The drawing mode provided by zoomit is wonderful during a presentation. Is there any software on Ubuntu that provides the same functionality?


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You might want to give Gromit-MPX (which I authored) a try:

Gromit-MPX is an on-screen annotation tool that works with any Unix desktop environment under X11 as well as Wayland.

It's hotkey-based so there are no widgets in your way. Also, you can configure colors, mouse button mappings and hotkeys. No zooming though, only annotations. Go here for details.

You can install it through Flathub.


If you have Ubuntu, you should have compiz, so use compizconfig-settings-manager to turn on some plugins. This manager is in software-center with plugins too. When you will have some problems with crashing of compiz because your testing, install fusion-icon to quick reloading it.

compizconfig-settings-manager can be launched by command ccsm.

Annotate (under Extras): Drawing on the screen.


Enhanced Zoom Desktop (under accessibility): Does that zoom.


Set-up shortcut as you like and enjoy. :)

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    But beware: Compiz is not as stable as it was in 2010, since Unity required a lot of changes, and the Unity developers didn't care about any Compiz functionality apart from those features required by Unity itself. Expect crashes. Expect inability to log into the Unity session. Expect that you'll have to reset the Unity configuration to default values (in other words: deleting the Compiz configuration files).
    – soulsource
    May 13, 2014 at 10:36

Check out "Shutter". It's in the repos. It's basically a screenshot tool that lets you draw on the image with a built in tool, upload them directly to various sites, etc.

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    this doesn't sound like zoomit ?
    – tristan
    May 14, 2014 at 5:00

You can try flameshot, it is not what you expect, it just a screenshot utility with a nice bunch of drawing stuff.


In Linux Mint KDE there are:

Meta= to magnify
Meta- to reduce magnification
Meta0 to go back to normal

They are under KWin shortcuts in settings.

I understand that is no ZoomIt, but I haven't found anything close. Most software is just a window showing a magnification which is quite useless during presentations.

I understand that it's not Ubuntu either but, it's close and maybe Ubuntu has similar settings.

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