Shutter (aka GScrot): Screenshot Utility on Steroids

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Feb 06, 2009 GMT
Dmitri Popov

Writing computer-related tutorials, documentation, articles, etc., is virtually impossible without a good utility for taking screenshots -- and Shutter (formerly known as GScrot) has all the features you could possible need.

For starters, Shutter sports a tabbed interface, so you can work with several screenshots at the same time. Like any screenshot utility worth its salt, Shutter allows you to grab a selected area, a window section, and a full window. Besides that, Shutter has a rather nifty feature that allows you to take a screenshot of an entire Web page. To do this, press the Web button in Shutter's main toolbar, enter the URL of the page you want to grab, and press Execute. Once you've taken a screenshot, you can edit it directly in Shutter using the available tools. You can, for example, edit the screenshot using the built-in editor, rename the screenshot, and print it. Moreover, Shutter comes with an impressive collection of effects which you can apply to the screenshot. For example, you can turn the screenshot into a Polaroid photo, apply soft or hard edges, turn the screenshot into a jigsaw piece, and even export the screenshot as a PDF document. But that's not all: you can also upload it to an FTP server or screenshot-sharing service by pressing the Upload button. Before you can do this, though, you have to configure the Upload settings. Choose Edit -> Preferences -> Upload, and either edit the settings of one of the default services or create a new FTP connection by entering the required information in the fields in the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) section.


  • Yes

    You find it in the "Advanced" tab of the preferences.
  • Shutter-automatic screenshot feature?

    Does Shutter have an automatic screenshot feature--based on time interval (every 5 minutes, 10 minutes, etc.?)?

    Can't find any specs that says it does.
  • Hai

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  • shutter release

    You caught us a bit off guard while we were renaming; but the process is done now. New release too!
  • Re: capture of mouse pointer

    You can capture the mouse cursor with Shutter (GScrot). To do this, go to Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced, and select Activate from the Include cursor drop-down list.
  • capture of mouse pointer

    What feature I miss mostly in every screenshot application under Linux is capture of mouse pointer. Is there any software or switch which is capable of doing that?
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