Version: 0.94 Web: www.shutter-project.org
Shutter is the program that you should launch instead of The Gimp if you want to label something on a screenshot, or obscure some details within it that you’d rather not make public. It’s perhaps the smartest and the most fully featured screenshot tool available on Linux (you can read about its closest rival, KSnip, in LXF223).
Shutter hasn’t seen any updates since 2014, so the new version is a pleasant surprise. However, there aren’t too many changes this time around, apart of a few fixes that improves Shutter’s stability when exporting images to Imgur and Dropbox. But what’s got us really interested in the latest version of the program is the number of useful editing tools for annotating images. Let’s look at what Shutter has up its sleeve. The main window is normally empty – it’s waiting for you to take a screenshot. Select the appropriate icon on the toolbar for taking either a snapshot of the entire desktop, a specific window or a particular area of
“Shutter has a number of useful editing tools for annotating an image”
your screen. In a couple of seconds, the image will appear in the main Shutter window. Right-click it and select Edit to transfer it into the dedicated editor window. Here you can add arrows, lines, shapes, text labels, auto-numbered circles, and also highlight certain parts or remove sensitive information.
The feature set of Shutter’s editor is pretty comprehensive and includes most tools that we commonly use in simple Paint- like programs. When you’ve finished editing, save your results and close the window – Shutter will display the altered version of the screenshot in its main window.
You can also apply various creative effects by selecting ‘Run a Plugin…” from the Context menu. Shutter comes with a decent set of effects, such as watermark, sepia, Polaroid, autocrop and more. You can customise and adjust most of the effects via dialog windows. Finally, save you work as a PNG image, or export it to an FTP server, or a cloud service such as Itmages, Imgur and others.
Overall, Shutter a powerful all-in-one solution for managing your screenshots. It’s definitely worth giving the program a– ahem – shot!
Adding annotations and extra objects over an image is straightforward, and can be fun, too.