Take Screenshots Of Your Desktop With The HotShots Tool

November 19, 2013 | By
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There are many applications which can be use to take screenshots in a linux distribution, such as Shutter and Screenshot, but the one I would like to share with you guys through this article is called Hotshots. I like very much the Screenshot app and use it for my daily needs, but it does not have as many features as the Hotshots application.

What is the HotShots app?

Hotshots is a lightweight application used to capture screens. It is written in C++ programming language and is released under the GNU General Public License version 2.0 (GPLv2). The HotShots app gives you the option to save your screenshots in a variety of formats such as png, bmp, gif, jpg, tiff, ico, and many more.

Hotshots can be used to take screenshots of the entire screen, a specific window or a specific area. It is free and what is the most important thing, it is multiplatform.

I highly recommend this feature rich tool to every technical blogger, developer or linux user. It does what you tell it to do! Do you like to add some nice annotations to your screenshot so you can make it look more nice and easy to understand for everyone? You can do it in Hotshots, it comes with a tool to easily edit the captured images. The Hotshots app supports the following languages:

  1. Basque (Euskara)
  2. Chinese (Simplified)
  3. Czech
  4. English
  5. French
  6. Greek
  7. Italian
  8. Japanese
  9. Lithuanian
  10. Polish
  11. Romanian
  12. Russian
  13. Serbian
  14. Slovak
  15. Spanish
  16. Turkish
  17. Vietnamese

Install The HotShots App In Ubuntu And Linux Mint

Add the following PPA via terminal

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:dhor/myway

Figure 1

Run the following command to make sure your sources list is up to date.

sudo apt-get update

Install the HotShots app with the following command.

sudo apt-get hotshots

Figure 2

It time to try the app we just installed. Open a new terminal and launch the HotShots application with the following terminal command.

hotshots

Figure3

Figure 4

As you can see from Figure 4, we can specify the output path of our screenshots, capture mode (grab screen, grab windows, grab region, grab all screens, grab freehand region), set the snapshot delay and select one of the following actions once the snapshot is taken:

  1. Do nothing
  2. Auto save image
  3. Save image (ask user)
  4. Launch editor

Do you see how amazing and feature rich this snapshot application is?

I will take a snapshot with the specified delay and the freehand region capture mode.

Figure 5

The capture mode that works best for me is the grab region one. After you take a screenshot with HotShots you can upload the image to web, print it or edit with the editing tool. The tool is self explanatory and does not need many words to describe, just use it!

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