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Linux Format - - LXFHOTPICKS -

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.

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