:55
@Marco, can you move it to the Meta? Or is it better to close it here and reopen it there? – Huygens Oct 12 '10 at 20:58
The question was modified to make it acceptable for general use here. I'll leave it for @RunningUtes (or another user) to ask the Meta – Marco Ceppi Oct 12 '10 at 21:09
You may also be interested in this question: – dv3500ea Oct 12 '10 at 21:09

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I am using Shutter Download Shutter.

If you don't find it, you can check the detailed installation instructions which will give you a PPA for it.

It's a really handy screen capture application with easy to use plug-ins to give a nice touch to your screenshot and as many other to easily share the files.

It offers in-house image editing and special effects (via plug-ins) to enhance the quality of your screenshot. You can access this options via the menu (1), or the toolbar (2).

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The effects here are all done with Shutter (Plug-in Reflexion and Edit auto-increment shape).

And then to publish them, I just right click in Shutter and choose Export (3). Then I publish it via Ubuntu One. I go to the directory where I published the file, right click on it and select Copy Ubuntu One public URL.

Finally here when I comment, I click on img in the small tool bar and select From the web and paste the link that was copied in the previous step.

It's easy and fully integrated.

For those on 10.04, check that you have all shutter dependencies. As you might miss some of the plug-ins. For user on Ubuntu 10.10, this should be fixed.

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Thanks Huygens. This is great. I use Gnome Screenshot right now. I was also interested in options for taking screenshot besides using them in AskUbuntu. – RunningUtes Oct 12 '10 at 21:34
Thanks Marco, I was just browsing though the Meta questions to see how you do for the APT links. I would also be interested for the style of the keyboard shortcuts. I did not find yet the question, keeping on searching. – Huygens Oct 12 '10 at 21:35
@Huygens Still working on that - in the mean time it's hard-coding them :P – Marco Ceppi Oct 12 '10 at 21:41
Thanks again Marco, I got a bit into trouble with this merge conflict ;-) – Huygens Oct 12 '10 at 21:42

GNOME Screenshot Download Gnome Screenshot

I find the GNOME screenshot tool to be the most effective of all. And it is installed by default!

My favorite is the use of shortcuts to quickly generate images. For example - Print Screen which takes the entire desktop and Alt+Print Screen for the current focused window.

Furthermore the interface is extremely simple and powerful for such a small tool.

Screenshot showing Gnome Screenshot interface

It provides nearly the same functionality as the Snipping Tool in Windows via the Select area to grab option, but you can also make a screenshot of a window without the window frame and shadow.

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This screenshot is exemplary of the reason I prefer not to use Gnome Screenshot – I have yet to figure out how to get it to include the window borders. – ændrük Oct 12 '10 at 23:52
I believe it's an issue with Compiz - not sure though. – Marco Ceppi Oct 13 '10 at 0:34
@Marius Shutter takes screenshot with Window Borders, in presence of Compiz – LFC_fan Oct 24 '10 at 12:50
Incidentally Alt-PrintScreen is also used by the kernel (and is known as Magic SysRq). Depending on your kernel version it may not be passed to the screenshot tool. – Marius Gedminas Oct 28 '10 at 12:33
@Piskvor: that's an interesting statement, but my experiments show it is not true. Either of the Alt keys are treated as the magic SysRq here. – Marius Gedminas Dec 30 '10 at 21:25

Screencloud Install screencloud

There is a new kid on the block of screenshot utilities: screencloud

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It's a pretty cool tool, available in the Ubuntu Software Center (at least on Ubuntu 12.04). Install via the software center

It has many nice features to easily share the screenshots via the Internet, hence its name.

  • Upload the screenshot to screencloud. The link is automatically pasted to your clipboard;
  • You can use an FTP or SFTP own server for this kind of sharing
  • It's multi-platform.
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I recommend using scrot as it is easy to use and, unlike import, it supports transparency.

To install:

sudo apt-get install scrot

To capture a screen area:

scrot -s /tmp/foo.png
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scrot rocks! I had the problem that ImageMagick's import command takes bad screenshot when running Compiz. scrot doesn't. – Peter V. Mørch Mar 12 '13 at 23:46

I use GNOME Screenshot, but for the sake of the reference and for all the old timers you can use xwd from the command line:

For a screenshot of your entire screen:

xwd -root | convert xwd:- out.png
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I use GIMP. It has a nice tool which allows you to pause (to move it out of the way) and to select just a portion of the window. Usually I crop or edit a screenshot after taking it, so I want to be in GIMP anyway.

GIMP 2.8.10 on Ubuntu

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This wouldn't be my first choice , but with the way Ubuntu handles the ALT key only fullscreen screenshots allow for scenarios like taking a screenshot of a drop down on a web page . GIMP's screenshot timeout feature makes that possible ...then you've got the rest of GIMP to modify the image if needed . – nomad311 Jan 19 at 20:43

On Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), simply press Shift+PrntScr.

It is confirmed in KeyboardShortcuts.

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There is also Nanoshot - more simple than Shutter.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nanoshot/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nanoshot
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GNOME Screenshot does the job fine for me, but there is also ImageMagick for CLI-oriented folks:

import screenshot.png
import -window root screenshot.jpg

But, same as xwd, it will not work well with Compiz.

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Funny story: almost every time you write a Python script, forget to start it with #!/usr/bin/python, chmod +x and run it, you end up taking screenshots of random windows and writing them to files called 'os' and 'sys' in the current working directory, thanks to this. – Marius Gedminas Oct 15 '10 at 0:54

It is simpler with the Compiz plugin called screenshot.

Open the CompizConfig Setting Manager, search for the screenshot plugin, and activate it.

To use it, hold down the windows key (super key), click and drag the screen that you want to grab, release, and KAZAM, your screenshot on the desktop.

For a video and tutorial, see Shawn Powers' LinuxJournal article Quick Compiz Screenshots.

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There is ksnapshot from KDE. Well, to me, this one is the winner because you can select whether you want a screenshot of a specific window, whether you want to have the mouse cursor visible and so on.

Moreover, it should not be forgotten that gnome-screenshot requires lots of "alien" components to be installed. So if you don't have said components installed, gnome-screenshot will bail out with the following ugly error message (under Ubuntu and its "remixes"):

** Message: Unable to use GNOME Shell's built-in screenshot interface, resorting to fallback X11.
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ksnapshot also has a a very nice "Send To" feature that opens the captured screenshot directly in various applications such as GIMP or other image viewers. That doesn't seem to be present in most of the other programs listed here. – Jonathan Wakely Feb 4 '14 at 10:34

I use 5CM Uploader.
It has built-in editor and can upload screenshots to the image hosting.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:luza-mbox/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install 5up

Click on icon or press Ctrl+Print Screen for taking screenshot.

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Is the app itself Russian too? – Seth Nov 5 '13 at 17:55
It has both russian and english UI. – user1783151 Nov 6 '13 at 6:32

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