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If I take a screenshot, often the next action is to paint on it. Sometimes I paint a circle around something, sometimes I blank parts to anonymize them.

Below is an example of the window after the screenshot was taken:

example-screenshost

It would be great if I could directly go to “edit image”.

BTW, I use Pinta, not Gimp.

I guess this is impossible.

Off-topic but nevertheless relevant:

I know the terms “Wayland”, “Xorg”, “Gnome”.

But my grand mother is a user, not a geek. She does not know these terms. And it would be great, if she could use ubuntu without learning these terms.

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  • 4

    You may want to try Shutter: askubuntu.com/a/6570/480481

    – pomsky
    Jan 10 ’18 at 10:55

  • @pomsky I don’t care for the name of the tool. In this context I am user, not a linux expert. I type “scre” in the autocomplete after pressing the window-key (I think this is called “dash”). I take the first matching tool and use this. IIRC there is a book about usability which is called “don’t make me think”. I have not read it, but I like the title 🙂

    – guettli
    Jan 10 ’18 at 15:15

  • 2

    your grandmother can live her entire life without knowing “those terms” AKA the display manager she’s using or the Desktop environment, I’ve installed ubuntu for people like your grand mom and they’re doing great. Anyhow I’ll install ubuntu today on my new laptop and shutter and we’ll see

    – Lynob
    Jan 16 ’18 at 10:27

  • I edited my answer to include a third tool (possibly the best tool available)

    – Lynob
    Jan 16 ’18 at 10:49

  • If you replace “gimp” by “pinta”, this works askubuntu.com/a/758752/72216

    – Jacob Vlijm
    Jan 16 ’18 at 11:00

10

If I take a screenshot, often the next action is to paint on it. Sometimes I paint a circle around something, sometimes I blank parts to anonymize them.

Below is an example of the window after the screenshot was taken:

example-screenshost

It would be great if I could directly go to “edit image”.

BTW, I use Pinta, not Gimp.

I guess this is impossible.

Off-topic but nevertheless relevant:

I know the terms “Wayland”, “Xorg”, “Gnome”.

But my grand mother is a user, not a geek. She does not know these terms. And it would be great, if she could use ubuntu without learning these terms.

share|improve this question

  • 4

    You may want to try Shutter: askubuntu.com/a/6570/480481

    – pomsky
    Jan 10 ’18 at 10:55

  • @pomsky I don’t care for the name of the tool. In this context I am user, not a linux expert. I type “scre” in the autocomplete after pressing the window-key (I think this is called “dash”). I take the first matching tool and use this. IIRC there is a book about usability which is called “don’t make me think”. I have not read it, but I like the title 🙂

    – guettli
    Jan 10 ’18 at 15:15

  • 2

    your grandmother can live her entire life without knowing “those terms” AKA the display manager she’s using or the Desktop environment, I’ve installed ubuntu for people like your grand mom and they’re doing great. Anyhow I’ll install ubuntu today on my new laptop and shutter and we’ll see

    – Lynob
    Jan 16 ’18 at 10:27

  • I edited my answer to include a third tool (possibly the best tool available)

    – Lynob
    Jan 16 ’18 at 10:49

  • If you replace “gimp” by “pinta”, this works askubuntu.com/a/758752/72216

    – Jacob Vlijm
    Jan 16 ’18 at 11:00

10

10

10

If I take a screenshot, often the next action is to paint on it. Sometimes I paint a circle around something, sometimes I blank parts to anonymize them.

Below is an example of the window after the screenshot was taken:

example-screenshost

It would be great if I could directly go to “edit image”.

BTW, I use Pinta, not Gimp.

I guess this is impossible.

Off-topic but nevertheless relevant:

I know the terms “Wayland”, “Xorg”, “Gnome”.

But my grand mother is a user, not a geek. She does not know these terms. And it would be great, if she could use ubuntu without learning these terms.

share|improve this question

If I take a screenshot, often the next action is to paint on it. Sometimes I paint a circle around something, sometimes I blank parts to anonymize them.

Below is an example of the window after the screenshot was taken:

example-screenshost

It would be great if I could directly go to “edit image”.

BTW, I use Pinta, not Gimp.

I guess this is impossible.

Off-topic but nevertheless relevant:

I know the terms “Wayland”, “Xorg”, “Gnome”.

But my grand mother is a user, not a geek. She does not know these terms. And it would be great, if she could use ubuntu without learning these terms.

screenshot usability

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asked Jan 10 ’18 at 10:51

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  • 4

    You may want to try Shutter: askubuntu.com/a/6570/480481

    – pomsky
    Jan 10 ’18 at 10:55

  • @pomsky I don’t care for the name of the tool. In this context I am user, not a linux expert. I type “scre” in the autocomplete after pressing the window-key (I think this is called “dash”). I take the first matching tool and use this. IIRC there is a book about usability which is called “don’t make me think”. I have not read it, but I like the title 🙂

    – guettli
    Jan 10 ’18 at 15:15

  • 2

    your grandmother can live her entire life without knowing “those terms” AKA the display manager she’s using or the Desktop environment, I’ve installed ubuntu for people like your grand mom and they’re doing great. Anyhow I’ll install ubuntu today on my new laptop and shutter and we’ll see

    – Lynob
    Jan 16 ’18 at 10:27

  • I edited my answer to include a third tool (possibly the best tool available)

    – Lynob
    Jan 16 ’18 at 10:49

  • If you replace “gimp” by “pinta”, this works askubuntu.com/a/758752/72216

    – Jacob Vlijm
    Jan 16 ’18 at 11:00

  • 4

    You may want to try Shutter: askubuntu.com/a/6570/480481

    – pomsky
    Jan 10 ’18 at 10:55

  • @pomsky I don’t care for the name of the tool. In this context I am user, not a linux expert. I type “scre” in the autocomplete after pressing the window-key (I think this is called “dash”). I take the first matching tool and use this. IIRC there is a book about usability which is called “don’t make me think”. I have not read it, but I like the title 🙂

    – guettli
    Jan 10 ’18 at 15:15

  • 2

    your grandmother can live her entire life without knowing “those terms” AKA the display manager she’s using or the Desktop environment, I’ve installed ubuntu for people like your grand mom and they’re doing great. Anyhow I’ll install ubuntu today on my new laptop and shutter and we’ll see

    – Lynob
    Jan 16 ’18 at 10:27

  • I edited my answer to include a third tool (possibly the best tool available)

    – Lynob
    Jan 16 ’18 at 10:49

  • If you replace “gimp” by “pinta”, this works askubuntu.com/a/758752/72216

    – Jacob Vlijm
    Jan 16 ’18 at 11:00

4

4

You may want to try Shutter: askubuntu.com/a/6570/480481

– pomsky
Jan 10 ’18 at 10:55

You may want to try Shutter: askubuntu.com/a/6570/480481

– pomsky
Jan 10 ’18 at 10:55

@pomsky I don’t care for the name of the tool. In this context I am user, not a linux expert. I type “scre” in the autocomplete after pressing the window-key (I think this is called “dash”). I take the first matching tool and use this. IIRC there is a book about usability which is called “don’t make me think”. I have not read it, but I like the title 🙂

– guettli
Jan 10 ’18 at 15:15

@pomsky I don’t care for the name of the tool. In this context I am user, not a linux expert. I type “scre” in the autocomplete after pressing the window-key (I think this is called “dash”). I take the first matching tool and use this. IIRC there is a book about usability which is called “don’t make me think”. I have not read it, but I like the title 🙂

– guettli
Jan 10 ’18 at 15:15

2

2

your grandmother can live her entire life without knowing “those terms” AKA the display manager she’s using or the Desktop environment, I’ve installed ubuntu for people like your grand mom and they’re doing great. Anyhow I’ll install ubuntu today on my new laptop and shutter and we’ll see

– Lynob
Jan 16 ’18 at 10:27

your grandmother can live her entire life without knowing “those terms” AKA the display manager she’s using or the Desktop environment, I’ve installed ubuntu for people like your grand mom and they’re doing great. Anyhow I’ll install ubuntu today on my new laptop and shutter and we’ll see

– Lynob
Jan 16 ’18 at 10:27

I edited my answer to include a third tool (possibly the best tool available)

– Lynob
Jan 16 ’18 at 10:49

I edited my answer to include a third tool (possibly the best tool available)

– Lynob
Jan 16 ’18 at 10:49

If you replace “gimp” by “pinta”, this works askubuntu.com/a/758752/72216

– Jacob Vlijm
Jan 16 ’18 at 11:00

If you replace “gimp” by “pinta”, this works askubuntu.com/a/758752/72216

– Jacob Vlijm
Jan 16 ’18 at 11:00

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Pomsky is correct use shutter (available in software center as shutter)

http://shutter-project.org/

it has a screenshot tool, once you take your picture, it has a built in image editor, you can paint or whatever. Shutter is the easiest tool you want.

Shutter might be dead in 2019 so ignore it, this answer was written before it died

detly Said down below: It’s because it’s an old package – the Perl package required for editing was considered optional to Shutter, so when it was removed from Debian/Ubuntu, it didn’t break the package itself, just inhibited that feature

Another option, if you ever decide to switch to gimp, it has a built in screenshot tool

http://openoffice.blogs.com/openoffice/2010/01/taking-a-screen-shot-using-gimp.html

I’d use shutter anyway, simply because it’s the best tool for screenshots on any OS. You can even upload the image directly to imgur or several other photo sharing sites from within shutter.

There’s also Flameshot, here’s an article about it on OMG Ubuntu. I didn’t test it, but if OMG talks about it, it has to be good, and indeed from the looks of it on Github, it seems pretty good, maybe even better than shutter.

enter image description here

The app lets take a screenshot of your whole screen or a specific
section, annotate it, and then save it locally or upload to Imgur,
with the URL automatically copied to your clipboard ready to paste
elsewhere.

A powerful open source screenshot and annotation tool for Linux,
Flameshot has a varied set of markup tools available, including:

Freehand drawing
Lines
Arrows
Boxes
Circles
Highlighting
Blur

You can customise the color, size and/or thickness of many of these
image annotation tools.

There are also on-screen buttons to:

Move screen selection
Undo
Copy to clipboard
Save file
Upload to Imgur

Many of these options can be accessed by pressing keyboard shortcuts

I’m on ubuntu 16.04, unity, if you are too, follow this tutorial

Install flameshot on ubuntu 16.04

That worked perfectly for me, just make sure to use sudo. The package included in Ubuntu 16.04 software center does not work, at least for me.

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  • If this tool is great, why not make this tool the default in Ubuntu?

    – guettli
    Jan 10 at 12:46

  • @guettli When I posted my answer, it was so new, that no one heard about it, secondly, Ubuntu developers aren’t on the look for the best software to include them, for example shotwell has been released for ages and they still don’t include it by default, I can think of many other examples. For instance chromium the open source is these days almost always faster than firefox and not included by default. I guess they stick with what the users are most familiar with and then the users can customize their desktop however they want

    – Lynob
    Jan 10 at 12:51

  • Thank you for your answer. I don’t understand why the best solution is not the default. Bandwith and disk-space is no more an argument today. If you want a minimal solution take raspberry.

    – guettli
    Jan 10 at 13:09

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    Shutter cannot be used to edit in 18.04, and is no longer in 18.10. The official site just gives a 502. This project seems to be more or less dead.

    – detly
    Feb 13 at 21:49

  • @detly Thanks for the info, I couldn’t edit in 16.04 and I thought that something is wrong with my installation, I’ll update my answer to say that

    – Lynob
    Feb 13 at 21:52

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I see that you would like to use keyboard shortcuts, but if you compromise a little, it is possible. You can just drag&drop the screenshotted image (left side in your own screenshot above) to your pinta window. That’s it.

It’s also mentioned in the documentation, under “Making a Screenshot”.

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  • If I see the window of above question, in this moment there is no pinta window open. .. if it needs documentation it is not a no-brainer.

    – guettli
    Jan 15 ’18 at 15:14

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There is an Ubuntu Help page for this problem:

https://help.ubuntu.com/stable/ubuntu-help/screen-shot-record.html

They also suggest to copy it to clipboard and paste it in your favorite image editing software.

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  • yes, this work-around works. The question is about how to make it easy.

    – guettli
    Jan 15 ’18 at 15:15

  • Then I agree with @pomsky to use Shutter: unixmen.com/learn-take-screenshots-edit-shutter-ubuntu

    – DamBedEi
    Jan 15 ’18 at 15:19

  • Yes, I could work around this. But what about sane defaults. I would like my grand mother to use ubuntu. Installing a different tool for taking screenshots is too complicated.

    – guettli
    Jan 15 ’18 at 15:41

  • You can define custom keyboard shortcuts for shutter. Then you can use your print-key as you are used to it: askubuntu.com/a/609060/393832

    – DamBedEi
    Jan 15 ’18 at 15:49

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if you want a “no-brainer” replace your current screenshot program with shutter. As already mentioned by others, It has built in: simple editor, photo share and save. It can take a full screen shot, window or an area (magnify is also available for an area shot. The print screen button launches it in full screen capture mode.

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    You don’t mention the version of Ubuntu that you’re running, but be aware that 17.10 now defaults to Wayland (no longer Xorg). Shutter, as others recommend (and a great application) currently will not work under Wayland. As I tend to prefer Wayland in general, I’ve forsaken Shutter for the Screenshot Tool Gnome extension, and it works quite well.

    When Shutter eventually does support Wayland (or vice-versa), there will be much rejoicing.

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    • My grand mother is a user, not a geek. She does not know the terms “Wayland”, “Xorg”, “Gnome”. And it would be great, if she could use ubuntu without learning these terms.

      – guettli
      Jan 16 ’18 at 8:45

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    Making it Work With Pinta

    The original question implied that Pinta was the desired program to be used in editing the screenshot, so this is how you make that happen:

    1. Install CCSM and it’s extra plugins with this command line: sudo apt install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins-extra
    2. Configure the Screenshot plugin as shown in the picture below
    3. To take a screenshot, hit Super+MouseButton1.
    4. The crosshair will appear, and you select the area of the window you want to take a screenshot of.
    5. After completing the selection, Pinta will open.
    6. Hit Ctrl-V to paste the screenshot into Pinta.

    If you can figure out how to get Pinta/GIMP to open with the contents of the clipboard, then it is exactly what you want.

    For others reading this post, if you want to use GIMP instead of Pinta, just change pinta to gimp, in the Launch Application setting as shown in the CCSM window below.

    enter image description here

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      Pomsky is correct use shutter (available in software center as shutter)

      http://shutter-project.org/

      it has a screenshot tool, once you take your picture, it has a built in image editor, you can paint or whatever. Shutter is the easiest tool you want.

      Shutter might be dead in 2019 so ignore it, this answer was written before it died

      detly Said down below: It’s because it’s an old package – the Perl package required for editing was considered optional to Shutter, so when it was removed from Debian/Ubuntu, it didn’t break the package itself, just inhibited that feature

      Another option, if you ever decide to switch to gimp, it has a built in screenshot tool

      http://openoffice.blogs.com/openoffice/2010/01/taking-a-screen-shot-using-gimp.html

      I’d use shutter anyway, simply because it’s the best tool for screenshots on any OS. You can even upload the image directly to imgur or several other photo sharing sites from within shutter.

      There’s also Flameshot, here’s an article about it on OMG Ubuntu. I didn’t test it, but if OMG talks about it, it has to be good, and indeed from the looks of it on Github, it seems pretty good, maybe even better than shutter.

      enter image description here

      The app lets take a screenshot of your whole screen or a specific
      section, annotate it, and then save it locally or upload to Imgur,
      with the URL automatically copied to your clipboard ready to paste
      elsewhere.

      A powerful open source screenshot and annotation tool for Linux,
      Flameshot has a varied set of markup tools available, including:

      Freehand drawing
      Lines
      Arrows
      Boxes
      Circles
      Highlighting
      Blur
      

      You can customise the color, size and/or thickness of many of these
      image annotation tools.

      There are also on-screen buttons to:

      Move screen selection
      Undo
      Copy to clipboard
      Save file
      Upload to Imgur
      

      Many of these options can be accessed by pressing keyboard shortcuts

      I’m on ubuntu 16.04, unity, if you are too, follow this tutorial

      Install flameshot on ubuntu 16.04

      That worked perfectly for me, just make sure to use sudo. The package included in Ubuntu 16.04 software center does not work, at least for me.

      share|improve this answer

      • If this tool is great, why not make this tool the default in Ubuntu?

        – guettli
        Jan 10 at 12:46

      • @guettli When I posted my answer, it was so new, that no one heard about it, secondly, Ubuntu developers aren’t on the look for the best software to include them, for example shotwell has been released for ages and they still don’t include it by default, I can think of many other examples. For instance chromium the open source is these days almost always faster than firefox and not included by default. I guess they stick with what the users are most familiar with and then the users can customize their desktop however they want

        – Lynob
        Jan 10 at 12:51

      • Thank you for your answer. I don’t understand why the best solution is not the default. Bandwith and disk-space is no more an argument today. If you want a minimal solution take raspberry.

        – guettli
        Jan 10 at 13:09

      • 1

        Shutter cannot be used to edit in 18.04, and is no longer in 18.10. The official site just gives a 502. This project seems to be more or less dead.

        – detly
        Feb 13 at 21:49

      • @detly Thanks for the info, I couldn’t edit in 16.04 and I thought that something is wrong with my installation, I’ll update my answer to say that

        – Lynob
        Feb 13 at 21:52

      17

      +50

      Pomsky is correct use shutter (available in software center as shutter)

      http://shutter-project.org/

      it has a screenshot tool, once you take your picture, it has a built in image editor, you can paint or whatever. Shutter is the easiest tool you want.

      Shutter might be dead in 2019 so ignore it, this answer was written before it died

      detly Said down below: It’s because it’s an old package – the Perl package required for editing was considered optional to Shutter, so when it was removed from Debian/Ubuntu, it didn’t break the package itself, just inhibited that feature

      Another option, if you ever decide to switch to gimp, it has a built in screenshot tool

      http://openoffice.blogs.com/openoffice/2010/01/taking-a-screen-shot-using-gimp.html

      I’d use shutter anyway, simply because it’s the best tool for screenshots on any OS. You can even upload the image directly to imgur or several other photo sharing sites from within shutter.

      There’s also Flameshot, here’s an article about it on OMG Ubuntu. I didn’t test it, but if OMG talks about it, it has to be good, and indeed from the looks of it on Github, it seems pretty good, maybe even better than shutter.

      enter image description here

      The app lets take a screenshot of your whole screen or a specific
      section, annotate it, and then save it locally or upload to Imgur,
      with the URL automatically copied to your clipboard ready to paste
      elsewhere.

      A powerful open source screenshot and annotation tool for Linux,
      Flameshot has a varied set of markup tools available, including:

      Freehand drawing
      Lines
      Arrows
      Boxes
      Circles
      Highlighting
      Blur
      

      You can customise the color, size and/or thickness of many of these
      image annotation tools.

      There are also on-screen buttons to:

      Move screen selection
      Undo
      Copy to clipboard
      Save file
      Upload to Imgur
      

      Many of these options can be accessed by pressing keyboard shortcuts

      I’m on ubuntu 16.04, unity, if you are too, follow this tutorial

      Install flameshot on ubuntu 16.04

      That worked perfectly for me, just make sure to use sudo. The package included in Ubuntu 16.04 software center does not work, at least for me.

      share|improve this answer

      • If this tool is great, why not make this tool the default in Ubuntu?

        – guettli
        Jan 10 at 12:46

      • @guettli When I posted my answer, it was so new, that no one heard about it, secondly, Ubuntu developers aren’t on the look for the best software to include them, for example shotwell has been released for ages and they still don’t include it by default, I can think of many other examples. For instance chromium the open source is these days almost always faster than firefox and not included by default. I guess they stick with what the users are most familiar with and then the users can customize their desktop however they want

        – Lynob
        Jan 10 at 12:51

      • Thank you for your answer. I don’t understand why the best solution is not the default. Bandwith and disk-space is no more an argument today. If you want a minimal solution take raspberry.

        – guettli
        Jan 10 at 13:09

      • 1

        Shutter cannot be used to edit in 18.04, and is no longer in 18.10. The official site just gives a 502. This project seems to be more or less dead.

        – detly
        Feb 13 at 21:49

      • @detly Thanks for the info, I couldn’t edit in 16.04 and I thought that something is wrong with my installation, I’ll update my answer to say that

        – Lynob
        Feb 13 at 21:52

      17

      +50

      17

      +50
      17

      +50

      Pomsky is correct use shutter (available in software center as shutter)

      http://shutter-project.org/

      it has a screenshot tool, once you take your picture, it has a built in image editor, you can paint or whatever. Shutter is the easiest tool you want.

      Shutter might be dead in 2019 so ignore it, this answer was written before it died

      detly Said down below: It’s because it’s an old package – the Perl package required for editing was considered optional to Shutter, so when it was removed from Debian/Ubuntu, it didn’t break the package itself, just inhibited that feature

      Another option, if you ever decide to switch to gimp, it has a built in screenshot tool

      http://openoffice.blogs.com/openoffice/2010/01/taking-a-screen-shot-using-gimp.html

      I’d use shutter anyway, simply because it’s the best tool for screenshots on any OS. You can even upload the image directly to imgur or several other photo sharing sites from within shutter.

      There’s also Flameshot, here’s an article about it on OMG Ubuntu. I didn’t test it, but if OMG talks about it, it has to be good, and indeed from the looks of it on Github, it seems pretty good, maybe even better than shutter.

      enter image description here

      The app lets take a screenshot of your whole screen or a specific
      section, annotate it, and then save it locally or upload to Imgur,
      with the URL automatically copied to your clipboard ready to paste
      elsewhere.

      A powerful open source screenshot and annotation tool for Linux,
      Flameshot has a varied set of markup tools available, including:

      Freehand drawing
      Lines
      Arrows
      Boxes
      Circles
      Highlighting
      Blur
      

      You can customise the color, size and/or thickness of many of these
      image annotation tools.

      There are also on-screen buttons to:

      Move screen selection
      Undo
      Copy to clipboard
      Save file
      Upload to Imgur
      

      Many of these options can be accessed by pressing keyboard shortcuts

      I’m on ubuntu 16.04, unity, if you are too, follow this tutorial

      Install flameshot on ubuntu 16.04

      That worked perfectly for me, just make sure to use sudo. The package included in Ubuntu 16.04 software center does not work, at least for me.

      share|improve this answer

      Pomsky is correct use shutter (available in software center as shutter)

      http://shutter-project.org/

      it has a screenshot tool, once you take your picture, it has a built in image editor, you can paint or whatever. Shutter is the easiest tool you want.

      Shutter might be dead in 2019 so ignore it, this answer was written before it died

      detly Said down below: It’s because it’s an old package – the Perl package required for editing was considered optional to Shutter, so when it was removed from Debian/Ubuntu, it didn’t break the package itself, just inhibited that feature

      Another option, if you ever decide to switch to gimp, it has a built in screenshot tool

      http://openoffice.blogs.com/openoffice/2010/01/taking-a-screen-shot-using-gimp.html

      I’d use shutter anyway, simply because it’s the best tool for screenshots on any OS. You can even upload the image directly to imgur or several other photo sharing sites from within shutter.

      There’s also Flameshot, here’s an article about it on OMG Ubuntu. I didn’t test it, but if OMG talks about it, it has to be good, and indeed from the looks of it on Github, it seems pretty good, maybe even better than shutter.

      enter image description here

      The app lets take a screenshot of your whole screen or a specific
      section, annotate it, and then save it locally or upload to Imgur,
      with the URL automatically copied to your clipboard ready to paste
      elsewhere.

      A powerful open source screenshot and annotation tool for Linux,
      Flameshot has a varied set of markup tools available, including:

      Freehand drawing
      Lines
      Arrows
      Boxes
      Circles
      Highlighting
      Blur
      

      You can customise the color, size and/or thickness of many of these
      image annotation tools.

      There are also on-screen buttons to:

      Move screen selection
      Undo
      Copy to clipboard
      Save file
      Upload to Imgur
      

      Many of these options can be accessed by pressing keyboard shortcuts

      I’m on ubuntu 16.04, unity, if you are too, follow this tutorial

      Install flameshot on ubuntu 16.04

      That worked perfectly for me, just make sure to use sudo. The package included in Ubuntu 16.04 software center does not work, at least for me.

      share|improve this answer

      share|improve this answer

      share|improve this answer

      edited 8 mins ago

      answered Jan 15 ’18 at 15:17

      LynobLynob

      2,725125194

      2,725125194

      • If this tool is great, why not make this tool the default in Ubuntu?

        – guettli
        Jan 10 at 12:46

      • @guettli When I posted my answer, it was so new, that no one heard about it, secondly, Ubuntu developers aren’t on the look for the best software to include them, for example shotwell has been released for ages and they still don’t include it by default, I can think of many other examples. For instance chromium the open source is these days almost always faster than firefox and not included by default. I guess they stick with what the users are most familiar with and then the users can customize their desktop however they want

        – Lynob
        Jan 10 at 12:51

      • Thank you for your answer. I don’t understand why the best solution is not the default. Bandwith and disk-space is no more an argument today. If you want a minimal solution take raspberry.

        – guettli
        Jan 10 at 13:09

      • 1

        Shutter cannot be used to edit in 18.04, and is no longer in 18.10. The official site just gives a 502. This project seems to be more or less dead.

        – detly
        Feb 13 at 21:49

      • @detly Thanks for the info, I couldn’t edit in 16.04 and I thought that something is wrong with my installation, I’ll update my answer to say that

        – Lynob
        Feb 13 at 21:52

      • If this tool is great, why not make this tool the default in Ubuntu?

        – guettli
        Jan 10 at 12:46

      • @guettli When I posted my answer, it was so new, that no one heard about it, secondly, Ubuntu developers aren’t on the look for the best software to include them, for example shotwell has been released for ages and they still don’t include it by default, I can think of many other examples. For instance chromium the open source is these days almost always faster than firefox and not included by default. I guess they stick with what the users are most familiar with and then the users can customize their desktop however they want

        – Lynob
        Jan 10 at 12:51

      • Thank you for your answer. I don’t understand why the best solution is not the default. Bandwith and disk-space is no more an argument today. If you want a minimal solution take raspberry.

        – guettli
        Jan 10 at 13:09

      • 1

        Shutter cannot be used to edit in 18.04, and is no longer in 18.10. The official site just gives a 502. This project seems to be more or less dead.

        – detly
        Feb 13 at 21:49

      • @detly Thanks for the info, I couldn’t edit in 16.04 and I thought that something is wrong with my installation, I’ll update my answer to say that

        – Lynob
        Feb 13 at 21:52

      If this tool is great, why not make this tool the default in Ubuntu?

      – guettli
      Jan 10 at 12:46

      If this tool is great, why not make this tool the default in Ubuntu?

      – guettli
      Jan 10 at 12:46

      @guettli When I posted my answer, it was so new, that no one heard about it, secondly, Ubuntu developers aren’t on the look for the best software to include them, for example shotwell has been released for ages and they still don’t include it by default, I can think of many other examples. For instance chromium the open source is these days almost always faster than firefox and not included by default. I guess they stick with what the users are most familiar with and then the users can customize their desktop however they want

      – Lynob
      Jan 10 at 12:51

      @guettli When I posted my answer, it was so new, that no one heard about it, secondly, Ubuntu developers aren’t on the look for the best software to include them, for example shotwell has been released for ages and they still don’t include it by default, I can think of many other examples. For instance chromium the open source is these days almost always faster than firefox and not included by default. I guess they stick with what the users are most familiar with and then the users can customize their desktop however they want

      – Lynob
      Jan 10 at 12:51

      Thank you for your answer. I don’t understand why the best solution is not the default. Bandwith and disk-space is no more an argument today. If you want a minimal solution take raspberry.

      – guettli
      Jan 10 at 13:09

      Thank you for your answer. I don’t understand why the best solution is not the default. Bandwith and disk-space is no more an argument today. If you want a minimal solution take raspberry.

      – guettli
      Jan 10 at 13:09

      1

      1

      Shutter cannot be used to edit in 18.04, and is no longer in 18.10. The official site just gives a 502. This project seems to be more or less dead.

      – detly
      Feb 13 at 21:49

      Shutter cannot be used to edit in 18.04, and is no longer in 18.10. The official site just gives a 502. This project seems to be more or less dead.

      – detly
      Feb 13 at 21:49

      @detly Thanks for the info, I couldn’t edit in 16.04 and I thought that something is wrong with my installation, I’ll update my answer to say that

      – Lynob
      Feb 13 at 21:52

      @detly Thanks for the info, I couldn’t edit in 16.04 and I thought that something is wrong with my installation, I’ll update my answer to say that

      – Lynob
      Feb 13 at 21:52

      1

      I see that you would like to use keyboard shortcuts, but if you compromise a little, it is possible. You can just drag&drop the screenshotted image (left side in your own screenshot above) to your pinta window. That’s it.

      It’s also mentioned in the documentation, under “Making a Screenshot”.

      share|improve this answer

      • If I see the window of above question, in this moment there is no pinta window open. .. if it needs documentation it is not a no-brainer.

        – guettli
        Jan 15 ’18 at 15:14

      1

      I see that you would like to use keyboard shortcuts, but if you compromise a little, it is possible. You can just drag&drop the screenshotted image (left side in your own screenshot above) to your pinta window. That’s it.

      It’s also mentioned in the documentation, under “Making a Screenshot”.

      share|improve this answer

      • If I see the window of above question, in this moment there is no pinta window open. .. if it needs documentation it is not a no-brainer.

        – guettli
        Jan 15 ’18 at 15:14

      1

      1

      1

      I see that you would like to use keyboard shortcuts, but if you compromise a little, it is possible. You can just drag&drop the screenshotted image (left side in your own screenshot above) to your pinta window. That’s it.

      It’s also mentioned in the documentation, under “Making a Screenshot”.

      share|improve this answer

      I see that you would like to use keyboard shortcuts, but if you compromise a little, it is possible. You can just drag&drop the screenshotted image (left side in your own screenshot above) to your pinta window. That’s it.

      It’s also mentioned in the documentation, under “Making a Screenshot”.

      share|improve this answer

      share|improve this answer

      share|improve this answer

      edited Jan 15 ’18 at 14:34

      answered Jan 15 ’18 at 13:50

      emk2203emk2203

      2,7621926

      2,7621926

      • If I see the window of above question, in this moment there is no pinta window open. .. if it needs documentation it is not a no-brainer.

        – guettli
        Jan 15 ’18 at 15:14

      • If I see the window of above question, in this moment there is no pinta window open. .. if it needs documentation it is not a no-brainer.

        – guettli
        Jan 15 ’18 at 15:14

      If I see the window of above question, in this moment there is no pinta window open. .. if it needs documentation it is not a no-brainer.

      – guettli
      Jan 15 ’18 at 15:14

      If I see the window of above question, in this moment there is no pinta window open. .. if it needs documentation it is not a no-brainer.

      – guettli
      Jan 15 ’18 at 15:14

      0

      There is an Ubuntu Help page for this problem:

      https://help.ubuntu.com/stable/ubuntu-help/screen-shot-record.html

      They also suggest to copy it to clipboard and paste it in your favorite image editing software.

      share|improve this answer

      • yes, this work-around works. The question is about how to make it easy.

        – guettli
        Jan 15 ’18 at 15:15

      • Then I agree with @pomsky to use Shutter: unixmen.com/learn-take-screenshots-edit-shutter-ubuntu

        – DamBedEi
        Jan 15 ’18 at 15:19

      • Yes, I could work around this. But what about sane defaults. I would like my grand mother to use ubuntu. Installing a different tool for taking screenshots is too complicated.

        – guettli
        Jan 15 ’18 at 15:41

      • You can define custom keyboard shortcuts for shutter. Then you can use your print-key as you are used to it: askubuntu.com/a/609060/393832

        – DamBedEi
        Jan 15 ’18 at 15:49

      0

      There is an Ubuntu Help page for this problem:

      https://help.ubuntu.com/stable/ubuntu-help/screen-shot-record.html

      They also suggest to copy it to clipboard and paste it in your favorite image editing software.

      share|improve this answer

      • yes, this work-around works. The question is about how to make it easy.

        – guettli
        Jan 15 ’18 at 15:15

      • Then I agree with @pomsky to use Shutter: unixmen.com/learn-take-screenshots-edit-shutter-ubuntu

        – DamBedEi
        Jan 15 ’18 at 15:19

      • Yes, I could work around this. But what about sane defaults. I would like my grand mother to use ubuntu. Installing a different tool for taking screenshots is too complicated.

        – guettli
        Jan 15 ’18 at 15:41

      • You can define custom keyboard shortcuts for shutter. Then you can use your print-key as you are used to it: askubuntu.com/a/609060/393832

        – DamBedEi
        Jan 15 ’18 at 15:49

      0

      0

      0

      There is an Ubuntu Help page for this problem:

      https://help.ubuntu.com/stable/ubuntu-help/screen-shot-record.html

      They also suggest to copy it to clipboard and paste it in your favorite image editing software.

      share|improve this answer

      There is an Ubuntu Help page for this problem:

      https://help.ubuntu.com/stable/ubuntu-help/screen-shot-record.html

      They also suggest to copy it to clipboard and paste it in your favorite image editing software.

      share|improve this answer

      share|improve this answer

      share|improve this answer

      answered Jan 15 ’18 at 14:54

      DamBedEiDamBedEi

      1101210

      1101210

      • yes, this work-around works. The question is about how to make it easy.

        – guettli
        Jan 15 ’18 at 15:15

      • Then I agree with @pomsky to use Shutter: unixmen.com/learn-take-screenshots-edit-shutter-ubuntu

        – DamBedEi
        Jan 15 ’18 at 15:19

      • Yes, I could work around this. But what about sane defaults. I would like my grand mother to use ubuntu. Installing a different tool for taking screenshots is too complicated.

        – guettli
        Jan 15 ’18 at 15:41

      • You can define custom keyboard shortcuts for shutter. Then you can use your print-key as you are used to it: askubuntu.com/a/609060/393832

        – DamBedEi
        Jan 15 ’18 at 15:49

      • yes, this work-around works. The question is about how to make it easy.

        – guettli
        Jan 15 ’18 at 15:15

      • Then I agree with @pomsky to use Shutter: unixmen.com/learn-take-screenshots-edit-shutter-ubuntu

        – DamBedEi
        Jan 15 ’18 at 15:19

      • Yes, I could work around this. But what about sane defaults. I would like my grand mother to use ubuntu. Installing a different tool for taking screenshots is too complicated.

        – guettli
        Jan 15 ’18 at 15:41

      • You can define custom keyboard shortcuts for shutter. Then you can use your print-key as you are used to it: askubuntu.com/a/609060/393832

        – DamBedEi
        Jan 15 ’18 at 15:49

      yes, this work-around works. The question is about how to make it easy.

      – guettli
      Jan 15 ’18 at 15:15

      yes, this work-around works. The question is about how to make it easy.

      – guettli
      Jan 15 ’18 at 15:15

      Then I agree with @pomsky to use Shutter: unixmen.com/learn-take-screenshots-edit-shutter-ubuntu

      – DamBedEi
      Jan 15 ’18 at 15:19

      Then I agree with @pomsky to use Shutter: unixmen.com/learn-take-screenshots-edit-shutter-ubuntu

      – DamBedEi
      Jan 15 ’18 at 15:19

      Yes, I could work around this. But what about sane defaults. I would like my grand mother to use ubuntu. Installing a different tool for taking screenshots is too complicated.

      – guettli
      Jan 15 ’18 at 15:41

      Yes, I could work around this. But what about sane defaults. I would like my grand mother to use ubuntu. Installing a different tool for taking screenshots is too complicated.

      – guettli
      Jan 15 ’18 at 15:41

      You can define custom keyboard shortcuts for shutter. Then you can use your print-key as you are used to it: askubuntu.com/a/609060/393832

      – DamBedEi
      Jan 15 ’18 at 15:49

      You can define custom keyboard shortcuts for shutter. Then you can use your print-key as you are used to it: askubuntu.com/a/609060/393832

      – DamBedEi
      Jan 15 ’18 at 15:49

      0

      if you want a “no-brainer” replace your current screenshot program with shutter. As already mentioned by others, It has built in: simple editor, photo share and save. It can take a full screen shot, window or an area (magnify is also available for an area shot. The print screen button launches it in full screen capture mode.

      share|improve this answer

        0

        if you want a “no-brainer” replace your current screenshot program with shutter. As already mentioned by others, It has built in: simple editor, photo share and save. It can take a full screen shot, window or an area (magnify is also available for an area shot. The print screen button launches it in full screen capture mode.

        share|improve this answer

          0

          0

          0

          if you want a “no-brainer” replace your current screenshot program with shutter. As already mentioned by others, It has built in: simple editor, photo share and save. It can take a full screen shot, window or an area (magnify is also available for an area shot. The print screen button launches it in full screen capture mode.

          share|improve this answer

          if you want a “no-brainer” replace your current screenshot program with shutter. As already mentioned by others, It has built in: simple editor, photo share and save. It can take a full screen shot, window or an area (magnify is also available for an area shot. The print screen button launches it in full screen capture mode.

          share|improve this answer

          share|improve this answer

          share|improve this answer

          answered Jan 16 ’18 at 0:07

          raveryravery

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              0

              You don’t mention the version of Ubuntu that you’re running, but be aware that 17.10 now defaults to Wayland (no longer Xorg). Shutter, as others recommend (and a great application) currently will not work under Wayland. As I tend to prefer Wayland in general, I’ve forsaken Shutter for the Screenshot Tool Gnome extension, and it works quite well.

              When Shutter eventually does support Wayland (or vice-versa), there will be much rejoicing.

              share|improve this answer

              • My grand mother is a user, not a geek. She does not know the terms “Wayland”, “Xorg”, “Gnome”. And it would be great, if she could use ubuntu without learning these terms.

                – guettli
                Jan 16 ’18 at 8:45

              0

              You don’t mention the version of Ubuntu that you’re running, but be aware that 17.10 now defaults to Wayland (no longer Xorg). Shutter, as others recommend (and a great application) currently will not work under Wayland. As I tend to prefer Wayland in general, I’ve forsaken Shutter for the Screenshot Tool Gnome extension, and it works quite well.

              When Shutter eventually does support Wayland (or vice-versa), there will be much rejoicing.

              share|improve this answer

              • My grand mother is a user, not a geek. She does not know the terms “Wayland”, “Xorg”, “Gnome”. And it would be great, if she could use ubuntu without learning these terms.

                – guettli
                Jan 16 ’18 at 8:45

              0

              0

              0

              You don’t mention the version of Ubuntu that you’re running, but be aware that 17.10 now defaults to Wayland (no longer Xorg). Shutter, as others recommend (and a great application) currently will not work under Wayland. As I tend to prefer Wayland in general, I’ve forsaken Shutter for the Screenshot Tool Gnome extension, and it works quite well.

              When Shutter eventually does support Wayland (or vice-versa), there will be much rejoicing.

              share|improve this answer

              You don’t mention the version of Ubuntu that you’re running, but be aware that 17.10 now defaults to Wayland (no longer Xorg). Shutter, as others recommend (and a great application) currently will not work under Wayland. As I tend to prefer Wayland in general, I’ve forsaken Shutter for the Screenshot Tool Gnome extension, and it works quite well.

              When Shutter eventually does support Wayland (or vice-versa), there will be much rejoicing.

              share|improve this answer

              share|improve this answer

              share|improve this answer

              answered Jan 16 ’18 at 4:17

              richblrichbl

              1,34611018

              1,34611018

              • My grand mother is a user, not a geek. She does not know the terms “Wayland”, “Xorg”, “Gnome”. And it would be great, if she could use ubuntu without learning these terms.

                – guettli
                Jan 16 ’18 at 8:45

              • My grand mother is a user, not a geek. She does not know the terms “Wayland”, “Xorg”, “Gnome”. And it would be great, if she could use ubuntu without learning these terms.

                – guettli
                Jan 16 ’18 at 8:45

              My grand mother is a user, not a geek. She does not know the terms “Wayland”, “Xorg”, “Gnome”. And it would be great, if she could use ubuntu without learning these terms.

              – guettli
              Jan 16 ’18 at 8:45

              My grand mother is a user, not a geek. She does not know the terms “Wayland”, “Xorg”, “Gnome”. And it would be great, if she could use ubuntu without learning these terms.

              – guettli
              Jan 16 ’18 at 8:45

              0

              Making it Work With Pinta

              The original question implied that Pinta was the desired program to be used in editing the screenshot, so this is how you make that happen:

              1. Install CCSM and it’s extra plugins with this command line: sudo apt install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins-extra
              2. Configure the Screenshot plugin as shown in the picture below
              3. To take a screenshot, hit Super+MouseButton1.
              4. The crosshair will appear, and you select the area of the window you want to take a screenshot of.
              5. After completing the selection, Pinta will open.
              6. Hit Ctrl-V to paste the screenshot into Pinta.

              If you can figure out how to get Pinta/GIMP to open with the contents of the clipboard, then it is exactly what you want.

              For others reading this post, if you want to use GIMP instead of Pinta, just change pinta to gimp, in the Launch Application setting as shown in the CCSM window below.

              enter image description here

              share|improve this answer

                0

                Making it Work With Pinta

                The original question implied that Pinta was the desired program to be used in editing the screenshot, so this is how you make that happen:

                1. Install CCSM and it’s extra plugins with this command line: sudo apt install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins-extra
                2. Configure the Screenshot plugin as shown in the picture below
                3. To take a screenshot, hit Super+MouseButton1.
                4. The crosshair will appear, and you select the area of the window you want to take a screenshot of.
                5. After completing the selection, Pinta will open.
                6. Hit Ctrl-V to paste the screenshot into Pinta.

                If you can figure out how to get Pinta/GIMP to open with the contents of the clipboard, then it is exactly what you want.

                For others reading this post, if you want to use GIMP instead of Pinta, just change pinta to gimp, in the Launch Application setting as shown in the CCSM window below.

                enter image description here

                share|improve this answer

                  0

                  0

                  0

                  Making it Work With Pinta

                  The original question implied that Pinta was the desired program to be used in editing the screenshot, so this is how you make that happen:

                  1. Install CCSM and it’s extra plugins with this command line: sudo apt install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins-extra
                  2. Configure the Screenshot plugin as shown in the picture below
                  3. To take a screenshot, hit Super+MouseButton1.
                  4. The crosshair will appear, and you select the area of the window you want to take a screenshot of.
                  5. After completing the selection, Pinta will open.
                  6. Hit Ctrl-V to paste the screenshot into Pinta.

                  If you can figure out how to get Pinta/GIMP to open with the contents of the clipboard, then it is exactly what you want.

                  For others reading this post, if you want to use GIMP instead of Pinta, just change pinta to gimp, in the Launch Application setting as shown in the CCSM window below.

                  enter image description here

                  share|improve this answer

                  Making it Work With Pinta

                  The original question implied that Pinta was the desired program to be used in editing the screenshot, so this is how you make that happen:

                  1. Install CCSM and it’s extra plugins with this command line: sudo apt install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins-extra
                  2. Configure the Screenshot plugin as shown in the picture below
                  3. To take a screenshot, hit Super+MouseButton1.
                  4. The crosshair will appear, and you select the area of the window you want to take a screenshot of.
                  5. After completing the selection, Pinta will open.
                  6. Hit Ctrl-V to paste the screenshot into Pinta.

                  If you can figure out how to get Pinta/GIMP to open with the contents of the clipboard, then it is exactly what you want.

                  For others reading this post, if you want to use GIMP instead of Pinta, just change pinta to gimp, in the Launch Application setting as shown in the CCSM window below.

                  enter image description here

                  share|improve this answer

                  share|improve this answer

                  share|improve this answer

                  edited Jan 29 ’18 at 16:26

                  answered Jan 16 ’18 at 23:36

                  SunnyDazeSunnyDaze

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