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12 Days of Xmas: Day Four – Shutter

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Screenshot tool ‘Shutter’ shuffles into view as we continue our 12 favourite applications of 2009 countdown.

First things first – Shutter is quite possibly the best Screenshot tool ever created. Period.

A super-quick summary of Shutter (as this isn’t a review or general post) would go something like this: –

  • Take a screenshot of your whole desktop, a specific window, a menu, a custom area – all with a configurable delay and optional titlebars and mouse.
  • Specify the naming scheme/pattern for saved files.
  • Edit files using the built in editor – add titles, icons from your installed themes, other screenshots or photos, highlight something, draw something and even order everything (can send anything drawn/added to back, front, etc)

  • Run some cool plugins – turn your screenshots into Polaroids, distort them, run effects or filters or just play about with them in 3-D space.
  • Upload your screnshots directly to Image Hosting sites such as

Best version yet
It was, however, the most recent release, 0.85, really helped notch Shutter up our list. It added a proverbial Santa’s sack of new features and improvements and for that we merrily tip our glass of mulled wine mug of coffee towards the Shutter team. Thank you!


Shutter can be found in the Ubuntu repositories just search for ‘Shutter’.

The most recent releases can be “got” using the Shutter PPA: –

Alternatively Beta releases can be “had” using the testing PPA: –

All of the PPA’s support Gutsy through Karmic.