Shutter – free screenshot tool

Shutter is a feature-rich, open source, screenshot application.

You 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 within one window.

There are packages available for popular Linux distributions.

Features include:

  • Take a screenshot of:
    • a specific area.
    • window.
    • the complete desktop.
    • web pages from a script.
  •  Capture all workspaces as one image.
  • Apply different effects to the screenshot.
  • Hotkeys.
  • Print.
  • Undo/Redo functionality.
  • Take screenshot directly or with a specified delay time.
  • Save the screenshots to a specified directory and name them in a convenient way (using special wild-cards).
  • Send screenshots via email or instant messenger.
  • Fully integrated into the GNOME Desktop (TrayIcon etc).
  • Generate thumbnails directly when you are taking a screenshot and set a size level in %.
  • Shutter session collection:
    • Keep track of all screenshots during session.
    • Copy screeners to clipboard.
    • Print screenshots.
    • Delete screenshots.
    • Rename your file.
  • Import images from clipboard.
  • Drag and drop pics into Shutter.
  • Upload your files directly to Image-Hosters (e.g., retrieve all the needed links and share them with others.
  • Upload plugins for Dropbox, ImageBanana, ImageShack, Imgur, ImmIO, ITmages, Minus, Omploader, ToileLibre, TwitPic, and UbuntuPics.
  • Support for Gnome-Shell.
  • Export to PostScript, PDF, SVG and a lot more formats.
  • Edit screenshots directly using the embedded drawing tool.
  • Internationalization support – wide range of languages are supported.

Support: Blog, Launchpad
Developer: Mario Kemper and Shutter Team
License: GNU GPL v3


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