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Ever wanted to take those cool screenshots of windows and cursors and annotate them but didn’t want to shell out money to buy screenshot utilities like SnagIt? Well then you should try the following:

On Windows – Bug Shooting

The name might sound weird but it was developed as a utility for software testers to find bugs and report them along with the screenshots.

Bug Shooting offers you all the features you can want to get the perfect screenshots for your projects, reports and blogs. With Bug shooting you can capture the entire screen, a section of the screen, a window, capture with delay and so on.

After screen capture you can edit the screenshot (viz crop, rotate etc), annotate the screen shot with basic shapes and text and save it in the format of your choice all from within Bug Shooting.

Since it was originally designed for software testers and for reporting bugs, Bug Shooting thus offers you the ability to upload the screenshots to the right from within Bug Shooting.

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Bug shooting requires the .NET framework 2.0

On Linux – Gscrot

I had been looking for an application to take and manage screenshots for the Linux desktop for quite some time. I found one recently. Its called gscrot (as in Gnome ScreenShot I believe). You might have to do some work to install gscrot as its available in the ppa.

    First off you will have to edit the sources.list file in the /etc/apt directory. Use the following commands

    sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list
    (you can use gui editor if you prefer)

    Now add this line to the file:

    deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gscrot/ubuntu hardy main

    Save the file and exit.
    Now give the following commands at the terminal

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install gscrot

That’s pretty much it, you will have gscrot installed and ready for use.

Gscrot also offers a multitude of features. Apart from presenting you with options to capture fullscreen or a particular windows, it also offers web capture, which allows you to take a screenshot of any web page.

For the purpose of post processing Gscrot offers a number of plugins that can be used to add some effects.

Gscrot also offers the provision to upload the screenshots to a hosting site.

On Mac – Skitch

Well to be honest, I am yet to use a Mac (it’s not very popular here in India). However reading Make Use Of has made me remember some of the great applications and Skitch is one of them. So I would like to point our Mac readers to Jackson’s article about Skitch Capture Edit & Share Your Screenshots With Skitch [Mac Only] Capture Edit & Share Your Screenshots With Skitch [Mac Only] Read More .

Do you have any other favourite screenshot applications?

  1. Saul
    December 3, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Great article, gscrot is now named Shutter: http://shutter-project.org/

  2. Aibek
    September 8, 2008 at 3:50 pm
  3. Rarst
    September 7, 2008 at 7:34 am

    I use old freeware version of FastStone Capture. Portable, easy to use and some useful settings like screenshot output.

  4. Binny V A
    September 7, 2008 at 12:25 am

    I prefer using KSnapShot in Linux.

  5. Varun Kashyap
    September 7, 2008 at 1:10 am

    Hitting printscreen and pasting in an image editor works fine, most of the times but if you are working on a project and need to take say 50 screenshots then you need to put in some management. Here in come these programs. They allow you to directly upload your screenshots to an image hosting site,allow you to manage multiple screenshots from within the same window (you dont have to worry to paste a screenshot and then take the next shot from the fear of the next shot overwriting the previous one on the clipboard.), apply effects etc all from within the same program

    @ mackenzie
    For other distros you can download the tar at the Gscrot Team PPA launchpad.net/~gscrot/+archive, extract and check debian/control for dependencies, then execute ./gscrot.pl

  6. jke
    September 6, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Errr....I always only use the PRINT button on my keyboard and then
    a) WinXP: paste it into any image editor
    b) Ubuntu: automatically save it on the desktop.

    Simple as that :-)

    • Blake Elias
      September 6, 2008 at 7:54 pm

      I agree with you there, most screenshot needs are simple enough to just get the whole screen with print key or only the active window with alt+print keys. In Ubuntu, I find that the print key won't work if I'm taking the screenshot with a right click menu open. If I want that menu in my screenshot, then I use gnome-screenshot with a delay of a few seconds.

  7. Mackenzie Morgan
    September 6, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    There actually is a default GNOME app called gnome-screenshot capable of doing time delays, some border effects, and fullscreen or window only. Combine that with Compiz's ability to screenshot specific areas, and nothing extra is really needed.

    And um, you may want to clarify that /etc/apt/sources.list is only what you edit on Debian-based distros. For Red Hat, Fedora, and CentOS, the file would be in /etc/yum.repos.d/ and for source distros like Gentoo or Arch...no idea. That PPA is also only Ubuntu-compatible, so really those installation instructions are just for Ubuntu...though I'm sure the app itself will work cross-distro.

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